DEWEY – Gary D. Darling, 69, of Dewey passed away at 11:25 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 3, 2012) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
He was born in Champaign on Aug. 5, 1943, to Donald and Betty Darling. He married Jan Weber in Champaign on July 15, 1962.
Surviving are his mother, Betty Darling of Champaign; his loving wife, Jan, of Dewey; two sons, Jeff (Gina) Darling and Darian (Kristin) Darling, both of Fisher; one daughter, Lisa (Rockey) Dalton of Mansfield; five grandchildren, Danielle Hamerlinck, Dustin Darling, Tyler Darling, Payton Darling and Mackenzie Darling; and one sister, Rhonda (Charlie) Danner of Metamora.
Gary worked for Sullivan Chevrolet (Sullivan-Parkhill), retiring after 47 years. He loved his job and co-workers. His family thought he was mechanically brilliant and could fix anything.
Gary loved being with his family, friends, working hard and helping others. When Gary got sick with cancer he embraced his illness with a positive "can do" attitude and made every day his best.
He was an active member of the Mount Vernon United Methodist Church for almost 50 years and a member of the Illini Collector Car Club.
The family would like to thank all of his great friends and neighbors for a life full of happy memories, compassion and love. We would also like to thank all of the Carle doctors and caregivers for all of their excellent care and compassion.
We have lost our forever hero, but heaven is getting an ace mechanic.
Until we meet again, with much love from family and friends: We Love You, Gary.
A memorial visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 13, at Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, 2201 CR 900 E, Champaign, IL 61822, with a Memorial Celebration of Life to begin at noon.
Memorials may be directed to Mount Vernon United Methodist Church or to the St. Jude Children's Hospital.
Morgan Memorial Home, Savoy, is handling arrangements.