Larry D. Gile, 77, of Creston, died Sunday, November 13, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.
Celebration of Life Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 16, at Powers Funeral Home 601 New York Ave. in Creston. Pastor Tony Thurston will officiate.
Flag presentation will be conducted by Theodore J. Marten's V.F.W. Post #1797 of Creston.
Private burial will be at Graceland Cemetery in Creston. Visitation with family receiving friends will be from 10:00 – 11:00 service time Wednesday at Powers Funeral Home in Creston.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Creston Dollars for Scholars or SWCC School of Music Vocations.
Online condolences may be given at www.powersfh.com
Larry Dee Gile was born on August 10, 1939, in Emporia, Kan., to Mildred Thelma (Ziegler) Gile and Erwin Walter Gile. He graduated from Emporia High School in 1957, and attended the Kansas State Teachers College, where he graduated with a degree in Business Administration followed by his Master's degree in School Psychology. Larry served his country in the United States Air Force as a Captain. He manned a Minuteman ICBM missile silo as a Deputy Combat Crew Commander for the Strategic Air Command while stationed at Malmstrom AFB.
Larry was united in marriage to Judy Kay Roberts on June 24, 1967, in Kansas City. Larry worked as a school psychologist in the Olathe, Kan school district, before moving to Marengo, Iowa, and then finally to Creston in 1972. Larry worked as the Director of Psychological Services for Area Education Agency 14 until his retirement in 1999. During his retirement, Larry continued to perform disability testing for adults and children for the state as well as the University of Iowa Child Specialty Clinic. He also was in a partnership in raising bison.
Larry was formerly an active member of the Creston United Church of Christ (Congregational), a Charter member of the Iowa Association of School Psychologists and served as a past president. Among his many awards and recognitions, he received the J.B. Stroud Award in 1981 for Iowa School Psychologist of the Year. He also helped establish the Crossroads Mental Health Center. He enjoyed golfing and reading and especially enjoyed his family.
Larry is survived by his wife Judy Gile of Creston; daughter, Audra (husband Dino) Groumoutis of Creston; son Jed (wife Kristin) Gile of Shenandoah; grandchildren, Couper and Camryn Gile; three step grandchildren, Christian, Sophia and Maria Groumoutis; a sister Janice (husband Robert) Supon of Topeka, Kan.; and sister-in-law Ann Gile of Orlando, Fla.; nieces and nephews and other family and friends.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, brother Max Gile and nephew Christopher Gile.
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