Gary DeBow
1949 - 2020
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GARY DEBOW Cedar Rapids Gary DeBow, 71, of Cedar Rapids, died Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, at St. Luke's Hospital. Memorial services will be set for a later date. Arrangements by Stewart Baxter Funeral & Memorial Services, Cedar Rapids. Survivors include his daughters, Krystal DeBow and Kimberly DeBow; grandchildren, Isaiah, Cierrah, Caelestis, Sebastian, Aurelia, Joseph and Taja, Takoda and Iverson; former spouse, Brenda DeBow; siblings, Larry DeBow and Bruce (Shawn) DeBow; and beloved dog, Scruffles. Gary Chris DeBow was born Aug. 17, 1949, in Cedar Rapids, to Albert and Margaret (Shaffner) DeBow. He attended Marion High School, where he played football and was named into the hall of fame for wrestling, undefeated, a title still on display. He later earned his bachelor's degree from Northeast Missouri State (now Truman State) in Kirksville, Mo. He recently retired from Quaker Oats after 15 years. Gary enjoyed fishing, playing guitar and attending or watching Hawkeye sports, especially football (he may have been known to yell at the TV sometimes). He was a great cook, known for his chicken dumplings and tasty omelettes. He enjoyed making his mother's buttermilk spice cake recipe. Gary inspired Krystal and Kim in their endeavors with playing violin and basketball, respectively. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ronnie; and granddaughter, Acadia. Memorials may be directed to the family. Please share your support and memories with Gary's family on his tribute wall at under obituaries.

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Published in The Gazette on Dec. 17, 2020.
Graveside service
11:00 AM
Mount Calvary Cemetery
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December 18, 2020
Gary was a class mate. We played football and Gary was a wrestler, I don't know how he stood the smell in
the wrestling room. I told Gary liked the fresh air of the gym, we had a good laugh,

When Gary was a realstate agent he sold our house when we lived in Springville, Ia.

Gary was good natured and liked to laugh when we hung out.

Once we had a drag race on the east end of Marion with his little Mustang against a 55 chevy.We were smoked and when stopped to talk to the chevy guy, we soon found out his 409 with duel carbs we didn't have a prayer.

Sorry to hear of his passing. May God bless his love ones
Dave Bolsinger
December 17, 2020
My condolences to the entire family, so sorry to hear of your loss. Bless Gary in Heaven. Went to school with Gary, from elementary to graduation. From a fellow high school wrestler.
Mike Madeson
December 17, 2020
Gary and I were roommates my freshman year at the university of Dubuque in Dubuque , Iowa. We were both wrestlers and shared many stories about our wrestling career in high school. Actually we shared just about every since we were identical in height and weight. Gary, George Davidson and myself were friends. Although through the years we may not have stayed in touch as well as we should we always had a respect and fondness in our hearts. I’m sorry to hear that Gary has passed. He was loyal, kind, and a genuine good person that I was proud to call my friend. Rest In Peace Gary until we meet again.
Steve Pelhan
December 17, 2020
Gary was a loving, kind, giving man, and a great friend! I was blessed to gotten to know Gary and be part of his life nearly 10 years. We shared a dog named scruffels that we both love very much. Its going to be very hard not being able to continue our friendship now that he has passed on. I am going to greatly and deeply miss him with all of my heart. I have alot of good memories that I will always be able to carry with me and a piece of him in my heart. Love and miss you my friend. My sympathies to the family. May the lord give you comfort.
Makina Estabrook
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