Tracy Gugger

  • Born: August 28, 1964
  • Died: November 25, 2019
  • Location: Ankeny, Iowa

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4208 North Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023
Tel. (515) 964-0592

Tribute & Message From The Family

Tracy Wade Gugger, 55, Ankeny, Iowa, died Monday, November 25, 2019 from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle accident in rural Polk County, Iowa. He was born August 28, 1964, at Clarion, Iowa, to parents Richard F. and Patricia S. Gugger. He attended Boone Valley elementary school and graduated from BVHS in 1983. When he was a junior, he signed papers to join the US Navy upon graduation. He served with the Naval Airwing for 20 years. While in the Navy, he completed numerous educational courses, and also earned an associate degree from Vincennes University. Upon completing this career, he was employed by Northrup Grumman, a military contractor. After marriage, he became the father of Hayley Mica and Sydney Lien while living in Virginia Beach, VA. When the children were very young, the family moved back to Ankeny to be near his sister and his parents while raising the babies. Soon he became a single father and found that raising two little girls alone was challenging. At the time of his death, he was employed as a school bus driver so that his work schedule coincided with the girls' school schedule. The girls rode his routes with him.

Tracy was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Fritz and Louise Gugger, Renwick, Iowa and his maternal grandparents, Don and Lorna McQuatters, Northwood, Iowa, his father Richard Gugger, and his beloved Molly Brown Dog.

He is survived by his daughters, Hayley and Sydney, mother Pat Gugger, sister and brother in law Tricia and Pat Childress, all of Ankeny. Other survivors include his Uncle Mike McQuatters of Eldon, MO, 5 nieces and their families, Syd and Hayley's grandparents Jay and Carol McIsaac, Escondido, CA and Robert and Shirley Smyth, Brawley, CA, and many more relatives and good friends. from school, the Navy, employment, and neighbors all over the United states.

Visitation will be held at 1:30 PM with Funeral starting at 2:30 PM Monday, December 2, 2019 at Ankeny First United Methodist Church 206 SW Walnut Street, Ankeny, Iowa. There will be a reception at the church immediately following the service.

Inurnment will be at Vernon Cemetery, Renwick, Iowa at a later date.


Condolence & Memory Journal

A great friend for over 30 years. Served in our first command in the Navy at Miramar and stayed friends ever since. Just a great guy who will be missed by countless friends. Fair winds and following seas shipmate.

Posted by Dennis Staggs - Iowa Park, TX - Friend   December 12, 2019


Rest in peace. You will be missed. It was a pleasure working with you and seeing that smile that always made me smile!! Gone too soon.

Posted by Andre Farmer - Sanford, NC - friend   December 09, 2019

To all his special friends,
I first met Tracy in 1987 on my first deployment while just beginning to figure things out as a new F-14 technician. Little did I know it would be a time and challenged tested career we would share. Literally impossible to encapsulate ALL we shared and experienced. Sooo many great times, great laughs, insurmountable human demands put before us. And yet, one thing was certain, when it involved Tracy, there was NO quitting. I would never became the sailor I wanted to become without his words of deep belief in integrity, pride, loyalty and professionalism. This he learned from his wonderful parents whom I had the pleasure of meeting on more than one occasion. The Navy was that much much better with him serving. We, as his friends, were that much better people because of him. I shall miss him beyond words. Rest In Peace, Trace. My Shipmate, My Friend.

Posted by Richard Henry - Oceanside, CA - Served in the Military together   December 04, 2019

Mother Pat,
I am just now receiving this tragic news. I'm bawling my eyes out in disbelief and hurt so bad. While grieving for you I am totally shattered for my own part! Tracy was so much more than a friend. I would never have learned the meaning of integrity, loyalty, and professionalism if wasn't for him. I could never, ever equalled these qualities if I lived to be a million! I am so proud to have been his friend and felt special attachment to you and all your family. He made that possible. I will miss him sooo very much.

Posted by Richard Henry - Oceanside, CA - Served in the Military together   December 04, 2019

Tracy and I crossed paths in the Navy at VF-2 at NAS Oceana, Virginia Beach, VA in 1997. He was always respected by all as a consummate professional, both as a technician and as a leader. He had a big and positive influence on those that he lead and those that he served with. He always left a big pair of shoes to fill when he transferred to another activity.

He LOVED his Mustang!!!! :) And he loved going 'back home' to the Connie and San Diego when we deployed. Juan Bertos deep fried carne asada always dominated the menu on our returns!!

I'm saddened to learn of his loss, and all my thoughts and prayers are for his family in this, their time of need.

Posted by Thomas Keith - Virginia Beach, VA - Coworker   December 04, 2019

Tracy will be missed. We texted each other at least once a month just to catch up after he left RACOM. We had tried so hard to get time to go for a motorcycle ride and we just couldn't line it up. Sad that I will never get to go for that ride with my friend.... Miss our conversations buddy. Gods Speed to you!!!

Posted by Bill Snyder - DES MOINES, IA - Friend   December 02, 2019

I have so many fond memories of Tracy. I was sickened when I read of his passing. A life cut tragically short. My deepest condolences to his entire family. May you keep his memory dear to your hearts.

Posted by Barbara Schoofs-Barrow - Vadnais Heights, MN - Friend   November 30, 2019

Always had a smile on his face. Sometimes a hint of a mischievous type smile. His girls were always laughing and giggling with other workers in the school bus break room. He was an outspoken person who was a quick learner who moved into a driver trainer position. He and I shared Navy stories, besides some of the challenges of driving a school bus. It is sad that we did not have more time to talk about a lot of subjects. He will be missed.

Posted by James Stordahl - Ankeny, IA - Coworker   November 30, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Tracy and the girls thru working with him at the bus garage there in Ankeny, He was a great Dad, he will be greatly missed.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family in the time of need.

Posted by Kathleen ( Katt) Glaspie - Des Moines, IA - coworker   November 30, 2019

Stay strong, he will always be around you! I remember the times we ran cross country together.

Posted by V. Eric Kamp - Grimes, IA - Friend   November 29, 2019