55 years ago

Manning Pool Opens June 10, 1966
Manning's Municipal Swimming Pool will open Friday, June 10, with Gary Molzen as manager. He will be assisted by William G. Ohde, and Jim Fink, who will be in charge of swimming teams.
Guards at the pool will be JoAnn Peters, Peggy Puck, Kathy Olsen, and Kate Hennessey, who will supervise swimming lessons. There will be three sessions of Red Cross swimming lessons, of two weeks' duration; June 20 - July 1; July 11 - July 22; and July 25 - August 6. Children must be at least six years of age to take lessons. Charge is 25 cents per lesson.
Charge for adult swimming is 50 cents; high school, 35 cents; age 12 and under, 20 cents. Family tickets are $15.00; and individual tickets, $8.00.


Does anyone know if Gary Molzen is living - where he is now?

As I feared, Gary has passed away and thanks to Ann (Voge) who is an intrepid researcher and digs around the Internet for me to answer a lot of my questions I pose, below is his obituary...

This is the only picture I have of Gary but I know that more of his Manning students will have other pictures - hopefully they will contact me so I can get them to scan and add to the Manning Historical Database that our teachers are a part of, too...

Back: Coach Gary Molzen, Sydney "Skip" Schrum, Curt Stribe, Greg Schultz, Brad Zubrod, Lonny Hargens, Mike Stangl, Coach Duane Boersma
Fourth: Mark Siepker, Brian Peters, Dean Lorenzen, Doug Hargens, Dean Martens, Craig Moeller, Kevin Struve, Jim Kunkel
Third: Randy Lohmeier, Lonnie Jensen, Doug Mohr, Mike Bilsten, John Heinicke, Tom Wurr, Ron Willenborg, Scott Renze
Second: Bill Croghan, Al Grimm, Vernon Hansen, Dick Hornberger, Dan Weis, Joe Odendahl, Denny Reischl
Front: manager Jeffrey Moore? , Tom Hargens, Kent Rutz, Don Rowedder, Dave Irlmeier, Tom Doyel, Greg Blum, Steve Olsen - manager
7th & 8th grade fall of 1966 on south end of old football field south of Highway 141.

Gary Molzen

Gary Molzen, 75, died peacefully at home in Gold Canyon, Arizona, on November 12, 2018, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Gary was born December 26, 1942, in Elk Point, South Dakota, to John and Edith Molzen, the youngest of 3 boys. His father passed away when Gary was 6 months old. The boys learned the importance of hard work, at a young age (7th grade), by working at the local grocery store.

Gary graduated from Elk Point High School in 1960 and married his high school sweetheart, Geneva. In 1965, Gary graduated from the University of South Dakota with a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education. He earned his MBA in Counseling from Mankato State University in 1975. He spent the first 12 years of his career teaching in Manning, Iowa, and Jackson, Minnesota, before relocating to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in 1977, to pursue a career in Real Estate. He was one of the original partners of Ameri/Star Real Estate, Inc. His successful Real Estate career spanned 38 years.

Having a strong faith and desire to give back, Gary was involved in many community projects for which he cared deeply - especially important to him was the Sioux Empire Housing Partnership where he served on the board for 8 years and was president for 2. He was also involved in many other boards and nonprofit organizations. Gary was always available to help others without being asked. Being a true Norwegian, Gary loved lefse and lutefisk dinners, much to the dismay of most of his family.

His faith and family were truly his greatest passions. Gary will be deeply missed by his beloved wife Geneva of 58 years, three daughters; Kim Mulhausen (Michael) of Newhall, California; Jody Anderson (Kurt) of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; and Jill Biegler (Erik) of Erie, Colorado. They were blessed with five grandchildren: Andrew and Emily Mulhausen; Taye and Elle Anderson; and Alexandria Biegler. Their Papa was their biggest hero. Gary is survived by his brothers Ronnie Molzen (Sharon) and Colin Molzen (Cindy) and many beloved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, half-brother Eldon Molzen and half-sister Joyce Peck.

Please join his family in celebrating Gary's life on Saturday, December 29, 2018, at 11:00 A.M. at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, Gold Canyon, Arizona.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorials be made in Gary's name to The American Cancer Society or the charity of your choice.


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