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October 27, 1945 – April 23, 2017
|Gary Toenjes, 71, died Sunday, April 23, 2017, at the Shady Rest Care Center, Cascade, following a battle with brain cancer.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Monticello with interment in the Antioch Cemetery, Anamosa. Friends called from 4 until 8 p.m., Tuesday at the Goettsch Funeral Home, Anamosa. A parish vigil service started the visitation. There was a visitation in the gathering room at Sacred Heart Church starting at 10 a.m. prior to the service. Rev. Fr. Paul Baldwin officiated at the services.
Surviving ar his wife, Shirley; three sons, Lance (Michelle), Rodney (Beth) and Brent; five grandchildren, Colby, Makenzie, Aubrey, Kaleb and Mya; a brother, Randy (Debbie) Toenjes, all of Anamosa; his sister, Janice (Doug) Secrist, Viola; brothers and sisters-in-law Elizabeth Heims, of Anamosa, Leo (Janet) Cook and Stanley (Roberta) Cook, Rose Cook, and his aunt, Ruby Toenjes, all of Monticello and many nieces and nephews.
Gary Toenjes was born October 27, 1945, in Anamosa. He was the son of Leslie and Pauline (Anderson) Toenjes. Gary graduated from the Anamosa Community Schools in 1964. He then started custom combining to get his start in farming. Gary married Shirley Cook on January 25, 1969, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Anamosa. The couple farmed in the Anamosa area, moving to their current farm in 1974. Gary raised registered Duroc Boars for many years.
Gary was a Jackson Township Trustee, a member of the Iowa and Jones County Pork Producers, the Jones County Fair Board, the Rural Fire Board, and the Duroc Association. He was also a Cornelius Seed corn salesman in his spare time. Gary had been a 4-H leader for the Cass Center Hustlers and enjoyed bowling in the Monticello Bowling League. He especially enjoyed going to all of his grandchildren’s activities and playing cards with family and friends
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