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      Gary W. Courtright, 74, of Edwards, passed away on Monday, July 6, 2020 at his residence.
     He was born on October 4, 1945 in Ida Grove, IA, the son of Perry and June Eleanor (Clark) Courtright. He married Barbara J. Abernethy on July 24, 1976 in Peoria. She survives. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
     Gary was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Marilyn Noll.
     He served in the United States Navy from 1968 to 1971. He completed one Vietnam tour and received the Vietnam Service Medal with one Silver Star and one Bronze Star. He worked as an accountant at Caterpillar for over 35 years and retired in 2003. He was a member of the Illinois River Valley Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Illinois Rifle Association and the NRA. He was an outdoorsman who loved boating, hunting, fishing and Nascar.
     There will be no public visitation or service.
     Memorial contributions may be made in Gary’s memory to Illinois River Valley Pheasants Forever, the Brimfield Fire Department or the Disabled American Veterans.
     Arrangements have been entrusted to Clary Funeral Home, 3004 West Lake Avenue in Peoria.
Posted by Ken Pope on July 11, 2020
Barb,

I am so sorry to learn of Gary's passing. We worked together the last few years of our careers at Caterpillar and retired at the same time. His knowledge of accounting and tax matters was a wonderful contribution to Caterpilllar success. Thank you for writing about his Vietnam Silver and Bronze Star medals for valor. We talked of many things but Gary never told me of these awards given by a grateful nation...clear symbols of heroism...such laudable humility.
Posted by Barbara Church on July 10, 2020
Barb:
Gary and I want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with at this sad time. I worked with Gary at Cat Financial Peoria before the company moved to Nashville as we moved with it. Remember that he and you thought about moving to Nashville but your job in Chicago was a deciding factor. We were at your house with Bob and Helen for a party. Lots of fun. Your husband was a great guy and hard worker. Gone too soon.
Barb and Gary Church

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Posted by Ken Pope on July 11, 2020
Barb,

I am so sorry to learn of Gary's passing. We worked together the last few years of our careers at Caterpillar and retired at the same time. His knowledge of accounting and tax matters was a wonderful contribution to Caterpilllar success. Thank you for writing about his Vietnam Silver and Bronze Star medals for valor. We talked of many things but Gary never told me of these awards given by a grateful nation...clear symbols of heroism...such laudable humility.
Posted by Barbara Church on July 10, 2020
Barb:
Gary and I want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with at this sad time. I worked with Gary at Cat Financial Peoria before the company moved to Nashville as we moved with it. Remember that he and you thought about moving to Nashville but your job in Chicago was a deciding factor. We were at your house with Bob and Helen for a party. Lots of fun. Your husband was a great guy and hard worker. Gone too soon.
Barb and Gary Church
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