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Gary Dean Courter
Gary Dean Courter
May 15, 1943 - April 22, 2013
Sherrard, Illinois

Visitation: Thursday from 5-8 pm April 25, 2013 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Milan
Funeral Service: Friday at 10:00 am April 26, 2013 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Milan
Interment: Friday April 26, 2013 at Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline

Gary Dean Courter, 69, of Sherrard, died Monday, April 22, 2013 after complications from diabetes and a motor vehicle accident that occurred Friday April 12. Funeral services will be 10:00am Friday April 26, 2013 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Milan. Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00-8:00pm at the funeral home. Entombment will be in Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline. Memorials may be made to the Sherrard Fire Department or American Diabetes Association.

Gary was born May 15, 1943 to Rolland and Shirley Ingram Courter. He graduated from Rock Island High School with the class of 1961.

Mr. Courter was employed with the Rock Island Lines before joining the United States Army and was stationed in Germany. He worked for the Container Corporation of America before it changed to McMillan Bloedel, where he was employed as a machine repairman until it closed it’s doors. Later he was employed by Servus Rubber, Rock Island. Since 2001, he assisted his wife with her daycare, Babes in Toyland.

He married Sharon Lee Kelly on November 16, 1968. They were married 44 years. They had two children, Gwendolyn Eileen in 1972 and Timothy Paul in 1974.

Gary was an active member in Memorial Christian Church, where he served as a deacon, elder and youth group leader. He was also the Boy Scout Leader for Troop 425 in Sherrard and was very proud to see his son reach Eagle Scout. He joined the Sherrard Fire Department and was very active for 37 years, serving as the training officer and later as Captain. He dearly loved the fire department including their fish frys, breakfasts and suppers. Mr. Courter also enjoyed watching the Mallard Hockey teams and was a season ticket holder with his wife since the first season.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon “Sherry” Kelly Courter; daughter, Gwendolyn Courter, Sherrard; son, Timothy Courter, Schaumberg, IL; and a brother, William (JoAnn) Courter, Silvis.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents and many beloved aunts, uncles and cousins.

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Gary will be greatly missed at the Fire Dept. He was always willing to do something to help. I also remember his "little following" of kids he used to bring to the post office to get the mail. They were always so excited to be out with Gary and I think he enjoyed it as much as they did. Paula Rath
-- Paula Rath

Sherry,Gwen and Timothy There are no words that can express our sympathy to you all. Gary was a vital part of our community and will be greatly missed. His kidding and his smile was a bright spot in our day whenever he came to the bank. Our love and prayers are with you. Bud, Lois Kim, Jim and Nick Watson
-- Lois Watson

My deepest sympathies to family...Sherry, Gwen and Tim...Gary was a wonderful man who gave of himself fully and without expectation of any reward. He is the kind of person we should all strive to be. God bless.
-- Phyllis LaDue

May you all be comforted by your many wonderful memories and your knowledge that Gary knew and loved the Lord.
-- Shelly (Crutcher) Gruenig

Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family during this time. If there is anything at all we can do, please let us know.
-- Brian and Carrie Hartman

We are so sorry for your loss. Let the Perpetual Light shine upon him and give him peace.
-- Gary and Donna lark

Hold on to your beautiful memories. My deepest sympathy to your family.
-- Nancy Hendren

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Take comfort in knowing all the lives that Gary affected in a positive way.
-- Mary Jo Russell (Nathan, Justin and Aaron's Mom)

Sherry and family, we are so sorry for your loss, Gary was a good man. He was very dedicated to so many things, he will be missed. We will keep you in our thoughts. Take care , Nellie
-- Dick and Nellie Iverson

To all the Courter family, we are lifting you up in prayer during this difficult time. May you feel God's love and comfort. The Dennis Gerber Family
-- Dennis Gerber

I was saddened to learn or Gary's passing. My deepest sympathies to family. I was a friend back in the late 50s and early 50s. At Rocky and Memorial Christian church along with Bob and Jim DeVrieze and all the guys and gals that ran together. Great memories of those days...God Bless the family. –Mike DeSmet
-- michael DeSmet