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Gary Dean Cooling

Gary Dean Cooling, 63, of Le Grand, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, at the Iowa River Hospice in Marshalltown, surrounded by his loving family.A memorial service was held at New Hope Christian Church in Marshalltown Saturday, Oct. 14, with Pastor David Peterson officiating. A private family burial will be held at a later date.
Gary was born Feb. 14, 1954, in Grinnell, the youngest of 12 children of Eldon V. and Julia E. (Borton) Cooling. His early years were spent in the Ely and Solon areas, later moving to Le Grand, where he graduated from LDF High School in 1972. On July 9, 1977, Gary wed his sweetheart, LouAnn Milleson, of Colo. They welcomed two daughters into their lives, Andrea and Amanda.
On Sept. 6, 1980, Gary proudly joined the U.S. Army, where he was stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado; Frankfurt, Germany; and Ft. Lewis, Washington; achieving the rank of Sergeant. Gary drove semi trucks in the Army as well as before and after over the road for many years. In 1989, Gary, LouAnn and their daughters returned to Le Grand to be closer to family. Gary had been employed at Lennox Industries in Marshalltown for over 20 years. He was a member of New Hope Christian Church, American Legion, UAW Skilled Trades and prior member of the volunteer Le Grand Fire Department. Gary had a great love for God, his Lord and Savior, his family and his friends. He also enjoyed serving others at the House of Compassion, Salvation Army and other countless ways in his daily life. Laughter, motorcycling, traveling across the country and playing cards with family and friends also brought him great joy.
Those left to cherish his loving memory are his wife of 40 years LouAnn, of Le Grand; daughters Andrea (Jess) Ruark, of Kansas City, Missouri, and Amanda Nablo (James Bland), of Des Moines; grandson Tyler Nablo (Kelsey Deschamp), of Marshalltown; brothers Garol (Ruth) Cooling, of Le Grand, Vernon (Ruthie) Cooling, of Garwin, Lloyd (Lois) Cooling, of Ely, Dale Cooling, of Solon, Lyle (Joyce) Cooling, of Solon, and Duane (Deb) Cooling, of Gilman; and a sister Margaret (Dick) Hajek, of Solon.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Eldon and Julia Cooling; brothers and sister-in-laws: Arthur (Esther) Cooling, Darol (Joyce) Cooling and Dallas (Mary) Cooling; sister and brother-in-law LaVonne (Walt) Walters.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions will be given to New Hope Missions to help others go on missions trips and achieve their dreams.