Gary Lee Mousel
November 2, 1941 – September 30, 2020
Gary Lee Mousel was born on November 2, 1941 in Hastings, Nebraska to Loretta and Victor Mousel. He died on September 30, 2020 due to various complications including kidney and congenital heart disease. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Janice Mousel, and his daughter, Jill Mousel. He is survived by his wife, Rhonda Mousel; his daughter, Sr. Lynn Mousel, M.D.; his stepdaughter, Michell Houseton (husband Matt); and his son, Douglas Mousel (wife Connie); and two grandchildren, Anna Mousel and Donovan Mousel.
The oldest of four children and big brother to Vicki, Karen, and Jeanne, Gary “Moose” graduated from Saint Cecilia Catholic High School in 1959 and from Hastings College with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1964. He married Janice Rowley in 1967. His Army Reserve Unit was activated following the Pueblo Crisis. After serving in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968, Gary was awarded a Bronze Star for exceptionally meritorious service while serving with the 172nd Transportation Company, 1st Logistical Command. Gary and Janice had three children, but they lost their youngest daughter to meningitis at the age of eight months. He was employed by Mutual of Omaha as a Group Insurance Underwriter for 37 years. Gary tragically lost Janice to cancer at the age of 46 in 1990. After a chance meeting at a Kenny G concert, he then pursued and married Rhonda Briggs in 1998.
Gary was a longtime parishioner of Holy Cross Catholic Church. Besides being a fixture at Sunday mass, he and his longtime friend, Marty Callaghan, regularly attended mass on Saturday mornings followed by breakfast at the local Hy-Vee. He enjoyed traveling with family and friends. In addition to taking dozens of trips to the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico, Gary’s travel destinations included Jamaica, Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands, Machu Picchu in Peru, Cuba, and various beaches. Byron Augustin, Gary’s friend since college, was his travel companion on a vast majority of these adventures. Gary was a college football fan and could be found on Saturdays in the fall on the couch in front of the TV rooting for the Huskers and anyone playing against the Hawkeyes.
Gary was a generous, loyal, kind, loving man. Even during his final days in the ICU, he was graciously thanking the nurses and hospital staff for the care that they provided to him.
In lieu of flowers, Gary’s family favors donations to the Casa Hogar Elim orphanage in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. Checks should be made payable to “Preston Trail Community Church – Casa Hogar Fund” and sent to Preston Trail Community Church in 8055 Independence Parkway, Frisco, Texas, 75035.
VISITATION following CDC guidelines: Sunday, October 4th from 3pm to 5pm, at the West Center Chapel followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 5pm. SERVICES: Monday, October 5th, 10am, West Center Chapel to Holy Cross Catholic Church (4810 Woolworth Ave.) for MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL at 10:30am. INTERMENT: Calvary Cemetery with military honors.
To view a live broadcast of the Vigil, Mass and Graveside Services, go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Service” button on the homepage.