Gibson City - Tony Gandy, 96, of Gibson City died at 10:50 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 5 , 2006) at the Life Care Center in Jefferson City, Tenn.
His funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church in Gibson City, with the Rev. Kathleen Luke officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Township Cemetery in Gibson City, with military rites by the Lee Lowery American Legion post 568. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with a Masonic service at 8 p.m.
Mr. Gandy was born April 28, 1910, in Strasburg, a son of George and Jennie Biegel Gandy. He moved to Gibson City at four years of age. He married Hazel J. Swatsley on June 27, 1932, in Fowler, Ind. She died Oct. 26 1987. Surviving are two daughters, Marcia Walker of Mohawk, Tenn., and Cynthia Dechart of Sandy, Utah; five grandchildren; and 12 great- grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers and four sisters.
After attending ISNU at Normal he built, owned and operated Gandy's Super Service Station for 42 years in Gibson City, then worked for the U.S. Post Office in Gibson City for 17 years. In 1944 he was drafted into the Army where he served in the Indo-Burma Theater. After being honorably discharged, he took flying lessons on the G.I. Bill and delighted in flying. His passions were his family, his work, fishing, bowling, traveling, the Shriners, AMVETS, and his many friends.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Gibson City bowling teams, the Elks bowling team out of Bloomington, the Scottish Rite in Bloomington, where at one time he served as Grand Master, the Gibson Masonic Lodge #733 A.F. & A.M., the Corn Belt Shrine Club and The American Veterans. He was an honorable, honest, kind, polite and loyal man, true to his word, beloved and respected by many. Despite his battle with dementia he never varied from his kind and loving persona. Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.