Gary K. Willman

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Gary K. Willman, 64, of Farley, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 6, 2020, at his home in Farley.

Due to the current unprecedented conditions related to COVID-19, a private family burial service was held on Saturday, April 11, in Guttenberg.

Gary was born Sept. 3, 1955, in Guttenberg, son of D. Keith and Yvonne (Radatz) Willman. In his youth, he enjoyed playing multiple musical instruments and assisting his father auctioneering. He was a graduate of Guttenberg High School in 1973. After graduation, he worked at Faber Music Company in Dubuque and was the keyboardist for the band Nature’s Image. On May 6, 1983, he married the love of his life Kelli Ann Bradley of Epworth. Gary worked alongside his father at Rightway Realty, and he continued to run this successful business after his father’s retirement.

Gary and Kelli had two children, Tasha and Tyler. They were his pride and joy. He attended all academic and athletic events they participated in, and he provided immeasurable support in their endeavours to become a dentist and surgeon, respectively.

In his later life, Gary enjoyed running Rightway Realty, driving his 1957 Ford Fairlane convertible, spending time with his children and six grandchildren, and most of all, being with his soulmate, Kelli.

While he died unexpectedly, he lived a full life. He was a retired musician, respected businessman, loving husband and father, and amazing grandfather. He considered himself a truly blessed man.

He is survived by his wife, Kelli Ann Willman of Farley; one daughter, Dr. Tasha Rose (Dr. Juan) Ruiz of Richmond, Texas; one son, Dr. Tyler James (Meredith) Willman of Dubuque; six grandchildren, Reagan, Tyler James Jr., Scarlett, Madeleine, Elsbeth, and Taylor; one sister, Patricia Ruden of Missouri; two brothers-in-law, Dr. Steven (Candy) Bradley of Cascade and Kevin (Lori) Bradley of Palm Harbor, Fla.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be sent to the Reiff Funeral Home, Attention: Gary Willman Family, P.O. 99, Farley, Iowa, 52046.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com.

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