Gary Lee Adams, Sr.

May 15, 1939October 5, 2010

Gary L. Adams, Sr., 71, of Varna, formerly of Washington, IL, passed away at 2:26 P.M., Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at home surrounded by his loving family and friends.

He was born May 15, 1939 in Peoria to Charles and Mary Lou (Ripper) Adams. He married Carol Cole on February 11, 1961 in Peoria. She survives.

Also surviving are his sons Gary L., Jr. (Liane) Adams of Eureka, IL, Eric S. (Kimberly) Adams of Plainfield, IL; grandchildren Austin Scott Adams, Taylor Nicole Adams, Branden Lee Adams, and Alexandra Joyce Adams; one brother Richard W. Adams; one sister Pat Stockman; sister-in-law, Hettie Taylor Lefkowitz (Larry); brother-in-law, William (Ruby) Taylor; one Aunt; and several Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins.

He was preceded in death by his favorite Uncle Bob “Pop” Adams.

Gary served in the United States Air Force from 1956 to 1960. He was honorably discharged at the rank of Airman 2nd Class.

After serving his country he was employed with several companies including Monroe Office Machines, Amalgamated Meat Cutters, and was a lifelong member of the Teamsters Local #627. Gary last worked for Associated Truck Lines retiring in 1989.

Gary was involved in many business ventures including Carol’s House of Ceramics, Illini Sport Print, CJ’s Shirt Factory, DavGar Industries, Heartland Candle Factory, Adams Property Management, and Lake Wildwood Association.

He enjoyed everything outdoors, fishing, boating, water skiing, and gardening. He became a master gardener in 1994 and shared his love of gardening with others.

The happiest time of his life was the time spent with his four grandchildren. Gary was a humble, honorable, hard working, man who will be missed by all.

Funeral Services will be 1 P.M., Saturday, October 9, 2010 at Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home. Father Tom Mizeur will officiate. Visitation will be from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. on Saturday at the Funeral Home. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens.

Memorials may be made to OSF Hospice.

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J Cioffi

October 9, 2010

Eric, Kim and family,

You are all in our thoughts and prayers. May all the wonderful memories of your father live in your hearts forever. The pictures you posted of him enjoying life with his family were very moving. Thank you sharing them. We wish you strength and comfort during this very difficult time.

Love and friendship,
Tony, Jamie, Anthony and Kendall

Marge Repasz

October 8, 2010

I just heard. I am so sorry but I know you did everything within your power to make Gary's life good. He fought a long, hard battle and you were there with him the whole way. He is probably up there right now praising God for the gift of you in his life.
I am so sorry I cannot be with you tomorrow. I will be in Chicago but I will be praying for you. May God bless you and your family and give you peace.

Angie Davis

October 8, 2010

Eric/Kim & family - Sorry to hear of your loss, just know that we are all thinking of you during this difficult time. The Davis Family

Theresa Taylor

October 8, 2010

You will be missed very much. I'm glad that you are in heaven, where there is no more pain or suffering. I'll miss your enjoyment of my homemade apple pies. See you again some day in heaven.

October 8, 2010

You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers at this time of your loss
Ken&Juanita Bennett
Billings, Mt

Kevin Taylor

October 8, 2010

You're at rest now, after a long, hard battle. May God keep you in His hands until we all become reunited.

Keep Grandma company for us! You will be missed.

Nancy Bennett-Strand

October 8, 2010

Gary, So sorry for your loss.

Rick Stockman

October 7, 2010

Our deepest condolences to the entire family. The Rick Stockman Family

John Fletcher

October 7, 2010

Carol, Gary and Eric, I am so sorry for your loss. Carol you and Gary took a young guy under your wing and befriended my family and I. We had many many good times down at the lake, in the camp ground, sailing and on the beach. I still love the story of the first time I brought my orange Hobie down to the lake and couldn't sail up the lake, because I didn't know what the heck I was doing. Gary got a kick out of that. He couldn't understand why the new kid on the block didn't want to come down and play with the others.

I'm sorry I won't make the services. I'm going to try and see Eric and Kim tonight. When the good Lord wants someone to join Him, he doesn't check everyone's schedule. And that is rightly so, because this moment is between Gary and his Lord. I just hope the good Lord knows what he is in for. :) God Bless you all. John Fletcher

Burr Brakeman

October 7, 2010

Gary, Sorry to learn of the death of your Dad.
Burr Brakeman
Contact me sometime. We'll reminisce.