It is with great sadness that we have taken notice of the passing of Gary Kufahl at the age of 83. Gary has been instrumental in the development of the Heart of America Region as a long time board member and official. He trained and mentored many officials in the area, from recreational level to top collegiate officials. His patience and kindness will be remembered by many that have been in contact with Gary over the long years of his involvement with volleyball. A true great of the region has gone. Gary was a (retired) USA Volleyball National Referee and Scorer. Gary was inducted into the Heart of America Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2009 and was the first recipient of the HOA Officials Lifetime Service Award.