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Gary A. Stear, 68, of Bartonville, Illinois passed away Saturday, July 1, 2017 in Bartonville. He was born on December 21, 1948 in Peoria, Illinois to Orville and Bernice (Gomes) Stear. He married Debra D. Smith on July 27, 1974 in Bartonville, Illinois. She survives.

He is also survived by two children, Michelle (Josh) Otten of Bartonville and Rusty Stear of Mapleton, Illinois; five grandchildren, Alyssa, Zach, Tate Otten and Cooper, Avery Stear; two brothers, Dennis (Kay) Stear of Pekin and James (Mary) Stear of Norwood. He has several nieces and nephews. Gary was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Jack Stear.

Gary worked 37 years at Caterpillar Inc. retiring in 2011. He has been working part time for the Hollis Park District at the Tuscarora Park. He also enjoyed helping out at the family business, Vintique Antique Shop in East Peoria.

He was a Navy Veteran of the Viet Nam Conflict. He was a member of the Bartonville American Legion Post #974 and the Hiram Walker Rod and Gun Club. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his son, Rusty. Gary also enjoyed following his grandchildren in their sporting and school activities. He also coached Little League and Girls Softball Team in the Bartonville area for many years.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 am Friday, July 7, 2017 at the Davison Fulton Bartonville Chapel. Rev. Jack Thompson will officiate. Visitation will be from 5pm until 7pm Thursday at the funeral chapel. Cremation rites will follow services. Memorials may be made to the Colton Underwood Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. You may create an online condolence at www.davison-fultonbartonvillechapel.