Gary Wayne Egge, 66 of Winona, died peacefully at home on Thursday, March 16, 2017 after a 5 year battle with prostate cancer.
Gary was born August 16, 1950 in Lanesboro to Arnold and Rosetta (Gilbertson) Egge. He graduated from Winona Senior High School and attended Southeast Tech for carpentry classes. Gary served his country honorably in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. On July 27, 1974, he married Kathleen Taylor. Gary worked for many years at Badger Equipment until his retirement in 2012.
Gary loved to go fishing on Bartlett's Lake but his favorite hobby was picking agates for his business, Gary's Rock Shop. His biggest pride and joy in life was his family, he was so proud of each of them and loved them unconditionally.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen; daughter, Sarah (Frank) Bell; two grandchildren, Jacob and Taylor Bell; sister, Beverly Klinski; and brother, Arnie "Swede" (Charlene) Egge.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Larry Egge.
Memorial Service will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at Hoff Celebration of Life Center, Goodview, led by Funeral Celebrant Jenny Hoff. Visitation will be 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Gary will be laid to rest at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery - Preston. Hoff Celebration of Life Center - Goodview is assisting the family with arrangements.
Please share a memory of Gary and sign his online guestbook at www.hofffuneral.com.
I met Gary at Agate Days in Moose Lake. I was living in Lake City at the time and he agreed to have lunch with me and assess my Son's agate collection. We shared his love for agate picking and we learned a lot from Gary and appreciated his friendship. I was fortunate enough to go to his house and see many of his agates as well. He really was a fun guy and I will miss him.
Tom Lindh, Houston, Mn.
Kathleen, Sarah & family- So sorry to hear of Gary's passing. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
Nickki (Anderson) Johnson
(old neighbor from Marian Street and Sarah's classmate)
Gary and I were in the same grade at Phelps Elementary School, and of course their Basketball team.
As the Center, I would most often try to tip the ball towards Gary, as I knew he would make the maximum effort to drive drive to the net -every time. There was no such thing as a partial effort for Gary.
Any time we would bump in to each other in the following decades, he was always the same easy going, soft spoken person I would remember from way back then.
Gary was one of the "Good Guys", and I wish all the best for his family.
Sarah and Kathleen,
I always have and always will treasure all of the memories that inhave made with Gary and you two throughout the years! Your home was always my second home back in high school. May you always hold the memories you made with Gary close to your heart! Many prayers are being sent your way as you go through this difficult time!
Kathleen I am so sorry to hear of Gary's passing may God wrap you in his loving arm's during this trying time love Debbie
Lots of great memories...lots of great rock stories....lots of laughter. We know you're on the greatest agate hunting adventure of all!
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