Garry Ault, 78, passed away in his sleep on Tuesday, December 26, 2017.
Garry was born the last of four children to Herschel and Velma (Colwell) Ault on November 30, 1939 in St Helens, OR. The family moved around during World War II and Garry’s experiences as a young child on the Oregon coast and during wartime stuck with him. As a young child Garry was cared for by his father who had been injured in a mill accident while his mom worked as a teacher. Eventually, the family settled in Willamina, OR. Garry attended school graduated from Willamina High, where he had been active in drama, band, and a photographer for the yearbook, in 1958.
Garry enlisted in the Navy and served 6 years. While he was in the service, he married Sonja Erickson from McMinnville. Garry and Sonja had three daughters, Susan, Kimberly, and Debra. In 1967, Garry moved the family to Boise, Idaho so that he could work for his sister, Margaret, and brother-in-law, Harvey, at Miller’s Sew and Vac. Later, the couple separated and moved back to Oregon.
After a time, Garry was transferred back to Boise to work in the office for Zieman Manufacturing. Garry met Sandy Aylsworth in a church K-group in early 1974. They were married at Red Rock Christian Church on Nov. 23, 1974. Garry and Sandy enjoyed the church, road trips, and family, especially Garry’s daughters. Every trip to Oregon had a mandatory stop at the beach and discussion about moving to Tillamook to open a vacuum shop. For many years, Garry also operated a CB on the handle “Cinnamon Bear.”
In 1980, Garry and Sandy quit their jobs, bought All Makes Vacuum on Orchard, and welcomed their daughter Seanna. At the shop, Garry repaired and sold vacuums. Garry loved being a small business owner and was proud whenever people recognized him as ‘the vacuum man.’ They sold the shop and retired after 31 years.
Family and friends were both dismayed and amused by Garry’s love of bright colors and fascination with plaid. Sandy encouraged Garry and made him clothing (mostly polyester) that seemed to be all the colors of the rainbow.
Taking after his parents, Garry was passionate about politics and US History. From a young age he was a proud Democrat. Garry was active in volunteering for local Democrats and so excited when District 17 flipped blue. Politics was such an important part of family life that Garry and his sister, Jessie, would talk long and loud about national and local politics. Recently, Garry was thrilled to see Bernie Sanders speak and escort Seanna and friends at the Women’s March in Boise.
Garry was a member of the Kuna Grange and especially proud of the Grange’s work raising money for public television. Both Garry and Sandy were active at Red Rock; Garry’s service focused on working in the men’s group, acting as an elder, and sharpening scissors to raise money for the camp program.
Garry was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Sandy, a brother, Erwin, before Garry’s birth, and his sister Margaret Miller. He is survived by his sister Jessie Clements, Auburn, WA; daughters Susan Ault (Steve Wong), Kirkland, WA, Kim Ault, McMinnville, OR, Debbie Williams (Andy), McMinnville, OR, and Seanna (Dylan Stark), Boise; grandchildren Devon and Tia Williams (both in Portland), and nephew Garry Clements (Maple Valley, WA).
A memorial service will take place at Red Rock Christian Church (address below) at 1:00 pm on Saturday, January 20, 2018.
Memorial gifts may be made to RRCC Camper Fund, 1124 S. Roosevelt, Boise, ID 83705.