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LAKELAND - Gary R. Wiese, 79, died February 9, 2021.
Literally born on the kitchen table in Welton, IA to the late Loyal and Esther Wiese. After serving in the Navy, and stops in IN and IL, he landed in Lakeland with ex-wife, Beverly, in 1973. After 36 years at Mosaic company, he "retired" to work and golf at Cypress Lakes Golf Club. His greatest loves included golf, travel, playing cards and supporting Lakeland Dreadnaught Football. He was a devoted father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Universally loved, he will be missed.
He is survived by his 3 sons, David, Rick, and Eric, life partner of 20 years Karen Lappalainen and her daughter Kristen, his sister, Karen, brothers Jack, Jim and Buzzy, 8 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. His best pal Benny will miss their daily walks.
Gary will be interred at Florida National Cemetery. A celebration of life is tentatively planned for October 29, 2021 at Lake Crago Recreational Facility in Lakeland, FL from 5:30-11 pm. As Gary would want, all attendees are expected to wear dancing shoes! In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society.

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Published in The Ledger on Feb. 22, 2021.
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February 19, 2021
My condolences to Gary's family. I have many wonderful memories spending time with Gary and often times with his family. One memorable time was travelling by private jet to a Sugar Bowl game in which the Gators played. I don't remember which of his sons where that trip but I am sure they remember it.
Rob Brinkman
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