Gary Lee Arp was born on May 2, 1944, in Manly, Iowa, the son of Larry “Barney” and Latwina “Minnie” (Detzel) Arp. He attended school in Manly, Iowa. Gary married Nancy Ellen Chapman on July 7th, 1962 and throughout their years together they had lived in Albert Lea, California and Alaska, where Gary worked on the pipeline. They later returned to Albert Lea and opened Petals and Bows Floral Shop. Nancy proceeded Gary in death on October 1st, 1998. Gary married Susan Kay (Wittenburg) Feuerhak on October 16, 2004 in Park Rapids, MN. They made Albert Lea their home and operated Petals and Bows in Northwood, Iowa and also operated a wholesale floral business before retiring. In his retirement many will remember how he loved to ride his scooter, always with his canine companion. Gary was a great outdoorsman, which made his 20 years in Alaska so enjoyable. He loved being “back” to nature, fishing, hunting, flower gardening and wandering with his dogs by his side were his favorite pastimes. Gary died on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. He was 75. Gary will be greatly missed by his family: wife Sue, daughter Sheila Kisner of Albert Lea, grandson Roy Lee Kisner and his two sons; stepchildren: Ann (Kevin) Steele of Garnavillo, IA, and their children Susan, Justin, Elizabeth and Kaleb; David (Darra) Feuerhak of Bethalto, IL and their children Noah, Jonah, Anaiah and Moriah, mother-in-law Betty Wittenburg of Park Rapids, MN; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Beverly Arp of Manly, Iowa, Ron Purkapile of LeRoy, MN, Kathryn and Allen Belt of Park Rapids, MN, Duane and Fran Wittenburg of Leavenworth, KS, Kermit and Marcia Wittenburg of Park Rapids, MN and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Scott, his wife Nancy, stepson Paul Lee Feuerhak, sister Beverly McClung, brother Marvin “Butch” Arp, and sister Mary Ann Purkapile.
A visitation will be held from 5-8 on Thursday, at Bonnerup Funeral Service, Albert Lea. Private Interment Hillcrest Cemetery.