In memory of

Garry Alan Leonard

January 19, 1961 - August 8, 2019
From: Lake View, IA
Garry Alan Leonard

Garry Alan Leonard

Born: January 19, 1961
Died: August 8, 2019
Age: 58
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   Garry Alan Leonard, age 58, of Lake View, passed away on Thursday, August 8, 2019, doing what he loved.  The son of Richard and Marvyl (Buse) Leonard, Garry grew up in Lake View where he was baptized and confirmed at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church. He attended Lake View Community Schools, graduating with the class of 1980.

   It was during his younger years on the family farm where Garry’s love for farming began. At the age of five, he started helping his father with field work and as Garry grew, so did his love for all things agriculture. (Although his family will tell you he never really liked hogs.) Garry added sheep to the farm and enjoyed showing them in 4-H. He had such a quick and careful hand shearing sheep that he went on to shear for many area farmers. While farming was Garry’s passion, he also enjoyed participating in school activities like football and spending time with his little sister, Jeanette. The two would often be found together. Following graduation, Garry began his life-long farming career.

   During a chance encounter at the Knights of Columbus singles dance in Storm Lake, Garry met Michelle Monahan and his life changed forever. The couple married on February 14, 1997, in Lake View. On that day, Garry not only became a husband, but also a father to Michelle’s three children. The family made their home in Lake View before moving out to the country in 2006.

   The farm became a favorite place for Garry, Michelle and their expanding family which soon included eight grandchildren. “Papa” as the family called him, was always there to watch his grandkids’ sporting events, dance recitals and concerts. He could often be found riding four-wheelers around the farm with the grandkids and teaching his grandsons how to farm. When he wasn’t farming, Garry enjoyed riding and collecting antique John Deere tractors, collecting die cast John Deere tractors, riding his motorcycle and playing cards. The family took many vacations together including trips to Florida, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Lake of the Ozarks and Wisconsin Dells. He was looking forward to more family trips.

   Garry will be remembered for his kind heart, unwavering work ethic and gentle spirit. He greeted everyone with a smile and was always willing to offer a helping hand. He was a gentle giant, a big man, with an even bigger heart.

   Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Michelle Leonard of Lake View, IA; children: Renee Huisenga of Auburn, IA, Seith (Erin) Monahan of Storm Lake, IA, Sam (Niki) Monahan of Lake View, IA; son-in-law Dan Huisenga of Sac City, IA; grandchildren: Makenna, Ayden and Layne Huisenga, Emma and Elise Monahan and Miley, Macy and Dane Monahan; brother Jeff Leonard of Ankeny, IA; sister Jeanette (Bob) Miller of Parker, SD; brothers-in-law: Jerry Kaduce, Neil Bloxham and Milt Swanson of Pea Ridge, AR; sister-in-law Cindy (Dave) Anderson of Eagle Grove, IA; several nieces, nephews, many extended family members and friends.

   Garry was preceded in death by his parents Richard and Marvyl Leonard; sisters-in-law: Jerilea “Jo” Kaduce, Marcia “Toni” Bloxhom, Charlotte “Charry” Ferry and Katherine Rutledge; and brother-in-law Jerry Rutledge.

   Garry's family would like to express their gratitude to the Lake View and Sac City first responders and to everyone in the community and beyond for their acts of love and kindness during this difficult time.


Funeral Service
11:00 a.m., Friday
August 16, 2019
Emmanuel Lutheran Church
Lake View, IA
5:00 - 8:00 p.m., Thursday
August 15, 2019
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Lake View, IA
Wall Lake Cemetery
Wall Lake, IA


Friday, August 16, 2019 at 9:08 AM
“We cherish the bond of love that links our families together. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Garry will be in our hearts forever. Love always Judy and Kevin”
- Judy and Kevin Cotter
Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 2:14 PM
“Prayers for the entire family...”
- Alan Buse
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 1:22 PM
“I remember how kind Gary was growing up. My sincere condolences to the entire family.”
- Jennifer Roose
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 5:29 PM
My deepest sympathy goes to you and your family. You are in my prayers during this very difficult time. ”
- Patrice Claiborne
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 2:25 PM
“My deepest sympathy,Michelle. Will keep you in my prayers.”
- Norene Bau
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 2:25 PM
“Our deepest sympathy goes out to you on the loss of such a kind and caring person.”
- Steve and Brenda Anderson
Monday, August 12, 2019 at 4:51 PM
“Our hearts go out to all of you in the loss of Gary. When he was young, I was a tutor for Gary. He was a sweet shy little boy. Keep all of your happy memories in your heart.”
- Don and Donna Tjaden
Monday, August 12, 2019 at 4:51 PM
“Michele and family we shall miss seeing Gary in church but heaven will be his new home. god bless you the Coles
- Dee and Don Cole
Monday, August 12, 2019 at 4:51 PM
“It is with great sorrow that our family has heard of your loss. Gary was a wonderfull man and a great papa to our grand children. He and your care of Erin and famly gave us a great deal of comfort he will be missed. You are all in our prayers, with our love the Murphys”
- The Murphy Family
Monday, August 12, 2019 at 4:51 PM
“We are so sorry this happened, We hope the best for the rest of the family.”
Monday, August 12, 2019 at 4:51 PM
“We extend our sympathy to the Leonard Family. What a tragic accident which shocks the whole community. May God take all of you into his loving arms and comfort you now and in the days ahead. Your friends are here to support you.”
- Ken & Sue Barney
Monday, August 12, 2019 at 9:32 AM
“My heart breaks for you!!! Hugs 🤗 ”
- Betty Luckow
Monday, August 12, 2019 at 9:32 AM
“My sincere condolences to the family of Gary Leonard. I am a former teacher of Gary’s....he was one of the kindest ‘souls’ so many of us knew. He never had a bad word to say about anyone. The elementary kids gravitated to him...Gary was ‘a big, jovial teddy bear’ to these kids. R.I.P. Gary...Peace be with your family. ”
- Fern Langbein
Monday, August 12, 2019 at 9:32 AM
“U have my sympathy on the loss of Garry he was always a really very very good friend 2 me Rest In Peace Garry Rest In Peace ”
- Charlie “tuna” Schnirring
Monday, August 12, 2019 at 9:32 AM
“I'm so sorry for your loss. Y'all are in my thoughts and prayers..I love you guys”
- Keri Wood
Monday, August 12, 2019 at 9:32 AM
“Michelle, you and your family has been on my heart all weekend. I am so sorry for your loss. Your whole family is in my prayers. ❤️❤️”
- Patty Dial
Sunday, August 11, 2019 at 2:21 PM
“Michelle and family, So sorry you are going through this tragic, difficult time. You are in our prayers for peace. Our sympathies, Dick & Jane Croll”
- Jane Croll
Sunday, August 11, 2019 at 11:20 AM
“It is with much sadness that we heard of Gary's accident! May you be comforted in knowing that he knew his LORD and his Lord knew him! blessing to you and your family! ”
- Jim&Jan stock
Sunday, August 11, 2019 at 11:10 AM
“Michelle ans family, zo sorry to hear about Garry. Your family has mine sympathy and prayers”
- Marla Meister
Sunday, August 11, 2019 at 11:10 AM
“Michelle and family,
Deepest sympathy to you and all of the family in the tragic loss of Garry. Thoughts and prayers are with you
Most sincerely Pat.”
Sunday, August 11, 2019 at 11:10 AM
“It was with great sadness that we learned of Garry’s passing. Please accept our heartfelt condolences. Our prayers and love are with all of you during this difficult time. ”
- Don and Jodi Widajewski
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