In Memory of Gary A. Harter

Gary A. Harter
Gary A. Harter
Born: July 23, 1938
Died: October 25, 2020
Age: 82
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Gary A. Harter
July 23, 1938 - October 25, 2020
From: Ida Grove, IA

Gary A. Harter, age 82, of Ida Grove, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, October 25, 2020, at the Horn Memorial Hospital of Ida Grove, Iowa

Per Gary’s wishes cremation has taken place and no services will be held at this time.  An event will be held in honor of Gary’s life on Saturday, July 24, 2021, at the Ida Grove Golf & Country Club of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa, is in charge of the funeral arrangements.  Condolences may be sent online at

In lieu of flowers or plants, please consider a donation to the Iowa Donor Network and Team Iowa in honor of Gary.

Gary A. Harter, age 82 of Ida Grove, Iowa finally hit his long sought after hole-in-one on October 25, 2020, and will, without a doubt, forever be playing golf in his eternal life.

Gary was born July 23, 1938, to Guy and Eloise (Erixon) Harter at home in Harrison County, Iowa. Growing up in the Loess Hills with his extended Harter and Erixon families provided many happy memories and life lessons of hard work and simple pleasures. Gary’s early education was in Country School. He graduated from Pisgah High School in 1956 where he excelled in baseball and basketball. He went on to play both sports while attending Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, Iowa where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1960. He furthered his education with graduate courses at Loras College.

Gary was married to Krystal Martin, they were the parents of Kevin Lee, Craig Martin and Jill Anna. On February 10, 1978, Gary married the love of his life, Jayne (Lashier) Kollbaum and added Todd Edward and Heidi Marie to the family. Their union was blessed with the birth of Sara Jayne. Gary’s family was his pride and joy. Never one to miss a game, recital or event for his kids and grandkids, Gary could always be found cheering them on.

Gary’s career path was always centered on helping people, one of his greatest passions. From 1960-1963 he was a high school teacher and coach in Urbana, Iowa. He then taught, coached and became high school principal in Lost Nation, Iowa from 1963-1969. In 1969 he moved to Ida Grove, Iowa and was the high school principal. Gary owned and operated Harter’s Sporting Goods in Ida Grove from 1970-1971. In 1971 Gary became the administrator of Morningside Care Center where he served for 37 years before retiring in 2008. During that time he acted as adjunct instructor in the long term care administration program at Des Moines Area Community College and also mentored numerous administrators in training. From 2008 – 2015 he provided long term care consulting and served as interim administrator in several facilities. He was very proud to be a member of the Lantis Enterprises Board of Directors for many years.

Gary was proud to call Ida Grove home and was very active in the community which he loved so dearly. He was a faithful member of First United Methodist Church.  He served in numerous capacities in Jaycees, Kiwanis and the Ida Grove Golf and Country Club. He was very proud to establish the Iowa/Iowa State Bash along with his friend Paul Larson of Holstein. The Bash (2007-2014) raised thousands of dollars for the Youth Sports Programs of Ida County. He truly appreciated the life-long friends he made living in Ida Grove.

Always one to defy the odds, Gary was given a second chance at life through kidney donation on January 27, 1995 and we are forever grateful to his sister, Patti, for that gift. After experiencing his donation he was a proud member of Team Iowa in the 2004 U.S. Transplant Games in Minneapolis. He participated in the golf events and the gold-medal winning three-on-three basketball team.

Gary lived life to the fullest with a passion for his family, friends and community. He was a steadfast Iowa Hawkeye and St. Louis Cardinal fan, loved playing golf and cards with his buddies and never met a stranger.

While people love to send flowers or plants during this time, Gary would argue that donating to a worthy cause is much more productive. Gary had a full, wonderful life and was the first to lend a hand to those who were not as fortunate. In lieu of flowers or plants, please consider a donation to the Iowa Donor Network and Team Iowa to honor Gary’s request.

Gary is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Jayne; his children Kevin Harter (Jangir Sultan) of New York, New York, Craig (Sara) Harter of Park Ridge, Illinois, Jill (Bradd) Schulke of Cedar Crest, New Mexico, Todd (Angela) Kollbaum of Madison, Nebraska, Heidi (Bart) Nieuwenhuis of Sierra Vista, Arizona and Sara Faas (Mike Thorson) of Minneapolis, Minnesota; grandchildren Alexander Harter-Sultan, Jake Harter-Sultan, Olivia Harter, William Harter, Arana Schulke, Zachary (Clarissa) Kollbaum, Jordan (Steph Jane) Kollbaum, Emily (Dylan) Woodall, Ryan Kollbaum, Abigail Kollbaum, Tyler (Kenzie) Collins, Tiana (Jon) Skaggs, Bryant (Deva) Nieuwenhuis, Oscar Faas and Greta Thorson; great-grandchildren Calvin Kollbaum, Elliot Kollbaum, Theodore Kollbaum, Mackenzie Nieuwenhuis, Olivia Nieuwenhuis and Steel Collins; his brothers Harlan Harter of Omaha, Nebraska, Wrex (Mary) Harter of Omaha, Nebraska, Mike (Marla) Harter of Fairbank, Iowa and his sister Patti (Mike) Crozier of Plano, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents Guy and Eloise Harter; and brother Leo Harter.


