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Gary C Brashear

August 18, 1944December 20, 2020

Gary C. Brashear, 76, passed away at his home, in the early morning of Sunday, December 20, 2020 with his loving family at his side.

Gary was born in Springfield, MO, August 18, 1944 the son of Lawrence C. and Erma E.(Lewis) Brashear. He married Gloria Hill in Springfield, IL, October 9, 1971 and she survives. He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved granddaughter, Abigail McNeal.

Gary was the owner and operator of Bramco Koolvent. His talents for building and fixing anything was most evident as he gave selfless and untiring to Lutheran High School and West Side Christian Church. Gary could be found most of his free time and some of his "should be at work" time there. He was recognized this past summer for his dedication at Lutheran High School. The athletic field at Lutheran High School was very close to Gary's heart. He took classes to learn how to build and not maintain but perfect the field. He was a true example of giving of time and talents.

A member of West Side Christian Church, he would offer his time as a volunteer as well. Assisting with building and remodeling there at the Church. He never knew a stranger and made those who volunteered with him feel welcome and needed to complete the project at hand. Gary will be missed terribly by his family, friends and those who knew from various walks of life.

Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Gloria, his two children; Aimee (husband Tony) McNeal of Williamsville, MO, and Andrew Brashear of New Berlin, IL, three grandchildren: Torin and Garrison Brashear and Eli McNeal, and two sisters; Mona and Tamara.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Services will be announced at a time to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Lutheran High School 3500 W. Washington Springfield, IL 62711.

Arrangements are in the care of Bisch Funeral Home West. 217-544-5424


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Ed Sauer

January 5, 2021

When I came to Springfield in 1963 Gary was the first person I met. The Good Lord gave me the privilege of meeting him and having a friendship that lasted all of these years. He was a big part of my and my family's lives! We will miss him terribly! We thank God that he was a part of our lives and our friend! Sincerely, Ed, Margaret, Annie, Jeff, Drew, and Brad Sauer

Mike Matzke

December 30, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers to you Gloria, Aimee, and Andrew. I have fond memories working with Gary on several projects at LuHi. Gary always called on me as the engineer to help with design and construction of a project. All of us LuHi volunteers enjoyed many good times working together with Gary. He would do anything to help promote and expand the mission of Lutheran High School.
Mike and Marsha Matzke

Joyce Henn

December 29, 2020

Gloria, my deepest sympathy to you, Amiee, and Andrew, at the death of Gary, a wonderful husband, and father. What a loss to all who knew Gary. May he now rest, in the living arms of his Lord, whom he severed so well.
Joyce Henn

Kim Zajicek

December 28, 2020

Gary was a man of many talents and boundless energy. He was at heart a builder who loved a challenge and was always looking to make things better, and was a great proponent of LUHI. Even when he was recently ill he didn't complain about how he felt; but exuded a very positive outlook towards the future. He loved his family his church and LUHI. I will miss him as a friend and our always enjoyable conversations. He was truly one of a kind, our deepest sympathy go out to Gloria and family.

Dave & Pat Powell

December 28, 2020

Gloria, Pat and I send our deepest sympathy to you and your family. I will always be thankful to Lutheran High for the opportunity to reconnect with Gary. While we hadn't connected since high school, it was our love for baseball and Lutheran High that got us back together. His friendly, caring attitude will be missed greatly. God bless you and your family.

Pat & Dave Powell

Mary ann Ahrens

December 27, 2020

Gloria. I am so very sorry to hear the news of Gary (poncho). He was one of the BEST guys ever and was such a Blessing to so many. He was Ron’s best friend growing up and through the years. My heart is broken for you and I send many prayers to you and your family!
I can just hear Ron welcoming Poncho up in heaven.
God Bessings to you and your family
Mary Ann Ahrens.

Jim Smith

December 25, 2020

One of the best friends a person could have. He has done so much for the kids in this area. I know I will miss him for a long time. He taught me many things I will keep with me forever.

Bill Lueking

December 23, 2020

My wife Deb and I are sorry to hear about Gary’s death. We will keep Gary’s family in our prayers. We met Gary and Gloria at Lutheran High when we both had sons enrolled there in the 1990’s. I had the privilege of working with Gary doing volunteering at Lutheran High and was always impressed with his very giving attitude. We give thanks for Gary’s service to the school. Gary please Rest In Peace. Bill and Deb Lueking, Hoffman Illinois.

Mike Whalen

December 22, 2020

You know when meet a honest man,by how he responds to your questions. Gary was one of those persons. With a smile and a grin and a little ribbing we would get it done. It was my honor to have known him. REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND

Karen Kerber

December 22, 2020

So sorry to learn of Gary’s passing. I have known him a long time. I lived on Elliott and he was raised on Rutledge. I will keep everyone in my prayers and thoughts.