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Gary Toenjes


Gary Toenjes, 71, died Sunday, April 23, 2017, at Shady Rest Care Center, Cascade, following a battle with brain cancer.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 26, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Monticello. Interment: Antioch Cemetery, Anamosa. Friends may call from 4 until 8 p.m. Tuesday at Goettsch Funeral Home, Anamosa, where a parish vigil service will start the visitation at 4 p.m. There will be a visitation in the gathering room at Sacred Heart Church starting at 10 a.m. before the service. The Rev. Father Paul Baldwin will officiate at the services.
Thoughts, memories and condolences may be left at www.goettschonline.com.
Surviving are his wife, Shirley; three sons, Lance (Michelle), Rodney (Beth) and Brent; five grandchildren, Colby, Makenzie, Aubrey, Kaleb and Mya; and a brother, Randy (Debbie) Toenjes, all of Anamosa; his sister, Janice (Doug) Secrist, Viola; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Heims, Anamosa, Leo (Janet) Cook, Stanley (Roberta) Cook and Rose Cook, and his aunt, Ruby Toenjes, all of Monticello; and many nieces and nephews.
Gary Toenjes was born Oct. 27, 1945, at Anamosa, Iowa, the son of Leslie and Pauline Anderson Toenjes. Gary graduated from Anamosa Community Schools in 1964. He then started custom combining to get his start in farming. Gary married Shirley Cook on Jan. 25, 1969, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Anamosa. The couple farmed in the Anamosa area, moving to their current farm in 1974. Gary raised registered Duroc Boars for many years.
Gary was a Jackson Township trustee, a member of the Iowa and Jones County Pork Producers, Jones County Fair board, Rural Fire board and Duroc Association. He also was a Cornelius seed corn salesman in his spare time.
Gary had been a 4H leader for the Cass Center Hustlers and enjoyed bowling in the Monticello Bowling League. He especially enjoyed going to all of his grandchildren's activities and playing cards with family and friends.