Garland F. “Gary” Newton, Jr., 76 years old, of Oelwein, Iowa, formerly of Independence, died on Sunday, September 26, 2021, at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo. He was born in California on February 18, 1945, the son of Garland Francis and Helen (Sopchinsky) Newton, Sr. After he graduated from high school in Independence with the Class of 1963, Mr. Garland served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He later completed the course of study at Hawkeye Tech in Waterloo. On September 23, 1972, he and the former Cathy Elaine Howe were married at St. John’s Catholic Church in Independence. She preceded him in death on June 4, 2017. Before retiring in 2009, he was a psychiatric aide at the Mental Health Institute in Independence.