Gary Steury Obituary, Death – Gary Lee Steury of Mount Vernon, Illinois, died at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon on Saturday, December 3, 2022, at 6:12 p.m. On April 27, 1958, he was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico to Charles and Garnet Steury. Gary married Janis (Martin) Steury on October 10, 2010, while standing in the Colorado River in Laughlin, Nevada. He was adored by family and friends throughout his 64 years, 7 months, and 6 days on this planet.
Gary will be sadly missed by all who knew him. He was always willing to assist a friend or family member in need. Gary contributed to making the world a better place for everyone. Gary is survived by his parents, Charles and Shirley Steury of Fairfield, Illinois; his mother-in-law, Carol Martin of Mount Vernon, Illinois; two bonus sons, David Pitman (Shawnee) of Valparaiso, Indiana, and Richard Harper of Geff, Illinois; three brothers, Mark Steury (Jonnie) of Geff, Illinois, Earl Steury (significant other, Katie Daniel), Karl Steury; and one sister, Tina Koker.
Gary was predeceased by his son, Charles David Steury, his mother, Garnet Beaulieu Steury, his father-in-law, Richard Martin, his siblings, Edgar and Diana Steury, and Randy Eblin. Gary spent seventeen years with the Jefferson County Highway Department. He then spent fourteen years with the City of Mount Vernon Fleet Services, retiring as a certified master mechanic technician. Then I returned to Cedarhurst Center for the Arts for the next four and a half years. Throughout his career, he has also worked with a number of private contractors.
Gary enjoys sports like fishing, swimming, hunting, and camping. He was most content when he was outside, whether canoeing on the lake or chopping wood for a fire. He has a special relationship with his niece, Carley Jordan, and has taught her to love the outdoors as much as he does. He adored his grandchildren and took great pleasure in their exploits. Gary had a great time seeing the sights while driving across the country. Gary was the Senior Deacon of Masonic Lodge 31 in Mount Vernon, Illinois, and a former American Legion Chaplain in Bluford, Illinois.
Gayle Eblin, my sister-in-law, deserves special thanks for being available at all hours of the day and night for whatever was needed. Thank you also to Deb and Chris Carson, our dear friends who cared for our furry companion when we couldn’t. A special thanks to Gary’s hardworking and compassionate SSM community. A Celebration of Life will be held at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts Museum in Mount Vernon, Illinois, on Monday, December 12 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. At 5:00 p.m., remarks will be made. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Gary’s name to Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon or the Cedarhurst Celebration of Life.