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Gwyn VanCleave, age 68, son of Rheda Bridges and Edith Virginia Day VanCleave was born February 16, 1945 in Atlanta, Georgia. He passed away July 8, 2013 at Texas County Memorial Hospital, Houston, MO.

Gwyn is preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Dwight. He is survived by his wife Irene of Houston, MO and three children: Stephen of Dallas, TX; Carol and husband Captain Kevin Daul of Fort Riley, KS; Linda and husband Dr. Lee Greer of Riverside, CA; a sister Brenda and husband Charles Lee of Chattanooga, TN; a brother Phillip VanCleave and wife Carolyn of Cleveland, TN, five grandchildren, an aunt, uncle, several nieces, nephews, cousins, a loving mother-in-law Alice Capps Hudgins of Keene, Texas and a host of numerous family members

He married the love of his life, Irene Alberta Capps on August 11, 1967 in the chapel at Fort Sam Houston, TX prior to his departure for service in Vietnam as a Medic. After 14 months of service, he returned home to his bride and continued his education culminating with a degree in theology and a minor in elementary education and history in 1972 from Southern Adventist University, Collegedale, TN. He taught church school for a short time then studied to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist. He worked in this field many years while raising his children. Later in his life, he went back to school and studied to become a Registered Massage Therapist and a Registered Nurse.

Gwyn was a faithful member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church and avidly studied scripture sharing its treasures with many at home and abroad. He and Irene traveled together sharing the eight laws of health, natural remedies and Bible studies to the countries of: Papua New Guinea; Kenya, Africa; London, England; Germany; Sweden; Russia; Ukraine; India. Many precious friends were made as a result of these travels.

He loved working in the garden sharing its beautiful produce with many. He was never afraid of work and always available to lift a helping hand for others in need. His children thank him for teaching them how to work with conscientious faithfulness, detail, and perseverance. He loved his children, grandchildren, other family and friends very much, always encouraging them to be faithful in service to God.

Gwyn, as a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and friend will be greatly missed while he rests in his earthen bed! His family and many friends look forward to resurrection morning when their loved ones breath will be given back to him at the sound of Jesus’ silver trumpet and God’s voice, as the sound of many waters, calling all who have been faithful to arise from their dusty or watery beds. What a glorious day that will be! 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17.

Memorials may be made to Mission work in India. Online condolences may be made at

Graveside services were held at 3:00 P.M. Friday July 12, 2013 with full military honors at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Fort Leonard Wood with Captain Chaplain Kevin Daul officiating. Pallbearers were; Steve VanCleave, Al Scott, Rocky Taft, Jeremiah Daul, Nathan Taft and Phillip Taft. Services were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. The family held a Memorial service Friday July 12, 2013 at 7:00 P.M. at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Houston, MO.

One Response to “Gwyn VanCleave”

  • Ron Spencer says:

    Aug 6

    I just got the news of Gwen’s death. Never have I lost an ounce of gratitude for the fam bringing me to the Sabbath & memory of him crooning “Holy Day.” Gwyn, Irene & the girl’s love for me was immeasurable. Knowing you was a major milestone. Thanks to all the family.


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