Gary Lee Drees 72 of Beecher City, IL, passed away at 7:51 PM Monday Mar. 15, 2010 in St. Anthony’s Hospital in Effingham, IL.

Gary was born June 22, 1937 at Beecher City, IL, the son of Johon Bernard and Marian Lee Hopper Drees.

He married Toni Lurose Helton June 2, 1957.He later married Joyce Brewbaker on Aug. 15, 1986 in Vandalia, IL.

Gary was a group leader at Fedders Corp. in Effingham, IL for 40 and 1/2 years until his retirement.

He was an outdoorsman who loved to hunt, fish, trap shoot, cut wood and hunt mushrooms.

Surviving are his wife Joyce; children: Tina Rubino and husband David of St. Louis, MO, Craig Drees of Beecher City and Stacy Barnes and husband Bill of Taylorville, IL; step–children: Brad Denton and friend Kathy of Salem, ILand Sherry Shamhart and husband LaVerne of Wheeler, IL; grandchildren: Brandon Yocum, Jared Yocum and wife Ashley , Lindsey Stillwell and husband James, Emily Barnes, Henry Barnes and Leana Barnes; step-grandchildren: Kendra Denton, Jacob Denton, Dalton Denton, Megan Denton Brittany Shamhart, Blake Shamhart and KyLee Denton; great granddaughter: Hali Yocum; sister Kathleen Knapp and husband Delane of Beecher City; brothers- in-law and sister-in-law: Max Buzzard of Beecher City, Keith Howell of Decatur and Betty Dress of Beecher City; aunt Mary Hopper of Beecher City; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, step-son Michael Denton, sisters Violet Howell and Lucy Buzzard and brother Bernard Drees.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM Friday Mar. 19, 2010 in Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Beecher City.Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 PM Thursday.Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery, near Beecher City.Memorials: Donor’s Choice.

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