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BOONE, Iowa—Gary James McCool, 81, of Boone, Iowa, died Monday at Boone County Hospital,
October 17, 2022. He was born on June 25, 1941, the son of Charlotte and Leonard McCool.

On August 16, 1961, Gary married Karen Newland at First Baptist Church in Boone. He graduated from Boone High School and then attended DMACC for a year. Gary worked for various telephone companies as an engineer before retiring. He then worked for Boone County Transportation until his retirement from that position.

Gary was a member of First Baptist Church in Boone and served in the US Air Force. He enjoyed building model trains, creating woodworking projects (plaques and statues) and loved reading and watching John Wayne movies.

He was predeceased by his parents, Charlotte and Leonard McCool.

Gary is survived by his wife, Karen McCool; son, Jim McCool (Karen Green); daughters, Mary Bruscher and Patti Miller; grandchildren: Austin McCool, Tony Miller, Joshua Miller, Cody Miller, Derik Miller, Brandon Bruscher and Caitlynn Bruscher; great-grandchildren: Alexis Browning, Aiden Miller, Serenity Miller and Vinny Miller; step-grandson, Keaton Green; her brother Dennis (Mary Jane) McCool; and nephews: Michael McCool and Christopher McCool and their children.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 24, 2022, at First Baptist Church in Boone, with the Reverend Janell Bloem officiating. Visitation with family present to greet friends will take place prior to the funeral service from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church. Burial with military honors will take place at Squire Boone Cemetery following the funeral.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested at Boone’s First Baptist Church.

Online condolences can be left at www.schroederfuneral.com

Schroeder-Stark-Welin Funeral Home, 609 7th Street, Boone is helping the family with these arrangements.

Gary McCool, 81, Boone, Iowa

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