In loving memory of

Gary Edward Mohl
October 8, 1938 - August 11, 2022

Gary E. Mohl, 83, of Clinton, Iowa, and formerly of Maquoketa and Lost Nation, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 11, 2022, at the Alverno Healthcare Facility in Clinton, Iowa.

A celebration of his life will be held at 10 A.M., Wednesday, August 17, 2022, at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 16, 2022, from 4 to 7 P.M. at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Lost Nation, Iowa Cemetery.

Gary Edward Mohl was born on October 8, 1938 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Edward Chris and Marie Isabel (Smith) Mohl. He was a 1956 graduate of Lost Nation High School. He received his Bachelor's Degree in 1960 from the Iowa State Teacher's College (now UNI) in Cedar Falls, and later his Master's Degree in Administration from the University of Iowa.

Gary married Alice Mae Crosthwaite on November 30, 1957 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lost Nation. Four children were born to this union, Gregg, Brenda, Mark, and Jody.

Gary was a teacher, coach, principal and mentor to students in Avoca, Lewis Central in Council Bluffs, Davenport West, Lost Nation,
Danville, Calamus-Wheatland, and Midland of Wyoming. Throughout his educational career he had taught science and drivers education, and coached basketball, and football. He had served as the Principal in Lost Nation, Danville, Calamus-Wheatland and lastly Midland of Wyoming, retiring in 2000.

Gary was a member of First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. He enjoyed camping, traveling, reading the newspaper, and attending his children and grandchildren's activities.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Alice Mohl of Clinton, IA; children, Gregg (Rhonda) Mohl of Clinton, IA, Brenda (Kent) Snyder of Belleville, IL, Mark (Shelly) Mohl of Osage, IA, and Jody (Brian) James of Anamosa, IA; 9 grandchildren, Megan Mohl, Courtney Mohl, Amanda (Alex) Bigley, Joshua (Kylie) Snyder, Cameron James, Dylan James, Cassidy (Trevor) Molitor, Mariah James, and McKenzie Mohl; and 5 great-grandchildren, Lydia, Finnegan, Wyatt, Nora, and Adalynn. He was preceded in death by his parents, and sisters Cheryl Wurster and Joan Clapp.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Gary E. Mohl memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left at


Caroline Keller Williams wrote on Sep 26, 2022:

"Alice, I have fond memories of you and Gary in Lost Nation School. Gary was a great leader and mentor. It was my joy to know you both. Love and God's blessings to you and your family. "

Steve Maaske wrote on Aug 28, 2022:

"To Mohl Family, I want you to know how sad Char and I were to learn of Gary's passing. He was an excellent person and the best principal I ever taught under. I wish we had been around for the funeral as we would of liked to express our condolences to you in person. I had several good stories about Gary that I would of loved to share with your family. Many students and teachers benefited from his leadership, and we all continue our lives with the things he taught us. So sorry for your loss."

Maureen Fletcher wrote on Aug 19, 2022:

"My sincere sympathy to the Mohl family on the loss of your husband, father, and grandfather. I worked with Gary at Calamus-Wheatland and had the pleasure of teaching Jody at Lost Nation. I will always remember Gary for his genuine kindness to his staff and to his students. Rest In Peace, Gary! Maureen Fletcher"

De Ann McIntyre wrote on Aug 17, 2022:

"Such a Great Man who was kindhearted and shared his happiness. Sending prayers for his family during this time. You have my deepest sympathy."

Bev Slager wrote on Aug 17, 2022:

"I am so sad to learn of Gary?s passing. I was the Jones County Juvenile Court Officer when Gary was the Principal at Midland High School. He was always welcoming to me and wonderful to work with in our efforts to help juveniles. He had a great sense of humor and we always had so many laughs. The students and staff were blessed to have him as their leader. Please accept my sympathies and be comforted in being reminded of all the good he did as an educator. Bev Slager Cedar Rapids, Iowa"

Brenda Vacek wrote on Aug 16, 2022:

"So many memories of working with Gary on school issues. But I'm most thankful that we came to be friends in the last several years. To look out on a Sunday morning at church and see Gary and his wife, I couldn't wait to catch up. My deepest sympathies to you all. He is free from pain and watching over you from heaven."

Bev Downey wrote on Aug 16, 2022:

"Sincere condolences to the Mohl Family. Gary shared such wisdom, honor and grace to everyone. "

Phillip & Lauri Burmeister wrote on Aug 16, 2022:

"Alice,Greg, Brenda, Mark and Jody, so sorry to hear of the loss of Gary. He did a lot for the Lost Nation community and school district. Though he is gone, his legacy will never be forgotten. You have our deepest condolences and we will be praying for your family. Phillip & Lauri Burmeister "

keith kuchel wrote on Aug 16, 2022:

"My sincere condolences."

Marvin and Gloria Jorgensen wrote on Aug 16, 2022:

"My thoughts and prayers are going out to Alice and her family. What a great loss. The many many memories will sustain you all."

