Gary Allan Heald, age 81, lost his battle with Alzheimers disease, surrounded by loved ones on November 17, 2019. Gary was born on June 22, 1938, in Whittier, IA to the late Eugene Heald and Phoebe Brooks.
Along with his wife, Ellen, Gary is survived by his 5 children, Shawn Naeve (Mike), Scott Heald (Lisa), Dana Rohrssen, Jennifer Rose (Steve), and Kellie Webb (Keith); 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren; his siblings Beverly Franks, Larry Heald, Dolores Schmell, and Evelyn Heald; many nieces and nephews and a loyal canine companion, Bailey.
A native of Iowa, Gary enjoyed a lifelong career in the labor movement, beginning with Collins Radio/Rockwell in Cedar Rapids and ending as an International Representative and Department Director with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Washington, DC.
Gary was an avid collector of baseball cards, stamps, coins and antiques. He loved sports, especially baseball and worked as an umpire for the Cedar Rapids Reds. Gary loved the Iowa Hawkeyes. He also enjoyed spending time at his lake house in Minnesota, fishing and playing golf. His favorite days of all were spent with his grandchildren; playing, singing and just having fun.
The family will receive friends at the Cedar Memorial Chapel Stateroom on Tuesday, December 10, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. A memorial service celebrating Gary’s life will be held at 11:00 am Wednesday, December 11, at the Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories with Celebrant Julie Freese officiating. Inurnment will be in Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made in Gary's name to the Alzheimer's Association National Capital Area Chapter at PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090 or at www.alz.org.