Gary Wayne Itri

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Gary Wayne Itri, 63, of Fredericksburg and formerly of California, died Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014.

A funeral mass was celebrated Thursday, Jan. 16, at 2 p.m., at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Msgr. Michael Boulette officiating. Mary Ann Murchison was the pianist and Tricia Eilers, the vocalist.

Interment followed in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Arrangements were under the direction of Schaetter Funeral Home where visitation was held Thursday morning and early afternoon.

Itri was born Feb. 9, 1950, in Fredericksburg, the son of Henry John Itri and Marie Williamson Itri.

At the age of 12 years, Itri’s musical career began as a member of a boy band, “The Crossfires”. Music producer Richie Podoler then brought the band to Los Angeles to record. 

Years later, he played bass with Roger Miller, performing once at the White House.

Other groups he was part of included “Blues Image,” “Hot,” “The Dillards,” and “S.S. Fools.”

Itri authored hundreds of songs, among them: “Took a Likin’ to Your Love,” “Love is Her Middle Name,” “Here to Stay,” “Sweet Brown Lady,” “Glenn Miller,” “Shades of Blue,” “Easy Lovin’,” “See You In My Dreams,” “Angel in Your Arms,” and “Ride Captain Ride.”

He received two gold records and one platinum album with Three Dog Night’s recording of “Midnight Runaway.”

Itri is survived by a daughter, Alexandria Itri; a son, Austin Itri, and the mother of his children, Mary Itri, all of California.

Survivors also include his mother, Marie, Mrs. Henry Itri of Fredericksburg; two brothers, one sister and spouses, including Don and Eileen Itri of Fredericksburg, Felicia and Steve York of Austin and Chris Itri of Phoenix, Ariz.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Memorials may be made to the charity of choice.

Pallbearers included Jimmy Da Voe, Brian Itri, Tony Oehler, Ricardo Silva, Shane Turkett and Steve York.

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