Mike Marshall wrote on Aug 15, 2022:

"My condolences to the entire Mohl family. Gary was a remarkable man. I actually went to Lost Nations arch rival school, Delwood, but I roamed the halls of LN from time to time. He always was so welcoming and would stop to visit with me, often times offering words of encouragement. He truly was a great role model for students. He was a man that I surely looked up to and respected. "

Lou Ann Hoskins wrote on Aug 15, 2022:

"Dear Mohl family, I am sorry to hear of the passing of Gary. I am sorry for your loss. I was an art teacher at LNation for a short time. He was a nice man. In sincere sympathy, Lou Ann Hoskins"

Bob Cardoni wrote on Aug 15, 2022:

"Alice and all your children, I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Gary at Lost Nation in the 1970s and we remained friends; really enjoyed our conversations over the years, the most recent only a couple months ago. Yes, he was one of the best school administrators I ever worked with, but more importantly, he was a super good person...a great husband, dad, and granddad. We laughed at each other's mistakes throughout the years, and I often called Gary for advice. He mourned with me when I lost my wife; he was one of my most sincere and special friends. I will miss Gary and our talks, and I sincerely offer my condolences to all of you; you are in my prayers. Bob Cardoni"

Shawn (Soderlund) Hood wrote on Aug 15, 2022:

"Deepest sympathy and heart-felt hugs to the Mohl family from the Soderlund family -Shawn, John, Chris, Renee and Glen Otto. Jack, Ruth and Lela welcomed Gary at the pearly gates with hugs."

Judie Moore wrote on Aug 15, 2022:

"What a wonderful man! He was my Principal when attending Calamus Schools. He also served as our Driver's Ed Teacher, which meant if the school needed anything, myself and another school mate got the opportunity to "miss" a few classes(provided we were doing well in the classes) and get our hours in driving and pick up necessities for our school. Thank you Mr. Mohl, you were always encouraging and supportive!"

Marcy Olson wrote on Aug 15, 2022:

"Sorry for your loss? He was a great guy?"

Robin Marlowe wrote on Aug 14, 2022:

"Deepest sympathy to the Mohl family "

Darrell & IdaMae Ketelsen wrote on Aug 14, 2022:

"Alice & your family, deepest sympathy to losing your Gary, remembering the two of you as awesome couple, & Gary playing basketball with compassion in Lost Nation..peace & comfort in your loss. Darrell & IdaMae Ketelsen Ankeny, IA"

Angie Currie-Zapata wrote on Aug 14, 2022:

"Mr. Mohl was my first principal at Calamus-Wheatland & took time & care to help me adjust to my new school after moving there from Maquoketa in 7th grade. He was somebody you could trust, like, & respect, & he was funny too. Condolences to his family ??????"

Carol Knudtson wrote on Aug 14, 2022:

"Alice, you and your family have our sympathy Gary was a great friend and co-worker to Everett. You are all in our prayers!"

Dan Dickman wrote on Aug 14, 2022:

"Alice and family - So sorry to hear about Gary. He was a great guy. I knew him first as the athletic hero that us younger guys looked up to as an example. Later on, I knew him as an administrator that I had the pleasure of working with and as a friend. Sending prayers your way."

Cindy Danels wrote on Aug 13, 2022:

"Alice and family, So sorry to hear of Gary's passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers. "

Judith Farrell wrote on Aug 13, 2022:

"Dear Alice and Family, Please accept my Condolences on Gary's death, I am remembering a young man who was kind, friendly, and thoughtful of others. It is wonderful to hear that he had such an influence on children . "

Ronald Bickford wrote on Aug 13, 2022:

"Sorry to hear of Gary's passing. We have many fond memories of Gary. I considered Gary a great friend and a person who would always have your back. I enjoyed Gary as our principal at Danville. He was an excellent school administrator who had excellent communications with staff, parents and student. Was truly an asset as a person and administrator. Gary will be missed."

Kim Goble wrote on Aug 13, 2022:

"Alice and family was sad to hear Gary passed away. Sure did like that man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Sonny and Kim Goble"

Jason Earles wrote on Aug 13, 2022:

"Love you Uncle Gary. You will be greatly missed."

Rita Butlett wrote on Aug 13, 2022:

"So sorry to hear this. Gary was one of the best administrators I had the opportunity to work with. He truly cared about students! He took the time to stop and visit with me when I took a position in a different district after Midland. Sending prayers for his family during this time. You have my deepest sympathy."

Trish Burnett wrote on Aug 13, 2022:

"We are so sorry to learn of Gary?s passing. He was kind and funny and I had so many great childhood memories of time spent at your home in Lost Nation. Peace and love to the Mohl family as you mourn the loss and celebrate a life well lived. Trish and Byron Burnett"

Michelle wrote on Aug 13, 2022:

"My deepest sympathy to the entire aMohl family. Gary was the first principal I had the honor of working for. He was the hardest working of them all. He taught me a great deal and for that I will forever be grateful. Keeping you all in my prayers. ~ Michelle Hansen"

Joe Keitel wrote on Aug 12, 2022:

"My sincere condolences and prayers. Gary was a true gentleman, educator and friend to all. He put all the students at ease so it was not a bad thing, but enjoyable to go see Mr. Mohl in the office. His athletic ability was passed on to all his kids, but more importantly his virtues, integrity and standards are carried on by his family. I always looked forward to running into Gary and Alice at the NIACC basketball games and chatting and catching up with them. May God grant you all peace, love and care during this time. Joe Keitel"