GIBSON CITY — Gary J. Keim, 78, of Gibson City, passed away 8:15 a.m. Wednesday (March 13, 2019) at Gibson Area Hospital Annex, Gibson City.
A celebration of life service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at American Evangelical Lutheran Church, Gibson City, with Pastor Jim Davis and Pastor Nick Carlson officiating. Visitation will be 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday prior to the service at the church. The family requests casual dress, per Gary’s wishes.
Private inurnment will be at a later date in Drummer Cemetery, Gibson City. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the family.
Gary was born Jan. 28, 1941, in Hopedale, a son to Loren and Flora Rauber Keim. Gary’s birth mother passed away at a young age; he was lovingly raised by his parents, Loren and Mary. He married Joan Thedens on May 1, 1965, in Anchor. She preceded him in death on June 27, 2016.
Surviving are his children, Tim (Dori) Keim, Gibson City, and Marni (Mike) Bishop, Sibley; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters, Judy Graphia, Louisiana, and Sister Susan Keim, O.P., Wisconsin; and brother, Loren (Mary) Keim, Bloomington.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Tyler.
Gary served in the U.S. Army for three years in Germany. He was a mechanic for many years at Shaner’s Implement Dealer in Gibson City. He also worked for the city of Gibson and Greg Kerber Farming.
He was a member of Gibson City Fire Department for 27 years and American Evangelical Lutheran Church. Gary portrayed Santa for children for many magical years.
Gary was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother. He treasured his family and enjoyed his friends.
Condolences and memories of Gary may be shared with the family at www.rosenbaumfh.com.