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Gary Lewandowski 10/11/2023

Gary Lewandowski 10/11/2023

Gary Lewandowski, age 70 of Roberts, WI, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, October 11, 2023 at his home. Gary was born the son of Herman and Mary (Tuber) Lewandowski on January 21, 1953 in Pleasant Prairie, WI. He grew up in Perry, IA, graduating from Perry High School. Gary went to work on The Milwaukee Railroad. Then left to drive truck for a few years, but went back to railroad until his retirement in 2013. Gary was married to Joyce Polen on November 11, 2011 at the St. Croix County Court House in Hudson, WI. He enjoyed riding his four wheeler, camping, collecting WWII memorabilia, WWII model builder and visiting at the Sidetrack Saloon. He loved sports, especially the Iowa Hawkeyes, the Packers and Brewers. Gary was always accompanied by one of his dogs. He was hard working, kind and generous. He is preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Mary Lewandowski and his brother, Michael Lewandowski. Gary is survived by his wife, Joyce Lewandowski; step-son, Justin (Sabrina) Polen; granddaughter, Jenna Polen; siblings, Chester (Patty) Lewandowski, Jean (Kirk) Blaisdell, Ryan Lewandowski, Brett Lewandowski, Chad (Dana) Lewandowski; step-mother, Harriett (Dave) Pauley; many nieces, nephews, in-laws, and friends. A Celebration of Gary’s Life was held on Monday, October 16, 2023 at 12 noon at Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services 728 S Knowles Avenue New Richmond, WI. Visitation was also on Monday from 10 am – 12 noon at the funeral home. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.


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  • Hunter and Sonia Mertes Posted October 12, 2023 10:21 am

    Our deepest condolences Gary’s family, relatives, friends and fellow rails. It’s seems like yesterday I visited Gary at Mercy Hospital in Anoka, MN. He was the same jovial, friendly and great guy I’ve always known him to be. Gary will be sorely missed May God take him into His kingdom and bless Gary’s family beyond measure.

  • Mike n Sandy( Pekrul) McDowell Posted October 12, 2023 12:48 pm

    Gary was a classmates of 1971 n my neighbor growing up in Perry. Condolences to family n friends. Prayers n hugs sending your way. Rest in peace in God’s arms.

  • Mike n Sandy ( Pekrul) McDowell Posted October 12, 2023 12:51 pm

    Gray was a classmates of 1971 n we grew up in the same neighborhood. Prayers n hugs sending on their way to family n friends. Rest in peace in God’s arms.

  • Michael R Spearing Posted October 12, 2023 12:58 pm

    Gary, was a great guy, and even more a friend when we went school in Perry, He loved muscle cars and enjoyed working on them, We send all our prayers to his family for their loss. Gary was the true one of a kind. He always made me laugh and taught me many lessons in life from a complete different perspective. Gary will be missed and remembered always. Part of my heart is missing at his passing, but will always have the great memories of knowing Gary!

  • Jeff & Deanna Montang Posted October 12, 2023 1:59 pm

    Condolences to the family for the loss of a wonderful guy. Spent many a great day’s fishing the river with Gary and in the high school years playing with our cars. Our pry are for Gary and family.

  • Russell Long Posted October 12, 2023 4:33 pm

    I knew Gary well, I went to school with him and some how we ended working on the Milwaukee Railroad together. When the railroad closed down we went separate ways for a few years and ended up working together again in the Twin cites until we retired. A great guy would do anything for you. A great friend. Condolences to the family!!

  • Doobie DuBois Posted October 12, 2023 5:23 pm

    Worked with Gary years ago, 248/249, always was a good day at work with Gary. Hope your riding the heavenly rails 🚂🚂🙏🏼

  • Dennis Cornelius Posted October 12, 2023 6:19 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss of a great guy and friend. I filled in for Gary on his newspaper route in. Perry .

  • Mary Sipe Posted October 14, 2023 10:47 pm

    Gary was a wonderful friend. Working on cars. music blaring, a few trial runs, homework and the sweetest guy. I was so happy to see him at the class reunion and met Joyce, the love of his life.
    Prayers and blessing to all of you. I’m sure heaven got a good one🙏

  • Norman Smith Posted October 15, 2023 6:30 pm

    Condolences to the family for the loss of a great guy. Gary and I were close class mates we worked together at Fareway through high school had so many great memories RIP buddy you will be missed

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