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Gary Kains

12/04/1933 - 06/17/2024
Service Date: 06/25/2024
Service Time: 9:00 AM
Service Location: City of Mesa Cemetery 1212 N Center Street, Mesa, AZ 85201

On Monday, June 17, Gary Kains passed away from natural causes in Mesa, Arizona with his wife and brother-in-law by his side. He was 90 years old.

Gary was born on December 4, 1933, to Louis Stanley and Ruth Berger Kains in Nyack, New York. He graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1951 and then went on to earn his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1955.

He worked as an aerospace propulsion engineer beginning in 1955 with North American Aviation in Downey, California, then with Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford, Connecticut and finally with AiResearch (later Honeywell) in Phoenix, Arizona.

He lived in Scottsdale, Arizona from 1966 until 1987.

Surviving him are his children John (Kathleen), Cynthia and David (Andrea) as well as his grandchildren Ransom and Audrey and step grandchild Carolyn Bullock.

Also surviving him are his wife of 36 years, Lee Ana Brimhall Kains, brother-in-law Gail Brimhall (Mariann Mirelez) and sister-in-law Cathy Johnson.

Gary and Lee Ana lived in Mesa from 1987 until his passing.

While living in Arizona he was a member of Scottsdale Masonic Lodge No. 43, Scottsdale Mounted Sheriff’s Posse, Phoenix Scottish Rite, Royal Order of Scotland and the Caledonian Society of Arizona.

His hobbies included team roping, golf, hunting, fishing, photography, playing the bagpipes, cooking, reading and gardening. Gary also had a passion for anything connected to his primary ethnicities: Scottish and Hungarian. This included cuisine, music, language and attire. He also enjoyed spending time with his wife at their cabin in Overgaard.

Masonic graveside services will be held at the City of Mesa Cemetery on the morning of Tuesday, June 25 at 9:00.



Arrangements by Bunker’s University Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.


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