Waack, Gary John
Gary John Waack, age 68, a resident of Manitowoc, met his Savior on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at Holy Family Memorial Medical Center in Manitowoc.
Gary was born on February 27, 1945 in Manitowoc to the late Reinhold and Dorothy Waack. He attended schools in Manitowoc as was a 1963 graduate of Lincoln High School. Then later while working, he acquired an Associate of Accounting degree from Lakeshore Technical College in 1976. The degree led to various jobs at Manitowoc Cranes. These included work in pricing, accounting, standards, estimating, contract manufacturing, and process engineering. Gary's mid-life passion was the study of documentation of his and related family history. Some may remember the Waack, Carstens, and Sonnenburg reunions that he organized in 1979, 1980, and 1981. Gary recently developed a website on which he has placed family information and links. Gary held a special place in his heart for his great grandfather Christian Carstens, who thru a letter written in 1864, became a spiritual role model and Christian example for him.
Gary was an active member of Hope Community Church. It was the wonderful personality of this church (pastors, praise team, and members), along with decades of prayer, that brought Gary back to a walk with the Lord in 1998. Gary had a passion for the children of Ecuador through mission trips and was a very active church member.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia "Jenny" whom he married on July 18, 1964; step-father: Henry Streckert; two daughters: Amy (Rob) Bartz, Manitowoc; Jodie Waack, Manitowoc; five exceptional grandchildren: Erik (Amber) Turner, Rosie (Kotto) Fuller, Jacob (Chrystal) Fuller, Adam Jasper, and Reed Bartz; step grandchildren: Forest and River Bartz; great grandchildren: Parker Turner, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Zameria Denson; sister: Margaret (Mark) Hinds, Brillion; three brothers: Steve (Joan) Waack, Manitowoc; Ray Streckert, Minnesota; and Robert (Cheryl) Streckert, Minnesota; many sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Gary was preceded in death by his parents, sister-in-law: Cheryl; and grandson: Hunter Jasper, the littlest angel in the family.
Funeral services will be held at noon on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at Hope Community Church in Manitowoc. Pastor John Aitken will officiate. Relatives and friends may call at church on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at noon. Following the funeral service, a reception will be held in the Fellowship Hall at the church. Cremation will take place at the Harrigan Parkside Crematory and Chapel at a later date with burial of Gary's cremated remains at Evergreen Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to www.harriganparksidefuneralhome.com
The Harrigan Parkside Funeral Home & Crematory, N. 11th and St. Clair streets, Manitowoc is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorials in Gary's name.
The family would like to say thank you to the Manitowoc Ambulance and Holy Family Memorial Medical Center emergency staff for their kindness. Also, a special thank you to Gary's nephew, Travis for giving CPR to allow the family to say their goodbyes.