LIMA, Ill. -- Gary D. Vest, 73, of Lima, died at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 18, 2011) in Blessing Hospital in Quincy. Gary was born Sept. 27, 1937, in Macomb, a son of Aubra L. and Esther (Fleming) Vest. On May 19, 1961 he was united in marriage to Carol Galloway in Trinity Lutheran Church in Carthage. He attended Augusta High School graduating in 1955. He was a graduate of Gem City Business College and also several schools for banking. Gary served in the U.S. Army receiving his honorable discharge on February 28, 1966. Gary started his banking career at First National Bank in Carthage in April of 1961. He later was president and 40 year employee of the State Bank of Lima, retiring in 2007. He also was a member of the Board of Directors. Gary also served as president of the Lima-Tioga Fire Protection District Board and was instrumental in the construction of the new firehouse in Lima. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Carthage. He enjoyed woodworking, mechanics and big engines. Gary's greatest joy was his family. Gary is survived by his wife, Carol Vest of Lima; two daughters, Sarah (Gary) Donley of Mendon and Suzy (Gary) Holloway of Petersburg; five grandchildren, Jill, Thomas, and Adam Donley and Grant and Olivia Holloway; a sister, Evalie (Norman) Hare of Hannibal, Mo.; a sister-in-law, Janice Carson of Massillon, Ohio, and a brother-in-law, Dale (Edith) Galloway of Carthage; two nephews, David Carson of Hamilton, Ohio, and Scott Hare of St. Louis, Mo.; four nieces, Diana Hare of Springfield, Julie (Don) Woods of Medina, Ohio, Malyssa Galloway of DeKalb and Jacqueline Galloway of Macomb; and many cousins including Brian (Lynn) Fleming of Quincy, and great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; in-laws, Cleo and Grace Galloway; and a brother-in-law, Ephriam Carson. SERVICES: 10:30 a.m. today in Trinity Lutheran Church in Carthage. Burial with military rites was to be in Moss Ridge Cemetery, Carthage. VISITATION: Was held 4-8 p.m. Friday in the Printy Funeral Home, Carthage. MEMORIALS: Trinity Lutheran Church Endowment Fund. ARRANGEMENTS: Printy Funeral Home, Carthage. Condolences may be expressed online at www.whig.com.
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Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Jan. 23 to Jan. 25, 2011