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Obituary for Gary J Eccles
Gary J Eccles of Peru, passed away on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 11:06 AM in his home surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer. Visitation will be held at the Peru Fire Station on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Burial in Peru City Cemetery Born in Peru, on February 28, 1960, to Charles B and Doris M (Pitman) Eccles. Graduated from L-P High School in 1978, Received Fire Science Technology Certification in 1987 and U.S. Steel Confined Space Training Certification in 1993 Married Shellie Janusick on October 14, 1989 Fireman for the City of Peru and served as Assistant Chief for 2 years and Fire Chief for 12 Years Hazardous Materials Technician, Fire Officer 1, Technical Rescue Awareness, State Certified Fire Investigator, Haz. Mat. Incident Command, Certified Fire Fighter 1,2, & 3, and Haz. Mat. First Responder P.O.C. F.F. for 7 years, Engineer for 23 years, MABAS Division President for 2 years, Supervisor for Haz. Mat Team, and Scuba Team Member Received 3 Civilian rescues from fires, Meritorious Service Award, State of Illinois Medal of Honor Committee Recognition, Fire Fighter of the Year in 2012, Humanitarian Service Medals for Hurricane Katrina, St. Bernard Parish and Utica Tornado, and Charter Member and Secretary of IAFF/AFI Local 4751 Gary was the youngest brother of four boys growing up in LaSalle-Peru. From his earliest years, Gary stood out as fearless, adventurous and a strong leader. He always exhibited strong character and could be counted on and trusted as a young boy in the neighborhood by everyone. Gary loved being a Fireman. He loved his job and was happy to get up and go to work everyday. He was a devoted husband and father. Everything about Gary, the boy and the man he was will always be missed by those who knew and loved him. Survivors Wife Shellie of Peru 3 Daughters, Britnee Eccles of Peru. Christine Eccles of Peru. Alexis Eccles of Peru. 3 Brothers, Bernard (Linda) Eccles of The Villages, FL., Michael Eccles of Stockton IL Richard Eccles of LaSalle Preceded in death by parents In Lieu of Flowers Memorials may be sent to Centrue Bank on Shooting Park Rd. in Peru for a memorial for his family. Checks must be made out to Mrs. Shellie Eccles and Family. Pallbearers will be Mark Credi, Dean Tieman, Todd Bogatitus, Ryan Rynkewicz, Doug Thurman, Tom Riordan, Danny Sullivan, Dave Van Laar, Jeff King, Andy Bacidore, Rick Scott, Ron Popurella, Ron Campbell, Dennis Rutishouser, Bill Peradotti and John Oberholz