Ret. U.S.A.F. Senior MSgt. Gary R. Crist, 73, of Aviston, Ill., born Jan. 10, 1943, in Muncie, Ind., died Monday, February 8, 2016, at his residence.
Gary received his bachelor's degree in Industrial Technology from SIU-Carbondale and retired from the USAF with the rank of Senior MSgt. After retirement from the Air Force, he went to work for the Federal Division of Motorola as a Senior Field Engineer, retiring in 2005. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, camping, and loved to tinker.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Louise, nee Copeland, Crist; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Boyd and Elizabeth, nee Rhoton, Turner.
Surviving is his wife of 50 years, Jane, nee Turner, Crist of Aviston, Ill., whom he married June 11, 1965, in Muncie, nd.; his children, Michael Crist and wife Karen of Bartelso, Ill., and Laura "Katie" Kollmann and husband Mark of Trenton, Ill.; four grandchildren, Boyd and Avery Crist, and Benjamin and Willa Kollmann; two step-grandchildren, Cody and Kaitlyn Seelhoefer; a brother, Dennis Crist and wife Marilyn of Muncie, Ind.; sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law, Janet Everett of Muncie, Ind., and Rachel Cross and husband Steve of Indianapolis, Ind.; and nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Aviston Volunteer Fire Department, and will be received through Moss Funeral Home, 535 N. 5th, Breese, Ill., 62230.
Expressions of sympathy can be sent to the family by visiting: www.mossfuneralhome.com.
Visitation: Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, February 13, 2016, at Moss Funeral Home, Breese, Ill.
Service: A graveside service with full military honors will be held at 12:15 p.m. Saturday, February 13, 2016, at Trenton Cemetery, Trenton, Ill.
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Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Feb. 10, 2016