Gary "Allen" Mauro, age 44, of Norwalk, died Tuesday evening, February 18, 2020.
Visitation 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, March 2nd at O'Leary Funeral Services in Norwalk. Celebration of Life Services will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 3rd at Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church, 314 East Army Post Road in Des Moines. Burial will follow services in Sunset Cemetery. A luncheon will be served immediately following burial at Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church.
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Allen's Life Story & Tribute Video
Gary “Allen” Mauro, the first of five children born to Cynthia Marie (Portwood) Mauro and Robert Mauro, was born on May 23, 1975, in Des Moines, Iowa. He lived on the southside of Des Moines attending school at Jackson and Park Avenue Elementary Schools. His family moved to Norwalk in 1983; where he graduated from Norwalk High School in 1993. During school he played little league baseball and basketball for Norwalk. Allen then continued his studies at Des Moines Area Community College where he earned his Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) including hazmat tanker endorsements. He was a commercial over-the-road truck driver, and then became a commercial cement truck driver.
Allen, affectionately known as “Big Al” to family and friends, was blessed with four children whom he loved dearly (two boys and two girls), Slater Allen (16), Breelie Iola (14), Rocco Jaxson Paul (10), and Lilyann Marie (8). With his children he enjoyed hiking, fishing, nature camping, and attending their sporting and school activities. Most recently he was teaching his son, Rocco how to play the guitar. Allen and his kids also enjoyed watching WWE wrestling together as a family. In addition to his children, Allen loved his mom, brothers, sisters, grandma, dad and extended family. His family meant the world to him.
Big Al enjoyed playing his six-string acoustic and electric guitars and riding his Iowa manufactured Victory Kingpin ape hanger handlebared motorcycle. He was an avid Dallas Cowboys and Iowa Hawkeye Football Fan and received a black belt in Taekwondo. Most recently he was learning to speak Norwegian. Allen loved to read his bible and was a member of Glad Tiding Assembly of God Church.
He is survived by his four children, Slater, Bree, Rocco, and Lily; his parents Cindy Mauro and Bob Mauro both of Norwalk; a maternal grandmother, Ellenora Portwood of Des Moines; his paternal grandparents, Frank and Cora Bell Mauro of Des Moines; his four siblings, Robert “Bobby” Mauro II (his wife, Heather and their children, Jackson and Lucy), Adam Mauro, Cynthia Mauro, and Heidi (Alex) Berndt; and a host of other family and friends. Preceding him in death was his maternal grandfather, Jackson Rodgers Portwood in 2010.
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