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Gail Tansey

Gail Tansey

CEDAR FALLS — Gail Lee Tansey, 85, of Cedar Falls, formerly of Evansdale, died Sunday, Feb. 4, at Martin Health Center of Western Home Community of natural causes.

He was born Dec. 21, 1932, in Alden, Minn., son of Lee E. and Ruth Reed Tansey. He married Virginia Naomi Feller on June 13, 1952, in Evansdale; she preceded him in death July 11, 2007.

Gail attended Waterloo East High School. He worked as a machinist for John Deere & Co. and retired in 1972; he also farmed for many years.

He was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Waterloo where he was very involved in general maintenance and upkeep. He also was a member of UAW Local 838 and Good Sam’s Camping Club.

Survived by: two sons, Randall (Phyllis) Tansey of Brandon and Richard (Julie) Tansey of Waterloo; three daughters, Christine (Timothy) Johnson of Wasilla, Alaska, Cynthia (Scott) Mealhow of Jesup and Colleen (Neil) Walvatne of Waterloo; 16 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren and two more on the way; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: his parents; his wife; two sisters, Margaret Danielson and Beverly Smock-Witt; and a brother, David Tansey

Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at Grace Baptist Church, with burial at Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, at Kearns Funeral Service

Memorials in lieu of flowers: may be directed to Vanishing White Matter Research at

Condolences may be left at

Gail’s faith in Christ came first. He enjoyed gardening, camping and loved to play jokes. Gail was the recipient of the Governor’s Volunteer Award. The family would like to thank Gail’s Western Home family for their love and care over the past 16 years.

the life of: Gail Tansey (1932-2018)
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