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Gary Martin Stokely, Jr

May 27, 2020 | 6 comments

Gary Martin Stokely Jr, 55 of La Crescent MN, passed away peacefully on May 25th, 2020 in this home.

He was born on May 6th, 1965 to Gary Martin Stokely and Marilyn “Rita” Rice. He married Heather Berger on June 30th, 2006 in West Salem, WI. Gary and Heather were best friends and had many wonderful years together.

Gary loved riding around on his Harley, fishing and listening to music. He enjoyed playing golf, chess and cards. Recently he took up leatherworking, making belts. He had a charismatic personality and a contagious laugh. Gary enjoyed spending time with family and friends and was loved by many. He was a hard worker, working in the Foundry business for decades. Up until the past few years when medical issues slowed him down.

Gary is survived by his wife, Heather; his sons, Evan Mc Dermitt and Gary “Marty” Stokely III; grandsons, Kashtin, Edin and Kain; step-father Bill Rice; sister Jodie {Jim} Miller, step-siblings Bill “Billy” Rice Jr, Barb {Gene} Bloom, Mark {Gayle} Rice, Cheryl {Steve} Fry and Joyce {Duane} Gritlien; brother-in-law Shane {Jamie} Berger and niece Elaina; mother-in-law Carleen {Dave Gilles} Thurston and father-in-law Gary {Gerry} Berger.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Gary Stokely and Rita Rice; stepbrother, Patrick Rice; uncle Carl Radcliff and nephew Wesley Rice.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday May 31st, 2020 at 2:00pm at the Gathering Place, 133 Mason Street, Onalaska WI. Social distancing and masks are suggested for those attending.



  1. steve

    Rip “brother” as we always called eachother. I wish we could have met. We were so close. But i love ya and i will miss our Lengthy phone conversations. Im glad that your not in pain anymore. Tell our family hi for me. Till we meet gary RIP Brother✌

  2. Nancy K Bartlett

    Heather we are so very sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you! I love you!

    • Bob Stokely

      I love you and miss you. Rest in peace. Uncle Bob Stokely.

  3. Eric Wood

    Please accept my deepest condolences Gary was true friend he will be missed my heart goes out his family . I am sorry for your loss.

  4. Steve Geiwitz

    Heather, I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. Gary and I had some pretty enjoyable times golfing and just hanging out over the years. I wish I’d spoken with him more often since he’d left Torrance. He was not only a pleasure to work with but also to know and I know, the same feelings are shared by many. Stay strong !!!

  5. Carl Radcliff Jr

    What can I say brother, I would say that I will miss you dearly. I will miss all the great times we had. The great conversations. Even the ones where you needed encouragement. I will miss sharing laughs with you with your infectious laugh. I know you were hurting bad in the end. I do know this, we will all be together again in heaven one day as children of Christ. You rest easy now, you are with mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, and so many before us. I know you are happy and without pain. I love you brother. Save a fishing rod for me because we have a lot of fish to catch. Love you Gary.


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