Gail Lee Tansey

Feb 4, 2018
Tansey Gail obit


10:30 AM on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Grace Baptist Church: 3820 Hammond Ave, Waterloo


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Friday, February 9 at Kearns Funeral Service


Memorial Park Cemetery


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Vanishing White Matter Research at


Gail Lee Tansey, 85, of Cedar Falls and formerly of Evansdale, died at Martin Health Center of Western Home Community on Sunday, February 4, 2018 of natural causes. 

He was born on December 21, 1932 in Alden, MN; the son of Lee E. & Ruth (Reed) Tansey. Gail attended Waterloo East High School. 

He married Virginia Naomi Feller on June 13, 1952 in Evansdale; she preceded him in death on July 11, 2007.
Gail worked as a machinist for John Deere & Co., he retired in 1972; he had also farmed for many years.

He was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Waterloo, where he was very involved in general maintenance and upkeep. He was also a member of UAW Local 838 and Good Sam’s Camping Club. Gail’s faith in Christ came first. He enjoyed gardening, camping, and loved to play jokes. Gail was the recipient of the Governor’s Volunteer Award. 
Survivors include two sons, Randall (Phyllis) Tansey of Brandon, IA and Richard (Julie) Tansey of Waterloo, IA; three daughters, Christine (Timothy) Johnson of Wasilla, AK, Cynthia (Scott) Mealhow of Jesup, and Colleen (Neil) Walvatne of Waterloo; 16 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren and two more on the way; and three great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; two sisters, Margaret Danielson and Beverly Smock-Witt, and a brother, David Tansey

The family would like to thank Gail’s Western Home family for their love and care over the past 16 years. 


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  1. Sandi drees | Feb 06, 2018
    I will always remember fail and Virginia. Such sweet people..gail was always a practical joker. Will miss him
  2. Lynn and Barb Conner | Feb 06, 2018
    It was a pleasure to know your dad.  We have many good memories with all of your family. We feel sad along with you, yet know you have comfort in the assurance of his joyful presence with the Lord.

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