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“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....Read More »
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“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...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Richard Henry - Oceanside, CA

“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...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Thomas Keith - Virginia Beach, VA

“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...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Bill Snyder - DES MOINES, IA

“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...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Barbara Schoofs-Barrow - MN

“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...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: James Stordahl - Ankeny, IA

“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...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Kathleen ( Katt) Glaspie - IA

“Stay strong, he will always be around you! I remember the times we ran cross country together. ”
8 of 8 | Posted by: V. Eric Kamp - Grimes, IA


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.