Gareth R. Gusse


DAVENPORT, Iowa - Gareth Rene Gusse, 72, of Davenport passed away Oct. 16, 2020 at Genesis East Medical Center.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A funeral Mass will be held 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 23 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Davenport. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22 with a 6:30 p.m. prayer service at the Runge Mortuary & Crematory, Davenport.

Gareth was born Dec. 20, 1947 in Moline to Rene and Jacqueline (Martinelli) Gusse, the first-born of nine children. He married Nancy M. Lindenmier of West Brooklyn on June 13, 1970 in Sublette.

Survivors include his wife; three children, Seth (Shelly) Gusse, Renata (Paul) Owens and Annaliese Gusse (Robert Robinson); two granddaughters, Janie and Sally Owens; two aunts, Georgette Jarrin and Catherine Masciopinto; seven siblings, Sheryll (Larry, deceased) Langley, Steve (Ma Xiu Feng) Gusse, Daniel (Kim) Gusse, Therese (John, deceased) Bolander, David (Becky) Gusse, Christine (Jeff) Holmes and Joseph (Kathy) Gusse; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Mary Sheila Cooksey.

Gareth graduated from Alleman High School in 1965, attended Blackhawk College in Moline, and then University of Illinois-Champaign, graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1971 and a Master of Architecture degree in 1976. He served in the U.S. Army from 1971-1974, most of that time in Germany, stationed at Spangdahlem Air Base and Bitburg Air Base. He and Nancy celebrated 50 years of marriage this past summer, and he was very proud of their three children. He worked as a structural engineer in the Quad Cities with the firms of Shive-Hattery, Marske-Schardein and Missman, Inc. for a total of 40 years, retiring in 2015. He was a faithful member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and prior to that Our Lady of Victory Church, being very active in both parishes. Most recently, he was on St. Anthony’s Building Committee, helped serve funeral luncheons and was involved in many other parish activities. Gareth enjoyed traveling, building and fixing whatever needed to be built or fixed, solving crossword puzzles, watching sports and spending time with his family, especially being “Opa” to granddaughters, Janie and Sally. He was quiet and kind, generous and funny, and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the McAnthony Window or St. Anthony Catholic Church. Online condolences can be shared at www.rungemortuary.com.

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