Gary Lee Lamie of rural West Point, IN, passed away at his home on Friday, February 22, 2013. Lamie was President of the Indiana Corn Marketing Council and Past President of the Indiana Corn Growers Association. Jane Ade Stevens, Executive Director of the Indiana Corn Marketing Council, released a statement Sunday evening, “He was an exceptional farmer, leader and friend to many, and we will miss him dearly. Our sincere condolences are with his wife Kathleen and the entire Lamie family.”
Lamie (52) graduated from McCutcheon High School in 1979, received his Bachelor’s Degree from Purdue in Agricultural Economics in 1983, and a Master’s Degree in Management from Indiana Wesleyan in 2010. A lifetime member of the Purdue Alumni Association, he traveled to France in 2005 as part of Purdue’s Agri-Days IV French/Indiana Farmer Exchange Program. He was a Jackson Township trustee for several years, as well as a volunteer EMT for the West Point Fire Department.
For the past 10 years, he was a leader in the Indiana Corn Growers Association (past president), the National Corn Growers Association (vice chair for research and business development) and the Indiana Corn Marketing Council (current president). He traveled extensively with these groups, planning strategy and conferring with elected officials in Indianapolis and Washington, D.C. He was instrumental in helping establish Indiana’s corn check-off program. Lamie was also a strong champion for the Purdue Student New Uses Corn Contest which encourages college students to find innovative new uses for corn, and his farm was a frequent stop for students and international trade teams. In 2008, he was selected to represent Indiana in the Syngenta “Leadership At Its Best” program.
Visitation will be 5 – 8 p.m. Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at Hippensteel Funeral Home. Services will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at Christ United Methodist Church, 3610 S. 18th Street, Lafayette followed by a burial at Sugar Grove Cemetery in Jackson Township.