EUREKA – Gary Dean Springer, 73, died Monday, July 22, 2019, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria due to cardiac complications.
He was born March 10, 1946, the son of Roy and Pearl Keller Springer. He married Ginger Sides on Sept. 20, 1964, in Trenton, Ga. She survives.
Other survivors include two daughters, Christine (Glenn) Miller, Carlock and Stacy (William) Anderson, Bartonville; one son, Ed Springer of the state of Kentucky; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren; six sisters, Sandi Aeschleman, Flossie (Tony) Ferrero, Kathy (John) Nutt and Sharon Seckler, all of Roanoke, Rita (Bruce) Sauder, Germantown Hills and Andrea (Brian) Bill, Eureka and two brothers, Roy (Susie) Springer, Coos Bay, Ore., and Keith (Gwen) Springer, Pueblo, Colo.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Gary graduated from Roanoke-Benson High School, Roanoke, in 1964. He worked at the Caterpillar plant in Morton for over 30 years before he retired in 1999. Gary later worked at the Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington and The Library Store in Tremont. The couple enjoyed traveling to different churches to encourage and support pastors and missionaries. They were incorporated as Redeeming the Time Ministries. The couple served as door keepers at The Gathering Place at Mackinaw Dells Prayer and Retreat Center for almost 10 years. Gary had a passion for sharing God‘s love and goodness with others. He was involved in the donation and shipment of supplies to Tanzania.
A celebration of life will be held Aug. 31 at noon at Congerville Village Hall, Congerville. Visitation will take place Aug. 31 from 10 a.m. to noon at the village hall. Mason Funeral Home in Metamora is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) or to the Wounded Warrior Project.