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Gary H. Gjonnes

September 5, 1945 November 20, 2009
Gary H. Gjonnes
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Gary Harold Gjonnes was born September 5, 1945 at home east of Frederic, WI to Harold and Evelyn Gjonnes. Gary attended Pleasant Dale School until 4th grade when his family moved to Frederic. He graduated from Frederic High School in 1963 and attended the University of Superior on a basketball scholarship. Gary served in the United States Army and spent a year in the Vietnam War in 1967. He returned home and continued his education at Dunwoody Institute graduating with a Certificate in Survey Engineering. Gary worked with his father since a child in Gjonnes Construction, an excavating business located in Frederic since 1954. Gary bought the business from his father in 1984. He built many roads in the region, golf courses, school grounds, building developments, clearing, building ponds, dams, lakes, and other “dirt” work projects. He sold his business to step son, David in 2008 and retired. Gary and Sherry loved to take long drives around the United States racking up 6-7,000 miles on any vacation and loved to spend time with grandchildren and family. Gary lived in Frederic most of his life and participated in community events and projects. Gary died of Acute Myeloid Leukemia on November 20, 2009 at home with his family. He is loved and missed by family, friends and community. Gary was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Donna. He is survived by his wife, Sherry; son, Kyle; step-children, David (Heidi) Olson, Eric Olson, and Deb (John) Liedl; grandchildren, Nicholas, Emily, Mia and Kaylee; sisters, Sharon (Jack) Garberg and Carmen (John) Burke; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Frederic, WI on Wednesday, November 25th at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will be held at Rowe Funeral Home in Frederic on Tuesday, November 24th from 4-8:00 p.m. Visitation will again be held on Wednesday at the church beginning at 10:00 a.m. and will continue until the service begins. Rowe Funeral Home of Frederic, Wisconsin, was entrusted with funeral arrangements. For information call 715-327-4475.

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