EAST PEORIA - Gary W. Wilson, 40, of East Peoria passed away at 8:06 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2009, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.
He was born Jan. 7, 1969, in Peoria to Walter W. and Linda M. (Franklin) Wilson. He married Tammy L. DeBoer on Dec. 1, 1990, in East Peoria. She survives.
Also surviving are his children, Haley B. and Dakota W., both at home; one sister, Malinda (Eric) Gerhardt of East Peoria; his maternal grandmother, Eva Gilpin of Kentucky; and his parents of East Peoria.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents and maternal grandfather.
Gary was the owner and operator of Gary's Rod Shop in East Peoria, which relocated to Washington in 2007.
He was a member of the Chevrolet Nomad Association and the Central Illinois Chevy Association.
He was also a member of Bethany Missionary Church in East Peoria, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 23, 2009. The Rev. Thomas Grose will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 22, 2008, at Remmert Funeral Home. Burial will be in Oak Grove Evangelical Bible Church Cemetery.
Gary's wishes were to request casual attire while attending all of his services.
Memorials may be made to an educational fund for his children established at South Side Bank in East Peoria.
Online tributes and condolences may be made at www.mem.com.