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GAINES, Lon 1947 - 2017


Posted By: Pat Ludeke (email)
Date: 12/6/2017 at 18:25:46

Lon Gaines, 69, of Mason City, died Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at the Muse-Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at the Grace United Methodist Church, 200 14th St. NW, with the Rev. Steve Hansen officiating.

Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 North Pennsylvania Ave.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.majorericksonfuneralhome.com.

Lon was born Aug. 15, 1947, the son of Ollie and Viola (Englet) Gaines in Mason City, Iowa. He attended and graduated from Davenport West High School in the class of 1966. On Sept. 26, 1966, Lon entered into active duty in the United States Navy. He served his country on the USS Monticello during the Vietnam War and was later honorably discharged. On Feb. 17, 1973, Lon was united in marriage to Kathye Svendsen in Mason City. To this union two children were born, and he has one child from a previous marriage.

Lon worked as a mechanic and in the auto parts business for many years. He had a passion for cars all his life. His dream car was his 1947 Ford Coupe. He and Kathye were the co-founders of the River City Street Rods, life time member of the Iowa Street Rod Association and a member of the Henry Haulers F100 Club. His A & W Root Beer memorabilia collection was well known. You could always find Lon and Kathye in the garage working together on someoneís car. He enjoyed making things for his family, especially his grandchildren. Lonís heart was huge and full of love, he was a great mentor and supporter of his grandson Justice. Lonís family was always first and he enjoyed his time with each of them. Lon and Kathye were known to search out garage sales and find treasures that they could pass on to their family. Lon was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and was active in numerous church activities.

Those thankful for having shared in Lonís life include his wife, Kathye; children, Cheri Traenkle, Matt (Kristy Troge) Gaines, Angel (Eric Flaherty) Gaines-Jarosh; grandchildren, Katherine (Zach) Gerew, Matt Traenkle, Justice Jarosh, Anna Troge, Keigan Flaherty; two great-grandchildren, Ella Pax, Aubree Gerew; sister, Linda (Ben) Allbee and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.

Mr. Gaines was preceded in death by his parents and a son-in-law Christopher Jarosh.

Arrangements: Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory, 111 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, Mason City, Iowa 50401, 641-423-0924, www.majorericksonfuneralhome.com.


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