Gary Gene Antoniewicz, died on Sunday, April 9, 2023, at the age of 72 in Green Bay, Wisconsin after a long and hard-fought battle with COPD. He was born on May 20, 1950, to the late Jeannette R. Wu (Antoniewicz Mattmiller) and John H. Antoniewicz. He graduated from Southwest High School in 1968 and two years later he graduated from NWTC with a degree in Industrial Electronics. Shortly after graduating from NWTC, Gary joined the United States Air Force where he proudly served his country for 20 years, 6 months, 23 days and 6 hours and retired as a Master Sergeant.
During his time in the Air Force, he was stationed at many places such as Minot AFB, North Dakota; Charleston AFB, South Carolina; Altus, AFB, Oklahoma; Udon Thani AFB, Thailand, and Clark AFB, Philippines. While in the Air Force, he learned Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC) Auto Pilot and worked on B52 Bombers, KC135 (Gas station in the sky) and the F4 Phantom.
While stationed in Thailand, Gary met and married Douy (Dow) Gantanoy. With this union twin children Mary and Jimmy were born. Gary also adopted Dow’s son En. Gary later was stationed in the Philippines. Here he met and later married Elizabeth (Beth) Yadong.
Gary loved the outdoors, learning to fish from his dad. After the passing of his dad when he was eleven, he then continued to enjoy fishing and hunting with his best friend Charley “Snook”. He also loved to tell “dad” jokes and write poetry. While he was stationed at Altus AFB he would love to go to the local racetrack and help a friend tinker with their racecar. Gary also loved gardening and was a very good cook. Gary was an avid Packer fan and enjoyed going to every home game once he moved back to Green Bay including attending Super Bowl XLV with his sister Meg.
Survivors include his wife, Beth. Also left behind to honor his memory is Gary’s daughter Mary (Julio) Cedillo, Altus, OK; sister Pam (Andy) Racine, Green Bay; brother Rick (Carol) Mattmiller, Birnamwood; brother-in-law David Olejniczak, Green Bay; grandson De’Shon and granddaughter Cheyenne, and numerous special nieces and nephews. Beth’s daughters Bembet (Erwin) and Carmencita (Christopher); Grandchildren: Dexter, Flony, Martin, Jade, Darrel, Mary Anthonette, Crista May, and Great Grandson Clyde all of the Philippines; also trusted housekeeper, Wilfredo.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents Jeannette Mattmiller; John Antoniewicz; Richard Mattmiller; sister Meg Olejniczak; wife Douy (Gantanoy) Antoniewicz; and sons En and Jimmy Antoniewicz.
Services will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2023 at 4:00 pm at the Lyndahl Funeral Home, 1350 Lombardi Ave., with full military honors. Relatives and friends may greet the family on Saturday, June 17, 2023 at the funeral home from 2:00 pm until the time of service at 4:00 pm.
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A special thank you to the Unity Hospice Team: Sam, Sarah, and Chaplain Bob.
The Lyndahl Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements.
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