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Gary Dean Staples

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Gary Dean Staples

Gary Dean Staples, 83, was born on June 6, 1930, in Slayton, MN, the son of Ernest and Jennie (Atkins) Staples. He attended rural school near Slayton. Gary helped area farmers before joining the military, where he served his country in the Korean Conflict from 1949 to 1952. Gary married Mary Cruit on June 14, 1954 and they were later divorced. He worked at Campbell Soup Company in Worthington for 38 years, retiring in 1992. Many people may remember seeing him riding his moped around town. Gary enjoyed working in his yard and garden and spending time at the farms of Renee and Ray and helping when he could. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren and watching the Twins and Vikings. Gary died on Tuesday, September 3, 2013, at the Sanford Worthington Medical Center in Worthington, MN.

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Gary is survived by his children, Rick (Richele Newkirk) Staples of Worthington, MN, Ron (Jane) Staples of Mankato, MN, Renee (Stan) Heidebrink of Rushmore, MN, Ray (Barb) Staples of Worthington, MN, Rita (Dave) Paquette of Minneapolis, MN, and Sarah Staples with friend, Drew of Ogilvie, MN; grandchildren, Kristin, Nick, Mitch, Travis, Adam, Meghan, Amanda, and Brandon; great grandchildren, Devin and Brenna, and sister Phyllis Hubner of Avon, SD. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Dale and Jim Staples.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 5, 2013, at 10:30 a.m., at the Benson Funeral Home Chapel in Worthington, MN, with Deacon Vern Behrends officiating. Private family burial will be held prior to the service at the Worthington Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Benson Funeral Home in Worthington is in charge of the arrangements.

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