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Gary Gilson
May 4, 1939 - October 30, 2018

Gary C. Gilson, 79, of Oelwein passed away on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Visitation will be from 4-7 PM on Friday November 2, 2018 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein and from 9:30 to 10:30 on Saturday at the Funeral Home. Funeral services will begin at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein with Father Ray Atwood and Deacon Jim Patera officiating.  Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery at Oelwein.  A memorial fund has been established.

Gary was born on May 4, 1939 in West Union, Iowa, the son of Oliver W. and Corinne (Wenger) Gilson. He attended school in Clermont, graduating in 1957. He later attended Upper Iowa University for two years where he played football and wrestled, before beginning employment with Interstate Power Company, retiring from Alliant Energy in 1999.  Gary was united in marriage with Beverly Oelberg on April 24, 1960 at the First Baptist Church in Elgin, Iowa. Beverly passed away on September 15, 1996. Gary was united in marriage to Karen Stevens on October 11, 1997 at Grace United Methodist Church in Oelwein. After his retirement, he enjoyed many years of working with all of the great people at Edgewater and Hickory Grove Golf Courses, vacations to Florida and Texas, helping his brother-in-law with fall farming, playing Santa Claus, reading westerns, delivering Meals on Wheels, coffee with the golf guys at Hickory Grove and eating at Subway. He was an active member of Sacred Heart Parish and the Knights of Columbus in Oelwein. He loved sports, especially baseball, and was a big fan of the Oelwein Huskies UNI Panthers, and Wartburg Knights.  Gary’s greatest enjoyment was following all his grandchildren’s activities. He was a very proud grandpa.  Gary touched many lives and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife Karen; daughter Becky Batterson of Waterloo; son Tim (Catherine) Gilson of Oelwein;  four step children: Ann (fiancé-Kevin Dycus), Bradley Burrows, Jeffery (Jill) Burrows  and Kelly (Andrew) Bourquin; eleven grandchildren: Brandon, Beau, Cortney, Taylor, Zac, Jacob, Graciela, Louis, Nolan, Trevor and Kyla; brother David Gilson of Des Moines; sister-in-law Alyce (Dean) Hilgerson; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Gary was preceded in death by his first wife Beverly; his parents Oliver and Corinne; his sister and her husband, Karen and Gene Ellis.  


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Dwight Edward Palas on December 19, 2020 at 6:49 AM said:

My mother, Doris Christine Johnson Palas, took care of Gary's first wife, Beverly, around 1943 or 1944 in West Union while her mother Esther Krueger Oelberg worked at a job. Beverly's father was in the navy during WW II. Beverly's stepfather Selmer Erickson lived up the road from my mother's parents, Edward J and Dena Johnson.
Nancy & Lyle Miller on November 5, 2018 at 10:46 AM said:

Sincere condolences. Great guy & always had a sense of humor. We will all miss him. (I will always wonder how he raided such good kids!)
Sheila Ives simon on November 5, 2018 at 4:23 AM said:

Gary was definitely a very special man. I remember him and the interstate Power guys having coffee at Kennedys Super Value. My deepest sympathy to Becky and Tim and the famy
Chuck and Connie Serra on November 3, 2018 at 5:49 PM said:

We are so sorry for the loss of Gary. I had some good times with Gary like the year when the Girl Scout troupe didn’t have a leader. Gary and three other Dads took over the troupe for a full year. We all had a great year. Will miss his infectious smile.
BRIAN on November 3, 2018 at 8:18 AM said:

Stephen Silver on November 2, 2018 at 8:53 AM said:

We are so sorry to hear about Gary. He was a great guy with a great sense of humor. We always liked visiting with him. He will be missed.

Steve and Mary Silver
Beth Gloede Siebman on November 2, 2018 at 6:04 AM said:

Tim and Becky
so sorry for your loss. Your Dad was a great man! loved that smile and laugh! Thinking of you all at this sad time
Bernie Kleppe on November 1, 2018 at 6:30 PM said:

We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband & our prayers, thoughts & sympathy are with you all & May God Bless during this difficult time.
Ron Reisner on November 1, 2018 at 6:20 PM said:

What a great guy. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Beth Bunn on November 1, 2018 at 6:13 PM said:

I’m so sorry to see this Tim and Becky! He was such a delightful guy and I miss chatting with him. May you find comfort in your memories, thinking of you all??
Gene and Sara Fuelling on November 1, 2018 at 1:30 PM said:

We are so sorry for your loss. Gary was a very special man who deeply loved Chis family.
Eric & Shelly Ashline on November 1, 2018 at 1:16 PM said:

Sending our support to all of you during this sad time in your lives. God has sent his Angel's for Gary. Peace.
Daryl and Jackie Ruff on November 1, 2018 at 1:15 PM said:

So very sorry to hear! Gary was always so friendly, such a kind soul. He will be missed! Sympathies to all.
Chris Suckow on November 1, 2018 at 1:11 PM said:

So very sorry for your loss. Gary was a great guy, I always enjoyed visiting with him whenever we would cross paths. Our family sends or sympathies to all of you.
Lindsay (Jelinek) Kuennen on November 1, 2018 at 12:19 PM said:

I am so sorry for you loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family.

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