Archive for Thursday, August 16, 2007

Colonel James “Jim” C. Gnage

1945-2007

August 16, 2007

Colonel James "Jim" C. Gnage, 61, of Lansing, died Thursday, August 9, 2007, at the Select Specialty in Overland Park.

He was born on August 30, 1945, in Rochester, N.Y., to the late Charles Amiel and Irene Catherine (Ruffle) Gnage.

On April 10, 1999, he was united in marriage to Brenda Joan Moor in Las Vegas, Nev. She survives of the home.

Col. Gnage was drafted into military service in September 1966. Following graduation from Engineer Officer Candidate School in 1967, he served as an instructor in Engineer Tactics for nine months at the U.S. Army Artillery Missile School in Fort Sill, Okla. While serving in the Republic of Vietnam, Col. Gnage was assigned to the 15th Engineer Battalion, 9th Infantry Division, as a Platoon Leader and as the Reconnaissance Officer.

Upon his return to the United States in 1969, Col. Gnage was assigned as an instructor at Fort Belvoir. He left Fort Belvoir in 1970 for undergraduate study at Rochester Institute of Technology, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.

His next assignment took him to the Federal Republic of Germany, where he served three years with the 23rd Engineer Battalion as an Assistant Operations officer, Company Commander and Adjutant.

After returning to the United States in 1975, he graduated from the Engineer Officer Advanced Course and was then assigned to Fort Knox, Ky. During his tour at Fort Knox, he was Project Officer and Operation Officer for the U.S. Armor and Engineer Board. Also during his tour, Col. Gnage served two years as a Battalion Advisor with the Engineer Team, Readiness Group, Fort Knox.

In 1982, following graduation from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Col. Gnage was assigned to Fort Belvoir, Va., where he served as a doctrine writer and engineer instructor.

Col. Gnage returned to troop duty when he became Executive Officer of the 1st Engineer Battalion, Engineer Training Brigade from March to August 1983, and as the Brigade Executive Officer from August 1983 until January 1984.

Col. Gnage served as the Battalion Commander of the 19th Engineer Battalion (Corp.) (Combat) from May 1985 to May 1987.

After command Col. Gnage went to Fort Leavenworth, where he served as a Staff Leader at the Combined Arms and Services Staff School.

In 1990, Col. Gnage became the first Director of the Engineer, Combat Support Test Directorate of the newly formed Test and Evaluation Command (TEXCOM).

Col. Gnage served as the Directorate of Engineering and Housing for the 99th Area Support Group in Nuernberg, Germany.

Col. Gnage was also Chief of Staff and Deputy to the Commanding General of a combined task force in Iraq (Operation Provide Comfort).

Col. Gnage has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster), the Meritorious Service Medal (Silver Leaf Cluster), the Air Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (4th Oak Leaf Cluster, 1 with V), and several campaign and service medals.

He was preceded in death by his sister-in-law Kathy Duris-Gnage.

Jim is survived by his wife Brenda of the home; a son: David Gnage and his wife Jennifer of Rochester, N.Y.; a daughter: Katherine Rynkiewicz and her husband John of Rochester, N.Y.; two brothers: Gary of Ontario, N.Y., and Dennis and his wife Clare of Sandusky, Ohio; half-brother: Charles T. "Terry" Gnage, and his wife MaryAnn of Bluffton, S.C.; half-sister: Gail Adkins of Stanly, N.Y.; two stepdaughters: Rhonda Reed of Salina and Paula Reed of Mounds, Okla.; three grandchildren: Sarah and Carolyn Gnage and Isabell Rynkiewicz.

Graveside services were held Tuesday, August 14, 2007, at the Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Memorial Funds can be sent to the Disabled American Veteran, Veterans Medical Center, 4101 S. 4th Trafficway; Leavenworth, KS 66048.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Belden-Larkin Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

Condolences may be sent to www.beldenlarkin.com.

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