Gary L. Pfeiler

Gary L. Pfeiler

Gary L. Pfeiler, age 74, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 1:10 p.m., on Tuesday, August 27, 2019, at Select Specialty Hospital, Davenport, Iowa, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Gary’s life, funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Gary’s life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until the time of services at 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum at 10:00 a.m., on Thursday.

Gary was born on March 8, 1945, in Peosta, Iowa, son of Roy J. and Viola “Shorty” (Klein) Pfeiler.

Gary was born on the family farm in Peosta, Iowa, and after the family moved to Dubuque he attended grade school at Holy Ghost School and then went on to Dubuque Senior High School. He was a hard worker and was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company from age 16 until they closed the plant in Dubuque. He then relocated to Wichita, Kansas, to finish out his working career before his well earned retirement 40+ years later. Gary was a member of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters Union, the 700 Bowling Club, and Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, in Dubuque. He was united in marriage to Dixie Carnicle in 1967, in Dubuque, and they were blessed with 2 children. Later in life he would once again find love with Karen Tomter, they would marry in 1975, and he would adopt her 3 children into his family. In his free time, Gary enjoyed sitting down to watch a Chicago Cubs or Bears game. He was excellent in the kitchen and was a wiz when it came to firing up the grill creating something delicious. Gary was an avid bowler, affectionately known as “Coach” to those he helped improve their game. He was also an accomplished fisherman who loved fast cars, big trucks, and a good game of Euchre. Beyond a doubt Gary’s greatest joy came from spending time with his kids, grandkids and great-grandkids, and his special little buddy, Lucky Dog. We are deeply saddened at losing the patriarch of our family, but are thankful for all of the wonderful photos and memories we have to cherish.

Those left to cherish Gary’s memory include

his 2 children,
Rick (Jennifer) Pfeiler, Bernard, IA
and Tammy (Ron) Kaesbauer, Dubuque, IA;

his 3 adopted children,
Lisa (Cable) Gray, Iowa City, IA,
Lori (Joe) Kimura, Iowa City, IA
and Michael (Erin) Pfeiler, Severance, CO;

his 12 grandchildren;

his 13 great-grandchildren;

his siblings,
Kenneth A. (Darlene) Pfeiler, Asbury, IA,
Darlene A. (Robert) Mauer, Dubuque, IA,
Roger F. (Donna) Pfeiler, Dubuque, IA
and Randy J. (Diane) Pfeiler, Cedar Rapids, IA;

and his former wife,
Karen Pfeiler, Iowa City, IA.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents; 2 great-grandsons, Aaron and Dean Schramm; and a sister-in-law, Janis Pfeiler.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities.


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Behr Funeral Home
1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa
September 4th, 2019 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Funeral service

Behr Funeral Home
1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa
September 4th, 2019 at 7:00 PM

2 condolences for Gary L. Pfeiler
  1. Michelle Freisinger says:

    Rick and family. So sorry to hear of your dads passing. Thoughts and prayers with all of you and for your dad

  2. Emily Tharp says:

    Your dad popped into my memories today. He lived at the apt complex I use to manage in Wichita. What a character he was! He couldn’t wait to get back to Iowa with all of you when he finally left Wichita. My sincerest condolences to you as you go through your year of firsts without him.

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