Gary Mines Obituary

Gary R.  Mines
Gary R. Mines
Gary R. Mines

August 12, 1939 - February 15, 2014
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Gary Mines, 74, passed away at Mercy Hospice in Johnston, IA on Saturday, February 15, 2014. His family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 19 at Iles Grandview Park Chapel. Cremation will follow the visitation.

Gary was born in Quincy, IL on August 12, 1939 to Olive and W.E. Mines, and raised in LaGrange, MO before moving to Des Moines in 1955, where he graduated from East High School. He has a sister, Jackie, who still lives in Quincy, IL.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Lorinda (Lou) Mines, and his two daughters, Shannon and Allison, both of Des Moines. He also has three daughters from a previous marriage, Deborah of Des Moines, Laurie of Phoenix, AZ and Julie of Washington State.

Gary was a self-employed owner-operator of Gary Mines Trucking and drove nationwide for over 40 years before retiring in 2011. Among his many hobbies were working in his yard, taking his cat Smokey for walks, and tinkering with cars, mainly his 1954 Ford. He was an avid NASCAR racing fan and never missed a St. Louis Cardinals game when he was home. He was also a talented musician with his own band, The Nite Shift, for many years and had a loyal following around the local bar scene. He won several music awards and in 2006 was inducted into the online museum Country Music Showcase International.

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Grandview Park Funeral Home
3211 Hubbell Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50317
Monday, February 17, 2014
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Grandview Park Funeral Home
3211 Hubbell Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50317
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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