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August 10, 1933 - December 2, 2012
Gary L. Peisen, 79, formerly of Des Moines, IA, Hagerstown, MD and Meridianville, AL passed away peacefully on December 2, 2012 at Ridgecrest Nursing Home in Forney, Texas. Born August 10, 1933 in Des Moines, Iowa, he was the son of the late Dr. Conan Peisen and Almeda (Garn) Peisen and a graduate of Kemper Military College in Boonville, MO. He was a retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 from the United States Army. He served overseas in Germany and Iran and completed two tours during the Vietnam War. He served in the Infantry, Special Operations and Counter Intelligence. During his service he was a member of the 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment; 18th Infantry Regiment; 77th Special Forces Group and the United States Army Intelligence and Security Command. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters, Meritorious Unit Commendation with one oak leaf cluster, Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Occupation Medal (Germany), Overseas Service Ribbon with 3 stars, National Defense Service Medal with 1 oak leaf cluster, Good Conduct Medal w/Bronze Clasp, Parachutist Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, and Expert Infantryman Badge.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Anna (Demopulous) Peisen and his third wife, Melanie (Blix) Peisen; He is survived by his five children Laura (Peisen) Dowerah of Waterloo, IA; Conan E. Peisen and wife Irma of Yerevan, Armenia; Derek J. Peisen of Cedar Falls, IA; Shireen F. Peisen of Hagerstown, MD, Rachel (Peisen) Parks and husband Jay of Hagerstown, MD and by nine grandchildren: Eric and Jugeswar Dowerah, Eligio and Erika Peisen, Alison and Josephine Parks , Chelsea, Ariel, and Conan Peisen; and by cousin Almeda (Garn) Maynard and husband Ted. A Mass Intention in his name will be celebrated for his 80th birthday at St. Ann's Church, Hagerstown, MD on August 9, 2013. Memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project (www.support.woundedwarriorproject.org).
Published in Des Moines Register on Feb. 15, 2013