Gary Lee Gratopp, 75
Gary Lee Gratopp, 75
Gary Lee Gratopp, 75, passed away on January 18, 2018, at UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown, Iowa. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 22, 2018, at the Mitchell Family Funeral Home with Pastor Scott Lothe, of the Laurel United Methodist Church officiating. Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 21, 2018, at Mitchell Family Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be directed in Gary’s name to his family. For condolences, please visit www.mitchellfh.com. Ph. 641-844-1234.
Gary was born on December 16th, 1942, in New Hampton, Iowa, to the parents of Harold and Maxine (Bakken) Gratopp. On November 23, 1962, he married the love of his life, Janet Morrison in Des Moines. The couple made their home in Marshalltown and later Laurel. Gary was employed by Fisher Controls as a machinist for many years and later retired as an inspector of welding and was so proud to help his son and daughter-in-law with their business, Smokin-G’s BBQ Catering and Restaurant. Gary and Janet were both members of the Marshalltown Street Rods as well as the Iowa and National Street Rod Associations and the Laurel United Methodist Church. Gary had a passion for family, fishing, Excel camping club, tinkering in the shop, also known as breaking things, watching NASCAR, stock car racing and won rookie of the year, becoming a snowbird and heading to Texas for over 12 years, and enjoyed being a volunteer firefighter.
Left to cherish his memory are three children: Sheryl (Denis) Foster, of Marshalltown, IA, Ken (Shelley) Gratopp, of Laurel, IA, and Jerry (Kim) Gratopp, of Marshalltown; grandchildren: Sean Hof, Kelsey Foster, Ashley Gratopp, Kayla (David) Stalzer, Addie (Brock) Pieters, Baylee Gratopp, Chase Gratopp and Luis Reyes; great-grandchildren: Elizabeth, Tate, Camden, and Tucker; one brother, Ed (Sandy) Morrison and several nieces and nephews.
In death, he rejoined his parents, brother-in-law Luverne Hawn “Uncle Moe” and sister, Reta Rearick.