Gerald “Gary” Hawthorne, age 75 of Perry, passed away on Friday, May 19, 2017 at the Perry Lutheran Home in Perry, Iowa. Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 22, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Perry. Visitation will be on Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Carris Family Funeral Home in Perry. Memorials will be given to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Perry Lions Club and may be left at the Carris Family Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent at www.carrisfuneralhome.com.


Gerald “Gary” Leroy Hawthorne was born on June 23, 1941 at Corning, Iowa to Clifford Leroy and Emma (Nafke) Hawthorne. He graduated from Lohrville High School, then went to Northwest Missouri State and later obtained his Master’s degree from University of Montana at Missoula, Mont. He was united in marriage to Janet Kay Miller at Farnhamville, Iowa on Sept. 3, 1960. He taught at Lake City, Clear Lake and Perry Community Schools.


Gary was a member of the Mount Olivet Lutheran Church and Perry Lions Club. He enjoyed camping, especially in Colorado, carving, coaching, officiating and was a proud blood donor. He was his granddaughters’ number one fan at their sports activities.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Emma Hawthorne.


He is survived by his wife Janet Kay Hawthorne, children, Debra (Chuck) Heuser, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Patsy (Don) Riley, Ankeny, Iowa and Amy (Tom Kaipust) Hawthorne, Omaha, Nebraska, granddaughters, Katie (fiancé Kyle Walker) Riley, Samantha (fiancé Ben Smith) Riley and Maggie (Drew) Lindaman. His siblings include 3 brothers, Merrill (Rita) Hawthorne, Lohrville, Iowa, Ron (Leaetta) Hawthorne, Poughkeepsie, New York and Darrell (Jan) Hawthorne, Lohrville, Iowa.