Thief River Falls – Gary Clow, 66, of Thief River Falls, MN died suddenly on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at his residence.
Funeral service to celebrate his life will be held at 10:30 AM on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at Zion Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, MN with Rev. John Golv and Rev. Ale Tulu officiating.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN. Visitation will also be held from 9:30 AM until 10:30 AM on Thursday at Zion Lutheran Church.
Gary David Len Clow was born on March 26, 1950 in Hallock, MN the son of Johnny and Elsie (Hoffman) Clow. He was baptized and confirmed in the First Presbyterian Church in Hallock. He was raised in Orleans, MN and attended school in Lancaster, MN graduating with the class of 1968. Gary attended Northland College in Thief River Falls, MN and then went on to Bemidji State University where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Sociology and minored in Law Enforcement in 1972.
On August 31, 1970, Gary was united in marriage to Peggy Manning at Zion Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls. They were blessed with three children, Stephanie, Ryon and Janna.
While attending college, Gary worked a summer internship with the Thief River Falls Police Department. When he finished school, he managed the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in Thief River Falls and then went on to work at the Farmers Co-op Fertilizer Plant. Gary worked his way to become manager of the fertilizer plant which he did for over 20 years. In 2002, he became part owner of Quality Farm Supply in Thief River Falls. Gary loved the comradery and friendships with the QFS “Coffee Club” where often you could find him and the crew engaged in conversations about the “current events” in Thief River Falls.
Gary took pride in his home and farm which he and Peggy purchased as crop land in 1973. Together they developed it into the beautiful homestead it is today. They purchased additional land, and he and his brother, Galen enjoyed farming together for a number of years. In their spare time, Gary and Peggy enjoyed raising and showing Registered Appaloosa and Quarter horses. Gary showed and won at the Canadian Nationals, top five at the World Championship Appaloosa Show in Ft. Worth, TX, and top ten at Breeders Halter Futurity in Des Moines, IA. He also showed at numerous horse shows throughout Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa. Gary served as judge several a 4-H and Open Horse shows in the area. He was a woodworking enthusiast for his family although most often could be found repairing stalls the horses had wreaked havoc in.
Gary shared his children’s passions-Stephanie & Janna, showing horses and figure skating and with Ryon, his motocross and snowmobile racing. Gary and Peggy loved to follow the activities of their grandchildren, McCalester, Elle, Chloee, Hayden & Kiera, and their “adopted” grandchildren, Mason & Brynn. He spent countless hours leading a horse with a grandchild aboard while helping them learn the art of riding.
He was a member of Appaloosa Horse Club, American Quarter Horse Association, Red River Valley International Appaloosa Horse Club, and served on the North Township Board.
Survivors include his loving wife of 45 years, Peggy of Thief River Falls; children, Stephanie (Keith) Faus of Lake Park, MN, Ryon Clow of Aurora, CO, and Janna Clow of Parker, CO; grandchildren, McCalester, Elle, Chloee, Hayden & Kiera; “adopted” grandchildren, Mason & Brynn; brothers, Galen (Cindy) Clow of Thief River Falls and Allen (Cindy) Clow of Lancaster, MN; and several aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his niece, Krista Suronen-Voeller, and several special horses.