ROCKFORD — Gaylon Garth Mace, 87, of Rockford, passed away Friday, March 22, 2013 in Swedish American Hospital. He was born April 16, 1925 in Ottumwa, Iowa, the son of Joseph and Elva Mace.
He served in the Navy during WWII in A CUB Unit for 33 Months in the South Pacific. He married Marcella Ranken in Davis Junction on Feb. 14, 1948, they were married for 65 years.
Gaylon worked at George H. Spengler for many years, retiring in 1994. He attended Alpine Lutheran Church and was a member of Steward Methodist Church in Steward. He was also a member of the Rotary Club Loves Park, serving at one time as president, ASQ Association, Former board member at Rock Valley College and Loves Park VFW.
Gaylon was also the first scout leader in Steward and went on to be associated with the Boy Scouts for all his life. He was also the main character in Gargantuan Gaylon Garth from Cherry Valley Grade School. He loved photography, fishing and family.
Survivors include his wife, Marcella; two children, Terry (Cindy) Mace of St. James, Minn., and Connie (Richard) Dowling of Cherry Valley; four grandchildren, Kelly (Tim) Augustine of Iowa, Tiffany Mace of Minnesota, Tim Dowling of Cherry Valley and Tammy (Lukas) Burkon of Poplar Grove; great-grandchildren, Brittney (Tyler) Hill, Cody Augustine, Nick and Ashley Mace and Austin Burkon; sisters, Sheryl (Raymond) Preiss of Shirland, Loree Bailey of Rockford and Joetta Wyatt of Loves Park.
He was predeceased by his parents, infant brother Norland, sister, Veon Severinghous, and brother-in-laws, Stanley Severinghous, Bill Bailey and Gail Wyatt.
Funeral service is at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26 in Alpine Lutheran Church. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the service time Tuesday in the church. Burial will be the following day at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 27 in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements were completed by Fitzgerald Funeral Home Mulford Chapel. Express online condolences at www.fitzgeraldfh.com