Gary L. Ginther, 76, of Rockford died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at Hospice of North Iowa after a cancer battle won, but eventually lost.
A time to share stories and greet Gary’s family will be held from 3:00 to 7:00 pm on Monday, July 28, 2014, at Fullerton Schumburg Funeral Home, 302 West Main, Rockford, Iowa. Upon leaving the funeral home, the family invites you to a buffet and fellowship at the Twin Strike Emporium on North Main Street. A private burial will be held at a future date. Should friends desire, memorials may be left in Gary’s name in care of his family. Those unable to attend the gathering may sign the book at www.Fullertonfh.com
Gary was born in Charles City, Iowa in 1937, the son of Hoyle and DeAlda Ginther. He graduated from Rockford High School in 1955. After high school, Gary ventured to California and Colorado and his love of horses grew while in Colorado. Gary returned to Iowa with his horse Major Starr in tow and at one point, Gary and Starr went to Texas to roping school, where they practiced on sheep and then entered a few rodeo competitions. Starr lived to be 28 years old and all of Gary’s children rode the ‘gentle giant’. Gary will always be a cowboy at heart.
Gary returned to farming with his father on the family farm, which included custom farming and raising various cattle breeds. In 2013, the last herd of Charolais were sold, the pasture stood empty and the cows were sorely missed. Gary continued to farm right up to planting this spring.
Gary was always generous with others in need and thoroughly enjoyed visiting with friends over a cold one at the local watering holes.
In 1958, Gary was united in marriage to Sharon (Lohr) Ginther. To this union three children were born, Marty, Scott and Laurie. Later, Gary was married to Sadie Adams.
Those surviving Gary include his two sons Marty and his wife LeAnn Ginther, and Scott Ginther and special friend Debbie all of Rockford; his daughter Laurie and her husband Kevin Carlson, Green Bay, WI; grandchildren Colter (Sheldon) Ginther, Cory (Megan) Ginther, Lacey (Kyle) Waller, Toni(Anthony) Bradford, Tyler (Gabrielle) Ginther, Johnnie (Erin) Riser; great grandchildren McKenzie, Callie, Caleb, Silas, TyRone, Toniah, Anthony, Toni, Liv, Carson, Maddison and Skyler; sister Marilynne Gossett, Grand Junction, CO; and special friend and companion Sadie Ginther.
His parents preceded him in death.
Arrangements by Fullerton Schumburg Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 302 West Main, Rockford, Iowa 50468 641-756-3311, www.Fullertonfh.com