Family and friends gather to remember Gary Ryan at the Gayndah Presbyterian Church.
Family and friends gather to remember Gary Ryan at the Gayndah Presbyterian Church. Tobi Loftus

200 turn out to farewell murder victim Gary Ryan

MUNDUBBERA murder victim Gary Ryan was remembered by about 200 family and friends at a moving funeral service at the Gayndah Presbyterian Church on Monday.

In the eulogy, read by a family friend, Mr Ryan's sister Gail Muller said Mr Ryan had a love of fixing vehicles.

"When Gary was in grade 2, he was thrilled when his brother Greg won a dragster bike and gave it him," Mrs Muller said.

"During a visit from Gary's future brother-in-law, he had fun covering his go-cart with the tonneau cover from Trevor's Holden ute.

"Trevor was not pleased and it took quite a while to get all the nails out."

Mrs Muller said Mr Ryan was known as 'Mr Fixit'.

"Gary was always available to help friends or strangers when they needed assistance with vehicles," he said.

"He has driven many kilometres to help stranded motorists.

"Recently working as a mechanic in Mundubbera, he has mainly helped itinerant workers with their difficult cars."

In 2010, Mr Ryan was also first on the scene of a car crash in Hervey Bay, where he pulled out two children from the wreckage.

He also developed a hobby and many friendships in the feral ute fraternity.

"His Feral Ute won him many trophies and ribbons and he took part in the Brisbane Ekka ute competition.

"Gary's ute was his pride and joy."

Mr Ryan died on August 23 from multiple stab wounds.

Orange man Mark Stephen Crump, 35, 70-year-old Dubbo man Trevor Spencer and 63-year-old Rockhampton man Stephen Peter Crump have been charged with murder.

They will appear in court on September 19.



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