Gary W. Latham

Gary W. Latham, age 82, of Dubuque, Iowa, completed his earthly journey on September 5, 2020, at home, surrounded by his loving family.  To honor Gary’s life, a private family service is being held, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.  Burial will be in the St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Dubuque.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Gary’s family.


Gary was born on July 16, 1938, in Dubuque, Iowa, a son to Donald J. and Angeline K. (Lebben) Latham, Sr.  Gary grew up learning the values of family, faith and freedom and would excel in all three as his life progressed.  He proudly joined the U.S. Marine Corps after high school and honorably served his country.  He was united in marriage to his beautiful bride, LaVonne Frederick, on March 2, 1957, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Dubuque, and the two were blessed with many wonderful years together, and a family that Gary was proud to provide for, care for, and lead.  Gary spent over 33 years with John Deere Dubuque Works as a General Supervisor before eventually retiring, and joyfully invested a few more hours each week to perfecting his golf game.  The golf course wasn’t the only manicured lawn Gary was blessed to walk upon though.  Anyone who knew Gary well, knew that his meticulous manner definitely carried over into his lawn and gardens at home.  He also enjoyed collecting John Deere Tractors and many hours were spent on each and every one being the best examples which he could acquire and display for all to enjoy.  Gary was a personable and practical gentleman who didn’t waste too much time within the gray areas of life.  There was a right and wrong way in everything, and sometimes you’d simply have to understand that Gary’s way was definitely going to be the right way.  Gary was as solid as a rock, with a tender heart encased securely within, and the legacy he leaves behind is quite evident as those who follow his lead can all state quite proudly that it is not his shadow they are behind, but rather his footsteps they are walking upon now.  Our broken hearts will miss and love Gary more than he could ever imagine possible, but, in time, as our sorrow begins to fade and our peace slowly returns, we can find comfort through it all knowing that our dear husband, father, grandfather and friend is resting quite comfortably in the secure and loving arms of his Lord and Savior until we meet again.  Thank you, Gary, for every memory, lesson, and example of love you leave behind; we will treasure them all until the end of time!  


Those left behind to cherish the memory of Gary include,


his loving wife of 63 years,

LaVonne L. Latham, Dubuque, Iowa;


his 2 children,

Clinton “Clint” W. Latham, Farley, Iowa,

and Lori L. (Wayne) Kenniker, Dubuque, Iowa;


his 5 adored grandchildren,

Codi M. (Randy) Thul, Dubuque, Iowa,

Joseph W. (Alyssa) Latham, Balltown, Iowa,

Jacob W. (Tara) Kenniker, Dubuque, Iowa,

Samuel L. (Ashley) Kenniker, Dubuque, Iowa,

and Alexander W. (Calee) Kenniker, Dubuque, Iowa;


his 6 much loved great-grandchildren,

Caleb, Presley and Lenny Thul, Jack and Annie Latham, and Liam Kenniker;


his sister-in-law,

Diane M. Latham, The Villages, Florida;


along with many cherished brothers and sisters in-law’s, extended family, friends, and neighbors.


Gary was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, Donald J. Latham, Jr.


Gary’s family would like to thank the many dedicated doctors and nurses that helped him on this journey, all of Gary’s friends at Cardiac Rehab, along with the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their professional care and support.  Losing our Patriarch has been a very difficult place to find any peace, but thankfully because of family, friends, and angels like you, we’ve been able to make it through each day, one at a time.  Thank you and God bless you all for your mission and service.


Online condolences may be shared with Gary’s family at

To honor Gary’s life, a private family service is being held, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.  Burial will be in the St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Dubuque. 

8 comments on “Gary W. Latham
  1. Jim Frederick says:

    SEMPER FI Uncle, it was you and my other Uncles who shown a light on the door which I took to make a career in the Military. I will never forget the words you all used that made an impression on me as a stupid kid who did not know what he was going to do on life. Those being “Boy you ever join the Military you do your 20 years” and I did plus 4. You and my Uncles always said they kick themselves in the butt for not staying in. RIP Uncle,cheers.

  2. Ron and Tammy Jaacks says:

    Our sympathies to all the family. So sorry to hear of your loss.

  3. David and Jodi says:

    What a truly wonderful tribute to honor your husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather! Our thoughts are with you all at this time. Uncle Gary will be missed!

  4. Bruce Flynn and the Flynn Family says:

    Sorry for your loss. I remember Gary from the days on the golf course. He would always brighten everyone’s day.

  5. So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and sympathy are with all of you.
    Ray and Pat Thul and family

  6. Tom and Peggy Gantz says:

    Lori, Wayne and Latham families

    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. Please know you and your families are in our thoughts and prayers.

  7. Tom & Sharon Kramer says:

    Our sincere sympathy to LaVonne, Clint & Lori/Wayne and their families. We enjoyed many gatherings with Gary, he was a great man that always had a story and smile to share. May his memories bring you comfort, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  8. Gary Flynn says:

    To the family of Gary Latham,
    Patty and I were saddened to learn of Gary’s passing. I will forever remember Gary from the golf course days. Few have made a lasting impression like he did. It was a pleasure to see him on his visits and to listen to his conversations with my dad in the clubhouse after his golf game. I’m sure Dad and Gary are picking up where they left off many years ago. Our heartfelt condolences to all.

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