Gary Pardun

Gary Pardun, 77, of Jamaica, passed away July 1 at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines.

Funeral services were held July 5 at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Perry. Visitation with the family was before the service.

Burial was in Violet Hill Cemetery in Perry.

Memorials will be given to family, and may be left at the Carris Family Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Online condolences may be sent at

Gary Lee Pardun was born on June 9, 1942, in Perry to Willard Alman and Mildred Elizabeth (Book) Pardun. He lived in Perry until his family moved to their farm north of Jamaica when he was six. He graduated from Jamaica High School with the class of 1960. 

He was united in marriage to Linda Ann Ross at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Brookfield, Ill., on Jan. 18, 1964. He worked at the office of the Burlington Railroad in Chicago, and then Electro Motive in LaGrange, Ill., helping build locomotives.

They moved back to Iowa to farm at Bouton. He also worked at Ideal Manufacturing in Jefferson, the Retread Plant and McAtee Tire in Jefferson.

He was a member of Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Perry. He enjoyed gardening, growing flowers, bird watching, making birdhouses and watching his grandchildren’s sporting events.

In death, he rejoins his parents, Willard and Mildred, and three brothers: Orin, Paul and Bert.

Left to cherish Gary’s memory are his wife, Linda, of Jamaica; children: Mike (Nancy) Pardun, of Denison; David (Tonja) Pardun, of Ankeny; and Jeff (Angie) Pardun, of Ankeny; grandchildren: Nate, Ben, Scott, Sydney, Gavin, Conner, Logan and Harper Pardun; sisters: Phyllis (Carvel) Naeve, of Woodward; and Dorothy Griffin, of Valdosta, Ga.; and several in-laws, nieces and nephews.

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