July 24, 2021
Ida Grove Golf & Country Club
Ida Grove, Iowa
Details at a later date


Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 10:05 AM
“So many fond memories of Gary and the family. My prayers are with you all. Gary made a huge impact of so many people of all ages in Ida Grove. Thank God for the blessing of Gary.”
- Lue Baker
Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 2:52 PM
“Gary was the boys' coach and then principal at Lost Nation High School (Iowa) in the 1960's. He was a man of humor, intelligence, and fairness, and our class of 1969 was delighted to see both him and his wife, Jayne, at our 50th high school reunion in July, 2019. He will be strongly missed and fondly remembered. Condolences and prayers to Jayne and the entire family, as well as to all whose lives he touched during his time with us.”
- Sydney (Christensen) Bush
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 1:52 PM
“Jayne and family,
I remember Gary very fondly. He took a great interest in me and from the obituary it appears I wasn’t the only one. You two were a great influence on me when I spent those summers mowing that infernal hill behind Morningside Manor. He never let me slack-good training for the future. I saw through both of you how to truly care for your residents. My condolences to the whole family”
- John Chase
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 1:52 PM
“Ann and I have fond memories of the Harters. Gary was so enjoyable to see and visit with even if it had been years since we last saw each other. We have fond memories of when Gary and Jayne lived across from Hauschildts and we visited back and forth when Ann and I were first married and visiting her parents. He will always be remembered by us for his kind heart and friendship. He will be missed by all who knew him.”
- Kent and Ann Taylor
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 1:52 PM
“Sorry to hear about Gary our condolences Kenny & Anne Thornhill”
- Kenny & Anne Thornhiill
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 1:52 PM
“We are so very sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. Our hearts break for the loss but we know we will meet again. Love and prayers to you, Jayne and your wonderful family. ”
- Korey and Krystal Van Wyhe
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 1:52 PM
“Sending our prayers for the family’s comfort and support in this difficult time. May your memories and the love Gary had for his family and friends be the support needed for now and the future.”
- Sheila and Jerry Busch
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 1:52 PM
“Jayne and family- We are sending our sincere condolences for the loss of Gary. He was truly a great person. Our prayers are coming your way! He was always so positive! ”
- Dan & Becky Napierala
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 10:32 AM
“Jayne and All of the Harter Family. Our Thoughts and Prayers are with your Family. Douglas and I have memories of Gary when we grew up in Pisgah Iowa. Pisgah was a small little community and everyone knew almost everyone in the area so felt we new Gary’s family and all. He was in sports with Douglas so he had Memories too. Love to All, Genevieve”
- Genevieve Griffith Wallis
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 10:32 AM
“I’m saddened to hear of Gary’s passing. He was such a sweet man and always had a smile on his face. It was a pleasure to have known him. My prayers and sympathies go out to his wife and the rest of his family. He will he missed dearly. ”
- Marinna Van Houten
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 10:32 AM
“We are so sorry to hear about Gary. Sending thoughts and prayers to you family.”
- Deb Freese Braverman & Carole Freese
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 10:32 AM
“Our deepest sympathy to all of Gary's family and friends he will be greatly missed but he is at a better place where there is no pain or worries He is one of kind Firm yet Gentle man R I P Gary

- Wayne and Ina Mae Bliesmann
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 10:32 AM
“I am really sorry for your loss. Your dad and husband was a great man. ”
- Matthew T Napierala
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 10:32 AM
“Jayne and family,
I was so sorry to hear of Gary's passing. Please know that my prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. Remember all the good times, and know that he is now resting in God's arms.
Marilyn Fields”
- Marilyn Fields
Monday, October 26, 2020 at 3:14 PM
“I am so sorry to hear of Gary’s death. I considered him kind of a mentor to me when I was in nursing home administration. I enjoyed visiting with him about mutual friends that we had in the business. And of course talking “Hawkeyes” with him. He will be missed. In him you knew you had a friend. My condolences, to you Jayne, and to all of your family. May he rest in God’s sweet peace.”
- Chris Schable
Monday, October 26, 2020 at 3:14 PM
“My sympathy to you and your family. Sorry for your loss ”
- Dolores Williams
Monday, October 26, 2020 at 1:57 PM
“Dear Jayne and family,
My sincere condolences to you in the death of Gary! It was a struggle, but your comfort is in knowing he is resting in our Heavenly Father’s arms. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you! Joan”
- Joan K. Petersen
Monday, October 26, 2020 at 1:57 PM
“To the Harter family. Sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed time with Gary. Either at the golf course, talking sports, especially Cyclones vs Hawkeyes. Or just having a good visit about athletics in general. Gary will be missed. You have my sympathy.”
- Byron Hartwig
Monday, October 26, 2020 at 1:57 PM
“To the entire Harter family I send you this message with a heavy heart. Gary can be summed up in two words. THE BEST. He was just a great guy. Even though it’s been 30 years since we lived in Ida Grove, you’d never know with how he treated me each and every time he saw me. Everyone loved Gary. Ida Grove lost a good one. May God bless your family and give you comfort in this time of sadness. But smile knowing Gary impacted a lot of people in a very good way. I know he was a great husband, dad, and grandfather. Not many people have a guy like Gary in their family, so consider yourself blessed. RIP Gary.”
- Dave Hultgren
Monday, October 26, 2020 at 1:56 PM
“My heart is sadden to hear of the loss of your best friend / father. Gray was always one of the nicest individuals. Keeping you and the family in my prayers. ”
- Carol Renfro
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