assistant manager for 11 years and lastly for Mike Harms/Wright Materials Co. in Forest City as an operations loader from 2001 to 2010. Gary was a member of the First Congregational Church in Forest City. He enjoyed fishing for Walleyes and Crappies, deer hunting, watching stock car races, and going to county fairs. He especially enjoyed helping 4-H kids. Gary is survived by his wife, Patricia Dontje of Maquoketa, IA; a son, Travis (fiancé Emily Beck) Dontje of Maquoketa, IA; 2 grandchildren, Zachary and Charisma; a sister, Sharon Dontje-Yell of Stacy, MN; several nieces and nephews, including Sharon's children, a niece, Tena Yell of Stacy, MN and a nephew, Todd (Mandy) Yell and his children, Isabella and Alexia, of Woodbury, MN. He was preceded in death by his parents, mother-in-law and father-in-law, Joe and Ruth Heitland, great nephew, Devon, and a brother-in-law, Gregory Heitland. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Gary Allen Dontje memorial fund has been established. Online Condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.