MACKINAW - Gary P. Stedman, 73, of Mackinaw, Ill., died Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, at Hopedale Hospital.
Gary was born Sept. 23, 1940, in Avon to John and Pauline Pecharich Stedman. They preceded him in death. He married Kathryn "Kay" Full on Feb. 16, 1963, in Peoria. She survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Kelley (Mike) Kruse of Mackinaw and Molly (Scott) Simonton of Charleston, W.Va.; three sons, Tim Stedman of East Lansing, Mich., Scott Stedman of Mackinaw and Corey (Samantha) Stedman of Mackinaw; three granddaughters, Kelsey (Nick) Flynn, Sarah Simonton and Isabella Stedman; nine grandsons, Erik (Erin) Kruse, Craig (Katie) Kruse, Ian Stedman, Zane Stedman, Hudson Stedman, Ethan Stedman, Tucker Simonton, Eli Simonton and Nathaniel Simonton; three great-granddaughters, Aubri Kruse, Nora Kruse and Anna Flynn; four great-grandsons, Jordan Kruse, Carter Kruse, Joshua Kruse and Everett Kruse; two brothers, Jon "Butch" Stedman of Morton and Steve Stedman of Douglas, Wyo.; and one daughter in his heart, JoAnn Benway.
Gary owned and operated Stedman Trucking for over 20 years. He operated G.S. Excavating for seven years. Prior, he had been the public works manager for the Village of Mackinaw for 10 years and he and Kay owned and operated the Homested in Mackinaw for 10 years.
Gary was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hopedale. He was a past Mackinaw Village Board Trustee and a fireman for the Mackinaw Fire Protection District.
Gary was a dedicated family man.
A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hopedale for family and close friends. Monsignor Tim Nolan will officiate. Cremation rites will be accorded. Haensel Funeral Home in Mackinaw is assisting the family with arrangements. A celebration of Gary's life will follow the funeral Mass on Friday at Gary's shed from noon to 2 p.m. Burial will be at a later date in Mackinaw Township Cemetery.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to his church or Mackinaw Rescue Squad.
Online condolences may be made at www.haenselfuneralhome.com.