Geary Labuary, 65, of California, Mo., formerly of Festus, died Oct. 2, 2017, at his home.
He was a 1970 graduate of Festus High School and earned a football scholarship to Northwest Missouri State University, graduating in 1974. Mr. Labuary served as head football coach at Windsor High School in Imperial, as well as high schools in Clinton, Ill., Albany, Mo., and Beloit, Kan., before settling in California. He coached the Pintos to three state championship games, winning the title in 1997 and coming in second in 1998 and 1999. He was one of six Missouri coaches with 307 wins. He was an avid hunter, and enjoyed gardening and spending time with his family and grandchildren. Born Nov. 2, 1951, in St. Louis, he was the son of Betty Labuary of Festus and the late Donald D. Labuary.
He is survived by his wife: Stephany (Langelier) Labuary, whom he married on July 26, 1974, in Festus; two sons: Tony (Kim) Labuary of California, Mo., and Justin (Beth) Shaver of Festus; two daughters: Rachel Buehrle of St. Charles and Katie (Seenu) Cherukumilli of Alabama; a brother: Coach Dale (Sue) Labuary of Monroe City; a sister: Debbie Otte of Festus; five grandchildren: Sydney and Sahara Labuary and Luke, Peyton and Cody Shaver; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Visitation is scheduled from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, at the California High School. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, at the Annunciation Catholic Church in California, officiated by Father Tony Renaldo. Burial is in the Annunciation Catholic Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Special Olympics, Ducks Unlimited or the Mustard Seed Program c/o the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Home in California, Mo.