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Gary Humpal

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Gary Anthony Humpal age 62 of New Hampton, IA died Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at Linn Haven Rehab and Healthcare in New Hampton, IA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Waucoma with Rev. Nick Radloff celebrating the Mass. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Catholic Church Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 17, 2022 at Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory in New Hampton where there will be a 3:30 p.m. rosary and a 7:00 p.m. parish scripture service. Visitation continues an hour prior to the Mass on Tuesday at the church. Gary was welcomed into the world by his parents Anthony and Clarene (Franzen) Humpal on Oct. 31, 1959, in Waterloo. The oldest of the couple’s six children, Gary grew up first in Jesup before the family moved to Waucoma. He received his education at Turkey Valley Community Schools, where he played football and wrestled for the Trojans and was a proud member of the Class of 1978. After graduating, Gary worked several jobs in and around Waucoma. He worked at the elevator, hauled fertilizers and worked for garages before landing a job at Croell Redi-Mix, where he hauled cement. By the time he ended his time at Croell’s, Gary knew every nook and cranny of Northeast Iowa. Gary married Cathy Gebel and the couple had two children — Stephanie and Jeremy — and although Gary and Cathy ended up divorcing, they did so on good terms and remained friends. Gary loved his cars, and he spent many nights tearing them down and rebuilding engines. He’d do anything to give his cars, like his beloved 1970 Chevelle, additional power; when it came to cars, he could fix anything. Some guys have tools or mowers in their sheds; Gary had a shed that could have doubled as an auto-parts store! Along with cars Gary loved to visit, he could sit down with anyone and talk about anything. In his younger days, he played a lot of slow-pitch softball in Waucoma, and he always loved stock car races. He was a regular at the track in West Union, and he never missed watching a NASCAR race on television. He loved his children and Stephanie’s six sons, and may have taught a couple of them a few of his hell-raising lessons, too! Gary fought health issues for much of his adult life. He had his good days and his bad days, but never threw in the towel. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and while his family and friends will dearly miss him, they know that he is now healthy and in a much better place. Gary is survived by one daughter, Stephanie (Ryan) Tangen of Lawler; one son, Jeremy (Mikaela Reth) Humpal of Waterloo, IA; six grandchildren: Dawson, Levi, Jaxson, Jenson, Ryker, and Rylen; one brother, Greg (Tessa) Humpal of Waukee, IA; four sisters, Gail (Jeff) Schwartzkopf of Rudd, IA, Gwen Humpal of Franklin, TN, Gina (David) Jameson of Waukee, IA, Glenda (Shane) Reaves of Spring Hill, TN; many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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  1. To Gary’s family with great sympathy do I extend my feelings. Gary was a great person to be around may he rest in peace. Can the family find peace in the arms of Jesus.

  2. Heaven has gained an angel. I still have some of the red dish wash cloths he made. Sympathy to his family.

  3. Gary is one of my favorite people, ever. So thoughtful, kind and sweet. I was honored to be blessed with being Gary’s staff for several years, such a joy.
    It didn’t matter where you took Gary anywhere in the state, someone, if not many, knew Gary and was glad to see him. One night I took Gary and peers to the movies. When leaving the theater several people spotted Gary and took time to visit. One my other clients as we waited for Gary stated, “I sure wouldn’t rob a bank with Gary.”
    Humple family I’m deeply sorry you lost of this wonderful man, but great he is in Jesus’ arms with a healed body and mind. RIP my sweet friend, see you on the otherside.

  4. Rest in Peace Gary. You always had a story to tell about every place you went to or worked at. Gary was a kind man that knew everyone and enjoyed visiting with those he knew. My thoughts and prayers for the family.

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