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Gary Parno

September 19, 1938 — November 29, 2022

Gary Charles Parno, age 84, of Ripon, WI, passed away on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, WI.

Gary was born on September 19, 1938 in St. Peter, MN, son of Grace Durland Long. He graduated from Blue Earth High School. He married Janet Dontje in Pine City, MN on March 7, 1958. Gary honorably served our country in the Navy from 1958-1961. He had a long career as an Agricultural Maintenance Supervisor for the Green Giant Company.

Gary had many interests, including: playing cards, gardening, woodworking and reading. He was an avid local sports fan and attended many games/matches throughout his life. Gary also enjoyed making an appearance at the Princeton Flee Market almost every week. But his greatest joy was his children and grandchildren; he loved telling stories about them.

Gary is survived by his four children: Cary (Cathy) Parno, Brad (Ann) Parno, Lisa Coffman, and Patrick (Connie) Parno; grandchildren: Matthew, Amy, Christopher, Alana, Salvatore, Nicholas, Marissa, Emily, and Alexis; five great-grandchildren; a brother, John Long; a sister, Cynthia Long; sisters-in-law: Alice Struss, Tanny Long and Karen Long; brother-in-law, Harvey (Barb) Dontje; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife of nearly 60 years; his mother; brothers: Darwin and Jerry Long; sisters: Jean Grover and Barbara Rud; brother-in-laws Raymond Grover, John Rudd, David Schneider and Earl Struss and sister-in-laws Jean Long and Linda Schneider.

A private family celebration of life will be held at Butzin-Marchant Funeral Home.

Gary and Janet will be inurned together at a later date at Maple Hill Cemetery in Lakota, Iowa.

A heartfelt thank you to the team at St. Mary’s Hospital, 5 NW ICU for the special care. Memorials in his name may be directed to Ripon Area School Athletic Department, Attn: Bill Kinziger, 850 Tiger Drive, Ripon, WI 54971.
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