In loving memory of

Gary August Yaddof
July 20, 1956 - January 17, 2020

Gary August Yaddof, 63, died in his home on January 17, 2020 in Charles City, IA due to complications from Lewy Body Dementia (LBD).

Gary was born on July 20, 1956 in Elwood, IA to his parents, Victor and Doris Yaddof. He graduated from the University of Dubuque with a degree in Biology and moved to Northeast Iowa where he worked at Swiss Valley Farms in Luana.

He was united in marriage to Naomi Odegard on April 5, 1986. Together, they raised four children in rural McGregor.

Gary had a great love for the outdoors, which he instilled in his children by regularly taking them camping, hiking, hunting and fishing. He spent summers teaching them how to garden and winters teaching them how to ski. Gary also loved playing Euchre, traveling with his family, and cheering on the Chicago Cubs and Bears.

Gary is survived by his wife, Naomi; his four children, Emily (Brian) Gibbs of Tomahawk, WI; Michael (Rachel) Yaddof of Cedar Falls, IA; Isaac Yaddof and Elizabeth Yaddof, both of Charles City, IA; and his brother, Larry Yaddof, and sister, Marla Wilcox, both of Delmar, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A celebration of life will take place on Saturday, January 25, 2019 from 3 to 6 pm in "The Bistro" at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, IA. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Gary's life.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Gary's honor may be directed to the family to help advance the study of Lewy Body Dementia, a deadly disease that causes a progressive decline in mental and physical abilities.

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Joe & Sue Wilkinson wrote on Jan 25, 2020:

"Quiet, calm...and always aware of what was going on. We help him peel back the 'quiet 'a little bit when he pledged Phi Omicron at U of Dubuque. A great friend in college....and one we enjoyed seeing a lot in the years after. Heritage Days in Clayton County were never complete, until Gary, Naomi, a couple of kids or whomever he came out with that October weekend--stopped by and caught up with us. "

Sherry Watters wrote on Jan 24, 2020:

"I knew Gary from high school days. He was funny, kind, and calm. I ran him again on a weekend while we were both home from college, but had not kept in touch. I was so sorry to hear of his passing. My condolences for your loss of such a nice guy. "

Gary Erion wrote on Jan 24, 2020:

" I remember Gary / affectionately known as Yadds from our days of Phi O brotherhood in college. I saw Gary as such a genuine , kind , laid back , sincere, respectful ,mannerly, soft spoken gentleman. I am truly sorry of this passing of a wonderful Phi O brother ,a husband , a father & a friend to many. God Bless You Gary Carlos "

Timothy Smith wrote on Jan 24, 2020:

"It was an Honor to have known Gary. We met at the University of Dubuque and became Fraternity Brothers with Phi Omicron. My frat brothers certainly had many personalities, but Gary was special. His face would light up when you met, he was always good natured, easy-going and upbeat. His wife was in the same sorority as my girlfriend and are dear friends, his brother-in-law Pete was also a frat brother, and hired my girlfriend Kris Olson and many of the other frat bros. I am enriched having known Gary and cherish the memories of his friendship. Last time I saw Gary was at another frat bothers son's wedding reception, and we sat together. I had brought an old photo album of our school days and had some great belly laughs. I will always treasure that. Thoughts and prayers to the entire Yaddof family. -Timothy Smith"

Randy & Sandy Williams wrote on Jan 23, 2020:

"Our Condolences on Gary's passing, he was such a wonderful man and father. "

Larry Hibbs wrote on Jan 20, 2020:

" I met and got to know Gary after he moved to Charles City. We became good friends. My life is better for having known him. My sympathies to Naomi and family on Gary's passing."

Linda (Kehn) Tjaden wrote on Jan 20, 2020:

"Naomi and family, I am so sorry to hear about Gary?s passing. You all have been a very compassionate family to Gary and my heart goes out to each and every one of you. May your memories of Gary stay with you always and help you through the good times and sad times."

Angel Schiffer wrote on Jan 18, 2020:

"Marla, me deepest sympathy for the loss of your brother. God's peace be with you and his family. "

Paula Spain wrote on Jan 18, 2020:

"So sorry and very sad to hear of Gary?s death. Was so kind. Was a lot of fun too working for my mom, Helen when dad died. Rest In Peace. Paula (Stevens) Spain"

Marilyn Ruggeberg RN wrote on Jan 18, 2020:

"So very sorry for your loss "

Cynthia Ness wrote on Jan 18, 2020:

"I was a Delwood classmate of Gary's. My memories of him are that he was quiet but very kind hearted. Reading of his passing, I feel such compassion for the family. I've recently learned quite a bit about Lewy BD and know this had to have been a very difficult road for all involved. My heart goes out to you. I promise to keep you in my prayers. ???"

Sandy Coleman wrote on Jan 18, 2020:

"Naomi & family, I am so sorry and sad to hear of your loss of Gary. He was a great guy and wonderful, compassionate and fair boss. Sending thoughts and prayers to you all at this difficult time. "

Donald klotzbach wrote on Jan 18, 2020:

"my sympathy at your loss Gary was a great friend Don Klotzbach"

Jackie mangold wrote on Jan 18, 2020:

"Naomi my sympathy to you and your family. Gamma Sister love Jackie Mangold "

Kathy & Jim Peel. wrote on Jan 18, 2020:

"Deepest sympathy to you Michael & Rachael and your family. Prayers for peace and consolation to you all. "

Pete Odegard wrote on Jan 18, 2020:

"Gary you were my very good friend, my roomate, my frat brother, my brother in law, husband to my sister and a greag fatherto your children. I will always cherish the memories we had together. God Speed Gary. Pete."

Karen Hagenow wrote on Jan 18, 2020:

"What a great tribute to Gary! He was very special. I enjoyed being his classmate at Delwood. He was always so kind. My sympathy to you all. Karen Bailey Hagenow "

Kris (Olson) Urdahl wrote on Jan 18, 2020:

"I will always remember Gary for his layback personality and visiting him and Naomi in rural McGregor and our earlier days at the University of Dubuque. He would most of the time be outside when I would stop by unexpectedly after visiting my parents and always had a cold beverage to share. I was glad to know him and he will be dearly missed by many."

Linda Gullickson wrote on Jan 18, 2020:

"So sorry for your loss. I loved working with Gary at Swiss Valley and we shared many laughs. I will always remember him. Linda Gullickson"

Lorna Goldensoph Hill wrote on Jan 18, 2020:

"So sorry for your loss, hugs and prayers to all ??"

Holly Osweiler wrote on Jan 18, 2020:

"Our thoughts are with you. We enjoyed our time with Gary. Prayers for comfort and peace. "

Bry Bry wrote on Jan 18, 2020:

"Gary was a such a kind human being. Be it watching Cubs games, going for walks or eating Oreo cookies together, I'm so thankful to have been able to share time together on earth with him."

Tom Gannon wrote on Jan 18, 2020:

"Gary was a great friend and classmate! May his memory be a blessing!"