Gary Steury Obituary, Death – Gary Lee Steury, a resident of Mount Vernon, Illinois, passed away at the SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon at 6:12 pm on Saturday, December 3, 2022. Charles and Garnet Steury were his parents, and he was born on April 27, 1958 in Las Cruces, New Mexico. On October 10, 2010, Gary wed the woman who would become the love of his life, Janis (Martin) Steury, in Laughlin, Nevada, when they were standing in the Colorado River.
He was held in high esteem by his family and friends during his whole life, which spanned 64 years, 7 months, and 6 days. Everyone who had the privilege of knowing Gary will mourn his passing deeply. He never missed an opportunity to assist a friend or member of his family who was struggling. Everyone in the world is better off because of Gary’s contributions. Gary Steury is survived by his most beloved wife, as well as his father, Charles Steury and his wife, Shirley, all of Fairfield, Illinois; his mother-in-law, Carol Martin of Mount Vernon, Illinois; two bonus sons, David Pitman (Shawnee) of Valparaiso, Indiana, and Richard Harper of Geff, Illinois; three brothers, Mark Steury (Jonnie) of Geff, Illinois, Earl Steury (significant other, Katie Daniel
Gary’s son, Charles David Steury, as well as his mother, Garnet Beaulieu Steury, his father-in-law, Richard Martin, his brother and sister-in-law, Edgar and Diana Steury, and his brother-in-law, Randy Eblin, all passed away before him. Gary’s mother was also named Garnet Beaulieu Steury. Seventeen of Gary’s working years were spent at the Jefferson County Highway Department. After that, he worked as a qualified master mechanic technician for the City of Mount Vernon Fleet Services for the next fourteen years, until he finally retired from that position. After that, I went back into the employment at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, where I was employed for almost five years. Throughout the course of his career, he was also employed by a number of different private contractors.
To say that Gary enjoys activities such as fishing, swimming, hunting, and camping is an understatement. To name just a few of these activities: He was always looking for opportunities to spend time outside, whether it was paddling a boat on the lake or chopping wood for a campfire. Carley Jordan, who is his niece, and he have a very close relationship, and he has instilled in her an appreciation for nature that is comparable to his own. He had a deep and abiding affection for his grandchildren and took great pleasure in accompanying them on all of their exploits. Gary had a strong passion for exploring other parts of the country.
Gary was a former Chaplain of the American Legion in Bluford, Illinois, and served as Senior Deacon in the Masonic Lodge 31 in Mount Vernon, Illinois. Gary was also a member of the Masonic Lodge 31. A very particular thank you goes out to my brother’s sister-in-law, Gayle Eblin, for always being available to help with anything and everything that was required. Another very particular thank you goes out to our good friends Deb and Chris Carson, who looked after our fur baby when we couldn’t do it ourselves. A particular thank you goes out to the majority of the selfless and compassionate members of the SSM community who looked after Gary during his illness.
An event to celebrate the life of the deceased will be held on Monday, December 12 at the Cedarhurst Center for the Arts Museum in Mount Vernon, Illinois, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. There will be some remarks at five o’clock.