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1946 Gary 2023

Gary Allan Hough

August 25, 1946 — August 21, 2023

Des Moines

Gary and Dawn Hough will be joined together at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery where Gary will receive full military honors during a graveside committal service at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 28, 2023.

Gary Allan Hough was born August 25, 1946 in Denver, Colorado and passed away peacefully at home on August 21, 2023, four days prior to his 77th birthday.

Gary’s family is from Underwood, Iowa and they lived in Denver for a short time, but his father missed the farm, so they moved back to Underwood. Gary attended Underwood High School and graduated in 1964. In May of 1967, Gary married Dawn Marie Real, the love of his life for over 60 years. In 1966, he voluntarily enlisted in the United States Army and served in Vietnam from April 1968 to April 1969.

Gary and Dawn raised four boys. In Gary’s lifetime, he was an exceptionally hard worker. Gary was the example for his boys to dedicate themselves to hard work to be successful.

Gary wanted to farm like his dad, and he gave it his best for several years, but he saw an opportunity to better provide for his family, and he went to work for the Uniroyal Factory as a Quality Inspector in Red Oak, Iowa. In 1997, he retired from factory work after 25 dedicated years.

In his retirement, Gary’s love of old cars and trucks became a full-time hobby which remained with him until his last day.

Gary was preceded in death by his wife, Dawn Marie Hough (Real), brother, Maurice Hough, father, Myron Hough, and mother, Naomi Hough.

Gary is survived by his sisters, Patricia Hough and Carol Smith, sons, Philip, Kevin (Leslie), Ian (Keaton), and Michael, grandchildren Tyler, Evan, Kathryn, Samuel, Hannah, Alex and Derek; and great-grandchildren, Sterling, Skylee, Elysse, and Hayden.

Memorial donations may be made in Gary's memory to: Iowa Veterans Cemetery, 34024 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Adel, IA 50003.

Ernst Funeral & Cremation Services of Waukee has been entrusted with Gary's final arrangements.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Gary Allan Hough, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

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Graveside Service

Monday, August 28, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

Please line up on the North side (left) side of the road near the administration building prior to 11:00 a.m. At service time, a cemetery rep. will lead everyone down in their vehicles to the service location.

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