Gary Dean Karau
Sunday, August 3, 1941
Date of Death:
Saturday, August 3, 2019
78 years old
Gary Dean Karau
Gary Dean Karau, 78, of Rochester, passed away after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at Cottagewood Senior Living. Gary’s wife and children were by his side till the end.
Gary was born August 3, 1941 to Glenn and Anne Marie (Vessey) Karau in Rochester, MN. Gary graduated in 1959 from Burgess High School in El Paso, Texas. He served in the Navy from 1959 to 1962. March of 1963, Gary married Barbara Ellefson in Rochester. Gary worked for Northwestern Bell/Qwest for more than 30 years.
After retiring, Gary and Barb traveled going on cruises in the Mediterranean, Alaska, Hawaii, and the Bahamas. They also took trips in the US to the east and west coast. Gary loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. Gary was a long time member of Peace United Church and served on the church council as well as other committees and Senior Saints. Gary loved his church. He was a member of the Rochester Eagles Club, enjoyed hunting, fishing, and special Canada fly-in fishing trips.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara; his daughter, Pamela (Lan) Quang of Massachusetts; his son, Daniel of Rochester; grandchildren, Andrea (Gabe) Paredes, Adam (Eleanor) Quang, and Bailey Karau; his sister, Glenda Andrist; and sister-in-law, Jean Karau. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, Robert Karau.
The memorial service for Gary will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at Peace United Church in Rochester with Pastor Paul Bauch officiating. Visitation will be held one hour before the service at church on Wednesday. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Rochester.
The family prefers memorials to Peace United Church.
The family of Gary Dean Karau has received the following condolences.
We all loved Gary. I knew him since we were kids at Walker AFB in Roswell. He was always a person in good spirits and loved his family dearly. He will be missed by all of us
Barb if there is anything you need please call me.
Sorry we are not able to be with you today Barb, but we want to extend our condolences to you and your family in the loss of a great Husband, Father, and Grandfather.
Karau Family, (Dan & Bailey)
We just want to extend our condolences to your family, and let you know that your in our thoughts and prayers.
Dean & Kristina Pike
Sorry to hear of Gary's passing. Prayers to you and your family
Our prayers and love go out to Barb and all of Gary’s family. It gives us peace to know that Gary is at home in heaven with His Lord and Savior. He is no longer suffering with the pain of this earth. Rest In Peace friend 🙏 ❤️.
My Dearest Grandpa,
The memories we shared are endless. Your words of wisdom are always with me. Your guidance, your strength, your laughter... I will cherish it all. I know you are watching over us. I hope to see you in my dreams and feel your presence with me... rest in eternal peace grandpa. Heaven is so lucky to have you.
“Beyond the door, there’s peace I’m sure, and I know there’ll be no more, tears in heaven.”
With love forever and always,
Words can not express the amount of love that I have for you. I am so lucky to have been able to call you my grandpa. It seems surreal that you are no longer here. I know you will be watching over us and guiding us through our lives. I will forever hold on to and cherish all of our memories. I love you so much grandpa. Until we meet again... Rest In Peace.
Your little girl,
Grandpa, it is with a heavy heart and much reluctance that I must accept you are no longer here with us. The time we have spent together are memories I hold close and will forever cherish. From the annual road trips you and Grandma spoiled Annie and I with since we were just children, to the quality time spent at home whether in Minnesota or Massachusetts .. I will forever be grateful to have been blessed with such a loving and caring grandfather as you. I love you so much Grandpa.. Until we meet again, Rest In Peace..
'Goodbye' may seem forever,
'Farewell' is like the end..
But in my heart is the memory,
And there, you'll always be..
Dad - I know how lucky am I to have you as my father in law. I am so happy for all the great memories and times together over the past 35 years. Now you had left this earth and I'm pretty sure the heaven has received a new member.
I will miss you - Rest in peace
Love -- Your son in law -
A True Blessing having spent amazing memories with you and everyone. Sharing your Love, Commitment , Leadership and most of all the soul of uniquely embedded kindred spirit. Thank you for your service and showing us how truly special grandma means to you. We love you and wish you peace on your next journey. God Bless
Thank you for all the wonderful memories as each will be treasured in our hearts. You’ve came into our lives and changed it for the better, grateful and thankful to be one of the lucky ones to have crossed paths with you in this lifetime. We miss you so much and love you always. Rest in eternal peace Grandpa<3
Praying for my family during this difficult time, sending all my love and well wishes.