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Gary Tracy April 30, 1941-February 2, 2018 Maquoke

April 30, 1941-February 2, 2018

MAQUOKETA, Iowa — Gary Tracy, 76, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday, February 2, 2018, at Baywood Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona.

His funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, February 12, 2018, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held Sunday, February 11, 2018, from 2-5 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial with military rites will be at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Maquoketa. Arrangements are in care of Lahey & Dawson Funeral Service, Maquoketa.

Gary Dean was born on April 30, 1941, in Baldwin, Iowa, to Thelman and Vera Alberta (Edwards) Tracy. He graduated Maquoketa High School in 1958. After graduating, he faithfully and honorably served in the United States Army for three years. He farmed most of his life on his home farm in rural Baldwin. Gary was united in marriage to the love of his life, Joyce Hughes, on July 24, 1967, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. In 1991, they purchased TnT Dynamite Cone Shop in Maquoketa, where for 17 years he enjoyed visiting with anyone who came in and giving away many ice cream cones to children. He was a seeds salesman and district supervisor for Fontanelle Hybrids Seeds for more than 20 years. After retiring, they spent their winters in Arizona. Gary was someone who very much enjoyed life and living life through others' lives; he would stop with a smile and a laugh to visit with anyone he saw while out and about in his Jeep with his sidekick, Harley. He enjoyed playing golf, riding his trike, playing Dirty Board, attending the casino and tinkering with his antique John Deere tractors. Over the years, he taught many people how to drive vehicles, motorcycle and tractors. His grandchildren were the light of his life and he often attended any school functions they were involved in.

Those left to cherish his memories are his wife of 50 years, Joyce, of Maquoketa; two children, Brian (Patti) Tracy of Wyoming, Tara (Mitch) Michel of Baldwin; three grandchildren, Cody Tracy, Sidney Michel, Grant Michel; a close niece, Jo Dee Tracy of Maquoketa; and five siblings,  Dylon Tracy of Maquoketa, Ronald (Kay) Tracy of Maquoketa, JoAnn Sikes of Texas, Carol Jean Klinefelter of Clinton, Mary Jo Williams of Maquoketa; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, Harley.

He is preceded in death by his parents and a nephew, Mitch Higgins.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to Gary's family in his honor.

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