Gary Kohoutek, 71

Gary L. Kohoutek, age 71, of New Prague, died unexpectedly at his home on Thursday, November 4, 2021. Gary was born on July 3, 1950 in New Prague to Walter W. and Georgean (Pauly) Kohoutek. He attended St. Wenceslaus School and graduated from New Prague High School. Gary met and married the love of his life, Judy A. Mahowald in Minneapolis on November 8, 1968. Settling in New Prague, Gary, opened New Prague Auto Repair, which he currently owned and operated along with Judy. He was known for his honesty and integrity in business and met each customer with a welcome, his signature grin and possibly a joke. He was always caring and kind and went the extra mile in both his business life and his personal life. He had a fun streak and loved to tease. Known as a practical joker, everyone was fair game for his antics. For example, one learned early on that you never let Gary mix your drinks – it only took a first time with the drink either too strong or consisting of only water and mix! He was the life of the party at the numerous close-knit family gatherings, sneaking in a joke despite everyone watching for it. He loved spending time with family and the many excursions to the cabin, where he passed on his love of fishing, teaching all the kids to fish, and doling out generous pontoon rides. Gary will be sorely missed by his loving family and numerous friends.

Gary is survived by his wife of nearly 53 years, Judy of New Prague; children, Chris (Beth) Kohoutek of Fountain Hills, AZ and Heather Kohoutek of Mesa, AZ; grandchildren, Mia, Zoe, & Mason; siblings, Sue Prochaska of New Prague, Margo (Tom) Young of New Prague, Nancy Martin of Prior Lake, Dan (Gail) Kohoutek of Waterville; sister-in-law, Trish Greenleaf of New Prague; brothers-in-law, Jim (Patti) Mahowald of New Prague and Rob (Carol) Mahowald of Coon Rapids. He is preceded in death by his son, Jeff; his parents.

Private family services to be held.



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