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Gary James Longhorn

Gary James Longhorn

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Gary James Longhorn

Gary James Longhorn, 74, of Gilbertville, formerly of Waterloo, died Thursday, March 2, 2017, at La Porte City Specialty Care Center in La Porte, Iowa. A memorial service celebrating Gary’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 18, at Central Christian Church, Waterloo. Cremation rites have been accorded per Gary’s request. The Rev. Brent Cantrell will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services (10-11 a.m.) at the church. Vandemore Funeral Home, Geneseo, Ill., is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials may be left to Central Christian Church.

Gary was born February 19, 1943, in New Hampton, Iowa, the son of James and Mabel (Wait) Longhorn. He married Sharon Slack on August 8, 1964 in Nashua. Gary grew up on a farm. He served in Washington, D.C., and Camp Long, Korea, during his tour of duty with the Army. Gary went on to drive truck as an owner operator with Warren Transport and then, in later years, as a dump truck driver for Bob Walters & Son Trucking. He managed a fertilizer warehouse for several years and then had a small construction and repair business where he made many friends as he helped them solve their home renovation problems.

Gary was a very active member of Central Christian Church in Waterloo, serving as Sunday School teacher, Deacon, and Elder, running the sound system, and overseeing many building projects. He was considered the drink master for the annual bazaar cafeteria.

Survivors include his wife: Sharon; three daughters, Leslie (Jeff) Balvanz of Gilbertville, Janel Vandemore of Geneseo, Ill., and Sandy (Chuck West) Longhorn of Little Rock, Ark.; former son-in-law Joel Vandemore of Geneseo, Ill.; his grandchildren, Adam (Ashley) Arnold, Jessica Arnold, Emma Vandemore and Mia Vandemore; his great-grandchildren, Joseph Hogan, Rylie Arnold and Gary Arnold; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Lin and Bill Ferguson; one sister, Janis; and three brothers, Glen, Roger and Roy. Gary was preceded in death by his parents.

He loved tinkering in his workshop and was always there for family and friends when they needed a helping hand. Building wooden swing sets for grandchildren and fishing with family gave him great joy.

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