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Friday October 15th, 2021
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Gary Lee Larsen

Gary Lee Larsen, 79, died peacefully at home on October 12, 2021.

Gary was born on March 1, 1942, to Elmer and Eva (Petersen) Larsen in Hamlin, Iowa. Gary graduated from North Nodaway HIgh School in Hopkins, Missouri in 1960. He then moved to Des Moines and attended Iowa Barber College. On May 5, 1963, Gary married Janet (Garrard) and they have made many memories together over the past 58 years.

Gary worked as a mechanic at Armstrong Tire and retired after 30 years. After his retirement he worked at Aircraft Supermarket in DeSoto, and in construction until he completely retired at age 72.

Gary’s children Sheryl and Kevin were blessed with the most amazing dad. He always had time for them and made family vacations a priority, from cross-country trips to camping at Saylorville Lake. They always knew he loved them no matter what, even when he used his “big voice” to get his point across.

Gary lived life to the fullest every day. He worked hard, played hard and loved big. He told the best stories, although he may have embellished minor details. He was always thinking of ways to have a good time, and was known as the “fun uncle” by his many nieces and nephews. Gary loved adventure, which he achieved by racing cars, demolition derby, driving his Harley, learning to fly ultralight aircraft, dirt biking, boating, water skiing and anything else he could dream up.

Gary was always generous to anyone he saw needing help. He was a kind son, brother, husband, father, uncle, Papa, neighbor and friend. Everyone that loved him will feel his absence, but have so many wonderful memories to remind them of the one-of-a-kind man that he was.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, sister Rebecca Saar, brother Darald Larsen, brother-in-law Craig Stumme and sister-in-law Kila Larsen. He is survived by wife Janet, daughter Sheryl (Kevin) Holle, son Kevin Larsen; brothers Virgil (Mary Ann) Larsen and Leon (Sharon) Larsen; sister Joy Stumme; sisters-in-law Betty Akers, Mary Ann Guerrero and Lois Hodge; brother-in-law Phil Saar; grandchildren Grant (Anna) Holle, Garrett Holle, Gavin (Miranda) Holle, Greg Holle, Galia Holle and Graycen Holle; great-grandchildren Bennett, Easton, Marcus, Kylan and Avery Holle; as well as many beloved nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Friday, October 15, 2021 from 5 to 7 p.m. and a funeral service will be held Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 10:30 a.m., both at Ernst Funeral Home, Waukee. Interment to follow at the Brethren Cemetery outside of Dallas Center.

Ernst Funeral & Cremation Services of Waukee has been entrusted with Gary's final arrangements.

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melvin petersen jr Oct 16 2021 7:54 AM

We will deeply miss Gary's sweet, warm voice. His memory will never die and that sweet deep voice will be with us always.

DORLY ELLEFSON Oct 15 2021 5:20 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Gary Larsen

BOB & DORLY ELLEFSON Oct 15 2021 5:15 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Gary Larsen

Amber Larsen Oct 14 2021 6:23 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Gary Larsen

Jean Emily Poock Oct 14 2021 10:15 AM

My sister Heather and I were babysat by Janet until we moved to Oklahoma. Every summer we came back to visit and had to see our second parents, Janet and Gary. And EVERY year we each got our ride on the Harley. Gary taught us from birth if it wasn't a Harley it was NOT a motorcycle. When sis and I were still pretty young I sat behind Gary and she rode in front of him. Will never forget the time we got pulled over by a cop and Gary played it cool swearing he had no clue my sis could not ride in front of him. Cop let us off with a warning of course and Gary just laughed.... he knew she was not supposed to ride in front but wad our tradition and he wanted to keep it going! We did ride solo with him after that but could not wait for our turn on the ol' Hog!! Good times, GREAT memories!

Mindy Fry Oct 14 2021 2:54 AM

My Heart is broken after hearing of Gary's passing. Gary was larger than life and I loved listening to him tell stories. He always had you laughing!! Gary was so generous, kind and loving to everyone. I'll so miss his smile and big hugs! Heather and Mindy loved him so much and still remember him taking the girls for rides on his Harley. They thought that was awesome! I was thinking about seeing you, Janet, this summer and Gary was off on his yearly Tractor ride and having a blast, I'm sure! I pray that God is wrapping you in his arms. Hang on to all those Precious Memories!! Praying for you and the whole Family.

Sandy Fry Oct 14 2021 1:06 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Gary Larsen

Suzanne Lesch Neu Oct 13 2021 11:28 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Gary Larsen

Carol J Hutcheson Oct 13 2021 10:55 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Gary Larsen

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