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Gerald L. "Gary" Thompson

November 15, 1952 ~ July 12, 2016 (age 63)
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   Gerald L. "Gary" Thompson, 63, of Quincy, died at 12:43 p.m. Tuesday (July 12, 2016) in his home.

   Born November 15, 1952 in Pittsfield, Illinois, Gary was the son of C. Gerald and Betty L. Dietzman Thompson.

   A graduate of Quincy High School, Gary was employed as a machinist in Quincy for 38 years, retiring in 2015.

   Gary was a member of Immanuel Church of the Nazarene and the Machinist Local 822. An avid sportsman, Gary loved baseball, growing up playing Little League and other local baseball teams and was a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. He enjoyed collecting coins, something he has done since childhood, fishing, mushroom hunting, playing Euchre and working crossword and jigsaw puzzles.  Gary loved racing, watching Nascar and going to local stock car races and for many years was a pit crewman for #21 Jerry Weisenberger Racing.

   Gary loved spending time with his family and will be remembered for his sense of humor and as a prankster.

   Survivors include his father, C. Gerald Thompson (Jeanne Carroz) of Liberty; two sons, Gerald "Lil Gary" Thompson of Warsaw, IL and Jason Thompson (Amanda) of Phoenix, AZ; eleven grandchildren, Desiree Jones, Alexandria Irwin, Caleb Thompson-Goings, Kailey Thompson-Goodwin, Ameria Thompson, Anden Goodwin, Terran Thompson, Craig Thompson, Victoria Thompson, Hunter Reynolds and Veronica McNeill; a great granddaughter, Arianna Jones; a brother, Lindy Thompson (Mary) of Liberty, IL; a sister, Karen Thompson of Quincy; a very special friend, Lisa Kimber of Quincy; and many loving nieces and nephews.

   Gary was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Thompson.

   Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 10:00 in the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home with Pastor Wayne Sutton officiating.  Burial will be in the Liberty Cemetery, Liberty, Illinois.

   Visitation will be Friday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 and Saturday morning until the time of services at the funeral home.

   Memorials may be made to the Blessing Foundation for Hospice or the family of Gary Thompson.
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