Gary was born April 22, 1957 in West Salem Illinois to Clayton and Marie (Schonert) Gillard.
He attended Ottawa High School.
He was employed by Unimin Corporation in Utica for 42 years as an operator. He was a member of the Steel Workers Union 31G. He was a member of the LaSalle County Street Cars Group.
He enjoyed dirt bike and motorcycle riding. He especially enjoyed his annual trip with friends to Elkhart Lake Road America in Wisconsin for IMSA Racing and to Red Bud MX Racing in Michigan. His family and friends will sincerely miss him.
He is survived by:
Daughter: Theresa (James) Littlefield of Decatur Georgia.
Grandson: William born April 26, 2021
Sisters: Barbara (Paul) Jenkinson of Azle Texas, Pamela (Randy) Spencer of Streator.
Nephews: Laron Higgins of Fort Worth Texas, Shayne (Janis) Higgins of Azle Texas, Kyle (Susan) Higgins of Marble Falls Texas, Tyler (Megan) Wright of Streator, Trevon Spencer of Princeton and Jarrett Spencer of Streator.
Several Great Nieces and Nephews.
His beloved black lab and constant companion Cooper.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the family to make a donation in his name to the American Cancer Society.
ON line condolences may be expressed at www.burgessfh.com
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