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Gary Lee Jass

September 16, 1933 — April 20, 2014

Gary Lee Jass

GARNER - Gary L. Jass, 80, of Garner died Sunday, April 20, 2014 at his home in Garner following a three -year battle with laryngeal cancer.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 A.M., Wednesday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Garner with Revs. Daird Korth and Scott Kozisek officiating. Burial will be in Concord Township Cemetery with military rites by the Garner Veterans Ceremonial Unit.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M., Tuesday at the Cataldo Funeral Chapel, 160 E. 4th St., in Garner and will continue one hour prior to services at the church.

Memorials may be directed to Redeemer Lutheran Church, St. Paul Lutheran Church or Hospice of North Iowa.

Gary Lee Jass, the son of Otto and Eva (Evanson) Jass, was born September 16, 1933 in Garner. He graduated from Garner High School in 1951. After graduation, he worked for the REC in Garner and then began working for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company. Gary served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1953 until 1957. On February 14, 1958 he married Arlene Knopf at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Garner. They lived in several communities in the north Iowa area until moving to Garner in 2005. Gary was employed at Northwestern Bell Telephone until his retirement in 1990. He enjoyed golfing, playing cards, reading, cross-word puzzles, fishing, boating, water-skiing and family trips for twenty years to Sand Lake, MN.

He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Ventura, Telephone Pioneers and the Garner American Legion.

Gary is survived by his wife, Arlene, of Garner; two daughters, Debra (Craig) Lemke of Tucson, AZ and Vickie (Gordon) Mennen of Mason City; grandchildren, Katie Lemke, Jarod (Kendra) Lemke, Cory Lemke, Jamie Lemke, Michael Mennen, Robby Mennen and Grant Jass; two great grandchildren, Grayson and Cozette Lemke; two brothers, Daryl (Carol) Jass of Ankeny and Douglas (Marilyn) Jass of Reimer, MN; a brother-in-law, Allen Albers of Florida; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Randy Jass in 1989; grandson, Jason Mennen; sister, Connie Albers; and nephews, Chad Albers and Scott Jass.
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