Gary W. Stolen

December 10, 1933 - December 02, 2022


Obituary For Gary W. Stolen

Fort Lauderdale, FL/Madison, WI - Gary W. Stolen passed away peacefully on December 2, 2022 from a surgery complication in Florida, just 10 days shy of his 89th birthday.

Gary was a lifelong student, always trying to better himself. He was always attempting to master new things and had many interests. He, with his wife Delila, traveled the world, spent many happy years ballroom dancing and staying close with his family. He also had a love for jazz music. Keeping a positive attitude was a major goal for him. He had a lifelong obsession with cribbage which he shared with family and so many friends.

Gary served in the army and was stationed in Hawaii. He was a business leader in the Madison area. He attended Madison Business College and went on to get his Brokers Real Estate License. He started out a self-taught painter painting homes and doing some decorating and creating Stolen Painting & Decorating. He was a high-end home builder going into business with Gale Mcky (Stolen-Mcky). They were involved in the Parade of Homes for many years. Gary then went on to commercial real estate as G.W. Stolen, Inc. building various office buildings in Madison and finally building Olde Towne Office Park on the west side. He was highly involved in the Madison Builders Assoc. eventually speaking at the national convention and then with the Commercial Broker’s Group.

He is survived by 4 children, Karen McNeil (James), Katherine Sime (Scott), Susan Stolen and Greg Stolen (Laurie), 10 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, his brother Tom Stolen and sisters-in-law Joyce Stolen, Esther Horsted and Bernie Cook and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 58 years, Delila (Cook); sisters Audrey Rosseter and Shirley Middleton; brothers Leon, Terrance (TR) and Andrew; many brothers and sisters in law and newphews Thomas Farr and Michael Rosseter.

A visitation will be held on Monday, December 12, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 2418 N. Sherman Ave., Madison. A private interment will be held at St. Mary of the Lake Cemetery.

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  • 12/27/2022

  • 12/14/2022

    Gary was the best boss I have ever had! He taught me the ropes on how to be a successful Leasing Agent. He was also like a father to me, and treated my family like his own. I will always remember the great times we had together dancing and dining at the New Glarus Hotel! Love you forever, Jodie

  • 12/10/2022

    Our condolences to all Gary's family and friends! we will always remember the good times we had. Steve and Allyson Krowitz

  • 12/09/2022

    I have fond memories watching Gary and his wife dancing at the famous Stolen party every year! He definitely knew how to throw a party. The gals at Madison Oral Surgery always looked forward to thar fantastic event. RIP Gary and thanks for the memories 🥰 Johnna Swenson

  • 12/08/2022

    Gary, You were very special to me, always treating me as a member of your family, always fun, always interesting, always caring. Your passing leaves an unfillable void in my life. Thank you for welcoming my daughters Amy and Molly into your life. They are sad with your leaving this earth. We shall meet again to share some wine and I will bring your glass! Love, Ken Sipsma and Amy and Molly Sipsma

  • 12/07/2022

    Gary led a great life. He was a strong personality that I admired! I also admired him for the fact that he was self-made man with a great, positive outlook on everything. RIP my friend!! Ron Morken


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