Gary’s life began Sept. 19, 1952, in Watervliet. He grew up in Watervliet where he lived most of his life and graduated high school.

Gary worked as a union brick layer for BAC Brick Layers for many years and then ran his own construction and concrete company. Outside of work Gary enjoyed following sports, especially the Cubs and NASCAR, and meeting up with his friends to talk sports. He also liked to shoot pool and play poker.