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Gabe Mandry

Gabriel Alexander “Gabe” Mandry, 31, of Cape Girardeau, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021, near Nashville, TN, in an automobile accident.

Gabe was born Aug. 3, 1990, in Anchorage, AK, to Kevin and Emily Friedrich Mandry. He and Samantha Purifoy were married Oct. 11, 2014, in an outdoor ceremony at the home of a cousin, near Allenville. Two sons were born to their union, David and Micah Mandry. In June 2021, Gabe and his family moved from Colorado Springs, CO, to Cape Girardeau.

Gabe was a 2009 Home-school graduate. He worked five years at Chick-Fil-a in Colorado Springs. He then worked many years as a building manager at McAuliffe Elementary School in Colorado Springs. He was currently employed as a material handler at Cape Electrical Supply in Cape Girardeau.

Not only did Gabe love his family deeply, but he also truly had a heart for the Lord. He was a longtime member of First Southern Baptist Church in Colorado Springs where he was a youth leader and ordained a deacon. He also served as a deacon and a Sunday school teacher at Heritage Baptist Church in Colorado Springs. He and Sammi were currently attending Lynwood Baptist Church in Cape Girardeau and were looking forward to teaching Sunday school.

To cherish his memory, Gabe leaves his wife of seven years, Samantha, and their sons of Cape Girardeau; his parents, Kevin and Emily Mandry and two brothers, Jonathan (Rebecca) Mandry and Peter Mandry, all of Colorado Springs; his maternal grandmother, Maxine Friedrich of Jackson; his father-in-law, Clay (Rhyen) Purifoy of Myrtle Beach, SC; his mother-in-law, Lisa Herring of Ash, NC; Sammi’s paternal grandparents, Bennie (Linda) Purifoy of South Carolina and Sammi’s maternal grandfather, Pinkie Herring of Ash, NC.

He was preceded in death by Sammi’s brother, David Purifoy; paternal grandparents, Raymond and Ruth Mandry; maternal grandfather, C. Earl Friedrich; Sammi’s paternal grandmother, Von Purifoy and her maternal grandmother, Lucy Herring.

To celebrate Gabe’s life, the Rev. Mark Anderson will conduct a memorial service at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, at Lynwood Baptist Church in Cape Girardeau.

Memorials to the family are appreciated. Online contributions may be given by visiting https://gofund.me/ca9659ab. Memorials may also be given in person at the memorial service. Please make checks payable to Samantha Mandry.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by clicking on the tribute wall tab of Gabe’s personal obituary page at mccombsfuneralhome.com.

Jay Forness covers education, county government and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Jackson for the past five years. He can be reached at cbjedit@socket.net.

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