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NORMAL — Gary L. McCandless, 73, of Washington, passed away at 3:02 a.m. Wednesday (April 19, 2017) at Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, Peoria.

A celebration of life service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Normal, with Pastor Paul Jenkins officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, 8630 Route 91, Peoria, IL 61615, or to St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1710 W. College Ave., Normal, IL 61761.

Gary was born July 30, 1943, in Saginaw, Mich., the son of James and Opal Holsworth McCandless. He married Sandra Peterson on Aug. 29, 1964, in Eagle River, Wis.

Gary is survived by his wife, Sandra; their children, Mark (Colleen) McCandless, Normal; Michelle (Mark) Woith, Germany; Kristin (Marty) Young, Bloomington; Loree (Jeff) Davis, Normal; and Stephen (Tina) McCandless, Edelstein. Also surviving are 15 grandchildren; his brother and sister, Jim (Carol) McCandless, Mondovi, Wis., and Sandra Horning, Marathon City, Wis.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Gail Rice.

Gary retired from GTE, later known as Verizon, in 2000 after 35 years. He was a member of St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Normal. He enjoyed spending time in the outdoors and talking with people through amateur radio (Ham radio).

Gary was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother. He will be deeply missed by all his family. The family would like to send a special thank you to the nurses and doctors at the Richard L. Owens Hospice home for their care and compassion.

Condolences may be made to www.calvertmemorial.com.

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