Larry D. Gaede

Oct 4, 2017
Gaede, Larry obit


Celebration of Life Services will be 10:30 AM on Friday, October 13, 2017 at Locke Funeral Home; with military honors to be accorded


4:00 PM- 7:00 PM on Thursday, October 12, at Locke Funeral Home


Family Inurnment in Memorial Park Cemetery, at a later date.


May be directed to Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church: 810 Kimball Ave., Waterloo; Or to Cedar Valley Hospice Home: PO Box 2880, Waterloo, IA 50704.


Larry Dean Gaede, 74, of Waterloo, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Cedar Valley Hospice House.  He was a fighter and battled the many hands that were dealt to him over the years with positive strength, stubbornness and a lot of determination. 

Larry was born, July 10, 1943, in Waterloo, Iowa to Vern & Dorothy Gaede. He graduated from East High School in 1961.  He married Sherill Dennis, they later divorced.  He then married Patty Koehn on November 8, 1969. He was a veteran of the United States Army and served in the Vietnam War, receiving a Vietnam Campaign Medal.  He worked as a meat cutter for 10+ years and retired from John Deere as a machinist after 20 years of service.  

Larry was passionate about his faith and was actively involved with First Lutheran Church in Waterloo.  He loved working with the youth and attended everything from EWALU camp, to tubing the river, to organizing talent contests. He later became a member at Zion Lutheran Church where he continued to be an active member.  He spent 10 years volunteering at Covenant Medical Center fulfilling his need to be useful and his desire to help others. He was also a member of the Black Hawk Street Machines and the Waterloo Eagles Club.

He loved people. He found happiness just being around his family and friends.  He loved camping at Jellystone Park and Deerwood Park, classic cars - specifically his prized 1956 Ford Crown Victoria, attending auctions, buying and selling “so called” antiques and garage sales. He loved eagles, Pepsi and always had his trademark toothpick in his mouth.  He was a classic himself, definitely one-of-a-kind and he had a way of making you feel special just being in his presence.

Larry is survived by his wife of 48 years, Patty, and his four daughters: Debbie McIllwain of Fisher, AR, Cindy Jo (Stephen) Powell of Waterloo, IA, Cory (Darren) Lucking of  Fairbury, NE, and Dawn (Mark) Hansen of Robins, IA.  He also leaves behind 10 grandchildren: Brynn (Bryan) Kieffer and Brytne (Justin) Crowe, both in Ward, Arkansas, Brice Zeschke, Dustin Zeschke & Paige (Matt) Nieman, all in Waterloo, Iowa, Forrest Sassaman in Cedar Falls, IA, Keegan Clark in Garner, IA, Bart Hansen in Des Moines, IA, and Jack and Eli Hansen, both in Robins, Iowa; and 4 step grandchildren: Ben (Brianne) Powell in New York, NY, Meghan (Chris) Russell and Katie Powell, both in Neptune Beach, FL, and Sean Powell in Chicago, IL.  Larry has also been blessed to have 7 great-grandchildren - Kamden, Trey, Sophia, Harper, Vaida, Heidi, and Tenley. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, a grandson, Nikklos, and brother, Ronald, both in infancy.

Larry was blessed with a special angel who came into his life as a caretaker and became his dear friend, Mike Harris-Martin.  Also a special thank you to the Cedar Valley Hospice Home for their loving care and support.  


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  1. christie l twaites | Oct 13, 2017
    So sorry Patti to You and your family for your loss--We enjoyed talking with Larry at the camp ground--Bob and Christie Twaites
  2. Bob Kuennen | Oct 13, 2017
    I enjoyed Larry's handling of the breakfast's at the Eagles. Also his enthusiasm while attending the breakfasts in his wheel chair.  R.I.P
  3. Terry Milks | Oct 13, 2017

    Very sorry to hear of Larry's passing. His devotion supporting the youth of First Lutheran positively impacted many young lives including my own. I have many fond memories of the retreats, lock-ins, tubing and canoe trips, camp outs, and all the other activities he supported that provided the youth a supportive community where we could develop our faith and ourselves. Being a parent myself, I now have a much better appreciation for the dedication, sacrifice, and selflessness that Larry provided to the service of his church and faith. My deepest sympathy to the family. May God bless and comfort you. 

    Terry Milks

  4. Wanda Birdsong | Oct 11, 2017

    Patty, I am so very sorry to learn of Larry's death. I think of you often, and wish you solace in faith, family, and friends. 

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family. 

  5. Cindy Franklin | Oct 09, 2017
    I’m so very sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. My deepest sympathy to you Pat and the entire family. May God Bless you. Larry will be joining Ted and all his loved ones who have gone before him who are waiting with open arms. Much love, Cindy (Runyan) Franklin
  6. Stacy Bamsey | Oct 06, 2017

    We are so sorry for your loss. May memories of Larry and love of family surround you and give you strength in the days ahead.

    Matt & Stacy

  7. Liz Gardner | Oct 05, 2017

    So sorry for the families loss.  May the Lord comfort and give you all peace.  

    Dan & Liz Gardner

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