Gary F. Draper, age 79, of Goreville, Illinois, passed away Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at his home.
Gary was born February 22, 1943 in Jacksonville, Florida, a son of John E. and Violet L. (Barnett) Draper. When Gary was young his family moved to Cobden, IL, then to Buncomb, IL where he grew up and attended Goreville High School, graduating in 1962. After his marriage to Donna L.Stokes on June 02, 1962 in Goreville, IL, they moved to Elgin, IL where he worked at Tool Works for 28 years. While there he also owned and operated Draper Lawn Care, which his son Gary now operates. Gary retired in 2008 and in 2015 moved to Goreville, IL. Gary loved and studied Southern Illinois history. He enjoyed drinking coffee at H&H with his friends, watching FOX News and NASCAR. He and his wife enjoyed traveling and cherished his cruise to Alaska. Gary was of the Methodist Faith.
He is survived by his wife Donna L. Draper of Goreville, IL; two sons, Gary F. (Elizabeth) Draper of Marengo, IL and Edward L. (Tina) Draper of Union, IL; seven grandchildren, Susan Draper, Sarah (Michael) Harhen, Carl Draper, Zachary (Haley) Draper, Joseph Draper US Navy, Joshua Draper, and Nathaniel Draper; and seven great-grandchildren, Deannah Harhen, Caleb Harhen, Julie Harhen, Rose Harhen, Gabbie Harhen, Dominic Palomores, and Rose Draper. He is preceded in death by his parents, John E. and Violet L. Draper.
Visitation will be Tuesday, November 15th, 2022 from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at Blue Funeral Home in Goreville, IL. Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, November 15, 2022, 11:00 AM at Blue Funeral Home in Goreville with Rev. Kenny Blumenstock officiating. Burial will follow at Cana Cemetery in Goreville.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Harper Treat Memorial Cancer Fund.