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Garold was born August 31, 1938, in Ottumwa, Iowa, alongside his twin brother Harold, to Arthur and Jean Elizabeth Canny. He grew up in Ottumwa, where he worked as a caddy and played golf during his formative years. He graduated from Ottumwa High School, then went on to Northeast Missouri State University (now named Truman State University) and received a master's degree in special education from University of Northern Iowa (UNI).
Throughout his teaching career, he extended his love of math and U.S. history to classrooms of special-needs children, teaching special education at Deep River-Millersburg, McKinley Junior High, and Kennedy High School, as well as brief stints in Minnesota and Texas.
Garold met his future wife Barbara Barker on a blind date, through a mutual acquaintance. He and Barbara married on August 13, 1966 and were soon blessed with a son Brian. They lived in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and later moved to Montgomery, Texas, in the mid-80s, where they lived for nearly 30 years. In Texas, Garold returned to the golf business. He worked at the April Sound Country Club, managing the cart barn and marshalling the course, zipping around the club’s three courses all day in his golf cart to ensure that play went smoothly, and the players stayed on time.
Garold dedicated himself fully to any job he had, from teacher to father to golf course marshal. Getting the job done and doing it right were his two guiding principles in life. In the idle time he allowed for himself, he found joy in collecting U.S. political buttons, matchbooks, and coins. He was always up for a game of cribbage or watching Hoosiers, Witness, The Jerk, or Everybody Loves Raymond. He was also a fan of the Green Bay Packers, the St. Louis Cardinals, the Houston Rockets, and, of course, any Iowa Hawkeyes team, and he was always ready to expound on his theories about why they would or would not win today.
Garold Arthur Canny passed away in Des Moines, Iowa, on September 8, 2018.
Beyond his family, he held the most affection for the two dogs in his life-first Sam and then Pistol.
He was always ready to share a joke or wry comment at work or home, and he could blend his math skills with his humor-if you asked his age, he was likely to give it in months, days, or seconds, much to the amused chagrin of many doctors and pharmacy technicians. If he gave you a nickname, you had it for life, and he loved to talk about history and particularly about Iowa-it was where he was from and it helped to define the person he was.
Garold is survived by his wife Barbara of Des Moines, Iowa; son Brian (Jennifer) Canny of Austin, Texas; brother Harold Canny of Sioux City, Iowa and his children Diane, David, Jean and Jennifer. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister-in-law Marjorie "Marge" Canny.
Memorials can be made in his honor to the Special Olympics (https://www.specialolympics.org/), the Food Bank of Iowa (http://give.foodbankiowa.org/), or the Animal Alliance Rescue of Mount Ayr (515-520-7748).
Services: 1:00 p.m. – Monday, Sept 17, 2018 – Armstrong Funeral Home - Mount Ayr
Officiant: Pastor Bill Armstrong
Open Viewing: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Sunday, Sept 16 – Armstrong Funeral Home – Mount Ayr
Family Present: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Sunday, Sept 16 – Armstrong Funeral Home – Mount Ayr
Burial: Benton Cemetery - Benton
Memorials: Special Olympics, Food Bank of Iowa, or Animal Alliance Rescue of Mount Ayr
Back in 1988 I met Garold, his wife Barbara & son Brian while living in Montgomery Texas. My memories of Garold will always remain special to me. He had a true gift of relating to people in his own unique way. I will always treasure my friendship with Garold from way back & I will miss him very much. My Love To His Family & Many Friends.
Johnny Goyen Sep 15 2018 12:00 AM
So sorry for your loss. A lovely story of his life. From the Lesan kids, who grew up down the road from the Barkers.
Sharon Lesan Sep 14 2018 12:00 AM
Mr. Canny was my favorite teacher my senior year of high school at DRM (Deep River Millersburg) in Millersburg Ia. I think it was his first teaching position(65?66) and we did our best to train him right He was a great guy.
George Williams Sep 13 2018 12:00 AM