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Gary E. VanDorin

September 10, 1943 — November 15, 2022

Mount Pleasant

MOUNT PLEASANT – Gary Eugene Van Dorin, age 79, died Tuesday, November 15, 2022, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Gary was born September 10, 1943, in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, the son of Newton and Aretta (Standley) Van Dorin. A graduate of Mount Pleasant High School in 1962, he went on to attend the University of Iowa and was a lifetime Hawkeye fan.  On August 1, 1965, Gary married the love of his life, Mary Downey in Fairfield, Iowa, and they were married 57 years.  Gary was the Store Manager of three PAMIDA stores over six years, and then moved on to National Guardian Life and sold insurance for 32 years, retiring in 2006. A devout Christian, Gary was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church Mount Pleasant, Iowa.  He spent many years as a board member and president of the Mount Pleasant Boys Little League Association. Later in life he enjoyed fixing computers, planning class reunions, and attending local cruise nights and car shows.  Particularly proud of his 1957 Chevy, he had on display for many years at the Old Threshers Reunion. Gary, a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather absolutely loved spending time with his family and his many friends.

Gary is survived by his wife Mary; son, Scott (Deborah) Van Dorin of St. Charles, Illinois; daughter, Stacie (Steffen) Hoche of Santa Clarita, California; two granddaughters: Amanda (Matt) Van Gyseghem of North Aurora, Illinois, Allison Van Dorin (Alec Baumgartner) of St. Charles, Illinois; and three brothers: David (Sharyl) Van Dorin of Mount Pleasant, Stan (Paula) Van Dorin of Burlington, Kevin (Shelley) Van Dorin of Mount Pleasant.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 21, 2022, at the Calvary Baptist Church, with Pastor Zach Fisher officiating. Burial will follow in the Forest Home Cemetery. Visitation will be held 1:00 – 4:00 pm on Sunday, at the Olson-Powell Memorial Chapel where the family will greet friends from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. A memorial fund has been established for Calvary Baptist Church and Sunrise Terrace Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The Olson-Powell Memorial Chapel is caring for Gary and his family.

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Sunday, November 20, 2022

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Monday, November 21, 2022

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