Gary L. Grametbauer, age 75, of Kingston, TN, died January 29, 2020, after a short illness. Gary was born in Canton, Ohio, and was a graduate of Hoover High School and the University of Akron. He was employed for more than 30 years at the Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant, where he was a manager in instrumentation engineering.
From the time he was a child, Gary had an abiding passion for and curiosity about the outdoors and the natural world, and with his move to Tennessee that grew into a great zeal for hiking. He was never happier or more at peace than when he was on the trail, always eager to know what might lie around the next bend. He was for many years an active volunteer with the Cumberland Trail Conference, which he served at one point as acting president. When indoors, he enjoyed doing genealogy research for himself, family members, and friends. He was a classical music lover and an accomplished pianist.
Gary is survived by his loving wife, Carol, of 53 years.
Memorials may be made to the Cumberland Trails Conference, 409 Thurman Ave. #102, Crossville, TN 38555; or to Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning, P.O. Box 6873, Oak Ridge, TN 37831. The mountains are calling and I must go. – John Muir
Gary Grametbauer’s Celebration of Life is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, in Room 102 at First Presbyterian Church in Oak Ridge, 1501 Oak Ridge Turnpike. (Room 102 is in the church’s administration building, the building closest to Lafayette Drive.)