Gary Ehlinger

September 18, 1953 ~ September 14, 2019 (age 65)


Gary Ehlinger, 65, of Maquoketa passed away on September 14, 2019 after a long, hard battle against pancreatic cancer in his home.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, September 20, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. A visitation will be held from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M. at Lahey and Dawson Funeral Home on Thursday, September 19, 2019 with a Rosary at 8 P.M. Burial will be held at St. Aloysius Cemetery in South Garryowen.


Gary was born on September 18, 1953 at Jackson County Hospital to Cyril and Avalene “Avie” (Small) Ehlinger. Gary worked for farmers, worked for Crane Construction, Land O Lakes, now known as Sonac and also dove semi for Simons and Richardson’s for over 8 years.


Gary enjoyed hunting and fishing and loved spending time with his grandkids. His other hobbies included riding his motorcycle, camping and he was always working in his garden and keeping his yard in tip top shape. He was a proud, loving father, a great friend that was always there to lend a helping hand, a lifelong Chicago Bears fan and an avid lawnmower.


Those left to cherish his memories are his mother Avalene "Avie" of Bernard, his children; Tonya “Adolf” Flenker of Maquoketa, Craig (Tina) Ehlinger of Andrew, five grandchildren; Chantelle Balliu, Christain Flenker, Tayler Ehlinger, Tanner Ehlinger, Cayden Oestern, two great-grand daughters Sophie and Harper Jo Balliu,  his siblings; Debra Oldham of Davenport, Randy Ehlinger of Zwingle, Greg (Lori) Ehlinger of Bernard, Sandra (Jeff) Mason of DeWitt, Lynn (Sharon) Ehlinger of Maquoketa, Lori (Dave) Serrano II of Davenport and the mother of his two children, Cindy Casel, special life long friends Lyle (Lorraine) Pershing and his loving Obie’s girls!


Preceding him in death are his father, Cyril and brother Philip.


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September 19, 2019

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Lahey Funeral Home, Maquoketa
105 w maple st
maquoketa, Iowa 52060

Funeral Mass
September 20, 2019

11:00 AM
Sacred Heart Catholic Church (Maquoketa)

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