Gary Dean Cooling, 63, of LeGrand, passed away Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at the Iowa River Hospice in Marshalltown, Iowa surrounded by his loving family. A memorial visitation will be held on Friday, October 13, 2017 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at New Hope Christian Church in Marshalltown. A memorial service will be held at the same location on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor David Peterson officiating. A private family burial will be held at a later date.
Gary was born February 14, 1954 to in Grinnell, Iowa the youngest of twelve children of Eldon V. and Julia E. (Borton) Cooling. His early years were spent in the Ely and Solon areas, later moving to LeGrand, where he graduated from LDF High School in 1972. On July 9, 1977, Gary wed his sweetheart, LouAnn Milleson of Colo, Iowa. They welcomed two daughters into thier lives, Andrea and Amanda.
On September 6, 1980, Gary proudly joined the U.S. Army, where he was stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado; Frankfurt, Germany; and Ft. Lewis, Washington; achieving the rank of Sergent. Gary drove semi trucks in the Army as well as before and after over the road for many years. In 1989, Gary, LouAnn and their daughters returned to LeGrand to be closer to family. Gary had been employed at Lennox Industries in Marshalltown for over 20 years. He was a member of New Hope Christian Church, American Legion, UAW Skilled Trades, and prior member of the volunteer LeGrand Fire Department. Gary had a great love for God, his Lord and Savior, his family and his friends. He also enjoyed serving others at the House of Compassion, Salvation Army and other countless ways in his daily life. Laughter, motorcycling, traveling across the country, and playing cards with family and friends also brought him great joy.
Those left to cherish his loving memory are his wife of 40 years LouAnn of LeGrand; daughters Andrea (Jess) Ruark of Kansas City, MO, and Amanda Nablo (James Bland) of Des Moines; grandson Tyler Nablo (Kelsey Deschamp) of Marshalltown; brothers Garol (Ruth) Cooling of LeGrand, Vernon (Ruthie) Cooling of Garwin, Lloyd (Lois) Cooling of Ely, Dale Cooling of Solon, Lyle (Joyce) Cooling of Solon, and Duane (Deb) Cooling of Gilman; sister Margaret (Dick) Hajek of Solon; mother-in-law Ramona Milleson of Nevada, IA; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Anna Hartwig of Ames, Gary Keen of Nevada, Earl (Nancy) Milleson of Colo, Larry (Jodi) Milleson of Charles City and many other fantastic relatives and wonderful friends.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Eldon and Julia Cooling; brothers and sister-in-laws Arthur (Esther) Cooling, Darol (Joyce) Cooling, and Dallas (Mary) Cooling; sister and brother-in-law LaVonne (Walt) Walters; father-in-law Roscoe Milleson; and a sisters-in-law Susan Keen and Cindy Milleson.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions will be given to New Hope Missions to help others go on missions trips and achieve their dreams.
Fredregill Funeral & Cremation Care, in Baxter, has been entrusted with the care of Gary and his family.
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