Earl W. Crary

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Earl W. Crary, 66, of Garnavillo passed away Monday, June 24, 2024, at his home surrounded by his loving family after a 10 year battle with cancer.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Friday, July 5, at Morris Funeral Home in Garnavillo where a memorial service will commence at 1 p.m. Pastor Paul Losik will officiate.

Earl was born on Dec. 8, 1957, and was raised in St. Olaf on the Crary Farmstead. Earl married JoAnn Fangman on Aug. 28, 1982, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Elkader. Together they raised five children.

Earl worked as an auto mechanic and as an over the road truck driver. Earl was a fun loving guy who usually had a mischievious smile on his face and a sparkle in his eye. Earl loved being around his friends and family; especially his grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Earl loved deer hunting, telling stories, going on UTV rides, driving his 1964 Dodge Dart convertible, helping others, picking on everyone around him, and holding the annual Crary 4th of July party where everyone and anyone was welcome. 

Earl is survived by his wife of 42 years, JoAnn; his five children, Jennifer (Scott) Melgosa, Prairie du Chien, Wis.; William Crary, Cedar Rapids, Madesta Crary, Cedar Rapids; Brad (Leah) Crary, Garnavillo; Angela (Blake) Rowland, Cedar Rapids; his sister, Jennie Lou (Wayne) Bender; brothers, Art (Donna) Crary; Avery (Kathy) Crary, sister-in-law, Barb Crary; mother-in-law, Patrica Fangman, 15 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. 

Earl was proceeded in death by his grandparents; his parents, Edward and Margret Crary; brother, Douglas A. Crary; grandson, Matthew Crary; and father-in-law, Bernard Fangman.

Information is available at www.morrisfuneralhomes.com. Memorials may be sent to Morris Funeral Home (in care of the deceased), 207 S. First St., Guttenberg, IA 52052.

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