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Gayl Gitch

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Gayl L. Gitch age 73 of Fredericksburg, IA, died Wednesday, June 1, 2016, at Linn Haven Rehab and Healthcare in New Hampton. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Monday, June 6, 2016, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Fredericksburg with Rev. Ronnie Koch presiding. Interment will be in the Faith United Church of Christ Cemetery, Tripoli. Friends may greet the family 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Sunday, June 5, 2016, at the Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home in Fredericksburg. Visitation will continue an hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Gayl Lee Gitch was born January 15, 1943, in New Hampton, IA, the son of Alvin L. and Beth (Chambers) Gitch. He graduated from the Fredericksburg High School in 1961, Wartburg College in 1964 and the University of Northern Iowa in 1970. He taught mathematics, coached, and became a school administrator in Iowa and Minnesota. He was an all-state football and baseball player, an all-state vocalist, musician, and avid sports fan. Gayl married Dianne Laabs and they later were divorced. He married Ruth Sassmann Fink in 1984. She died as a result of an auto accident in 2003. Gayl was a member of Faith United Church of Christ in Tripoli for 20 years, and a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Fredericksburg, where he was baptized and confirmed. He is survived by his brother, Jerry (Georgia) Gitch of Sumner; two children, Stephen Gitch of Lake Pleasant, AZ; Renee (Chuck) Smith of Phoenix, AZ; four grandchidren; 10 great-grandchildren; step children, Terri (Glenn) Meier and Jerelyn (Brent) Steere, both of Waverly, David (Deb) Fink of Denver, Mary (John) Gorh of Rockwell, and Lynne (John) Rasmussen of Manchester; 15 step grandchildren; 23 step great-grandchildren; one step great-great-grandchild. Gayl was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth; his parents, Alvin and Beth Gitch; a brother, James Gitch; daughter-in-law, Marlyne Barker and her husband, Garth Barker.

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  1. Gayl loved to visit whenever we saw him at church or at Whispering Willows. He made a point to remember our kids’ names and always had a kind greeting. Praying for all of you!

  2. Gayl and I graduated from Fredericksburg High School in the class of ’61. Gayl was a good friend and we have stayed in touch through the years. I accompanied Gayl on the piano when he took voice lessons and sang for performances and contests. I loved that tenor voice, especially when he sang ‘The Lord’s Prayer.’ My husband and I send our sincere condolences to you, his family. ‘I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.’ 2 Timothy 4:7

  3. Thankyou Mary Jo. Next to The Old rugged Cross The Lord’s Supper was his favorite song. My step sister Lynne sang it for his funeral and she helped me get through The Old Rugged Cross

  4. Life wasn’t always easy but the wonderful family vacations to California and Canada as a little girl will always bring a smile to my face. The beautiful sound of dads tenor voice and the scent of his cherry cavendish pipe tobacco will always be the memories I will never let go.

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