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Garry Cecil Bjustrom was born June 3, 1960 in Algona, Iowa, to Francis Dale and Carole Sue (Becker) Bjustrom. Garry graduated from Algona high school in 1979 and began working on the family farm.

Garry moved to Mount Ayr, Iowa to start farming in 1981. He had farmed full-time in the Mount Ayr area for nearly 30 years, raising row crops and managing a cow-calf operation and swine confinements. Fifteen years ago he started Southern Waste Handling, a manure pumping business. He also served on the board of directors for the Co-op. 

On May 26, 2012 Garry was united in marriage to Marci Sue Mobley and lived on the farm in Mount Ayr. Work was his hobby and he enjoyed it. He was especially proud of his children, Brandon and Maggi. Over the years Brandon and Garry had many great memories working together in the shop and growing BB Diesel. He also looked forward to the time he spent with Maggi checking cattle. He loved hunting and fishing with his family and friends. Garry was always there to help friends and neighbors whenever they were in need. He particularly looked forward to his Monday night meetings with friends at the ‘Smart Table.’ Garry loved to spend time with his family and show them ‘how to do things’ on the farm.  Recently Garry really enjoyed going to rodeos with Marci, Ashton and Alyssa.

Garry died on Thursday morning, July 25, 2013, at the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr at the age of 53.

He is survived by his wife, Marci; children, Brandon Bjustrom and fianc?? Kelli Jo Wetzel of Mount Ayr, Iowa and Maggi Bjustrom of Minburn, Iowa; stepdaughters, Ashton and Alyssa Johnson of Mount Ayr, Iowa; parents, Francis and Sue Bjustrom of Algona, Iowa; brothers, Randy and Dawn Bjustrom of Algona, Iowa, Larry and Carolyn Bjustrom of Eldridge, Iowa and Ron and Angie Bjustrom of Milan, Illinois; sister, Cathy and Ryan Murphy of Algona, Iowa; father and mother-in-law, Ron and Sue Mobley of Benton, Iowa; brother-in-law, Greg and Amy Mobley of Maloy, Iowa; brother-in-law, Brian Mobley of Benton, Iowa, and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Cecil and Grace Bjustrom and William and Gladys Becker.

Services were held at the United Methodist Church in Mount Ayr, Iowa on Monday, July 30, 2013, with Pastor Bill Armstrong officiating. Musicians were Nancy Sackett, Carol Anne McCreary, Barbie Belzer, Grace Warin and Jodie Wurster.

Casket bearers included Jay Bjustrom, Tyler Bjustrom, Corey Bjustrom, Dustin Bjustrom, Dylan Bjustrom, Drew Bjustrom, Conner Bjustrom, Colby Bjustrom, Clayton Bjustrom, Noah Murphy and Collin Murphy.

Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr. 

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