In Memory of

Gary Whitman

Full Name: Gary G Whitman
Date of Birth: June 17, 1954
Date of Death: August 20, 2018
August 24, 2018 - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM - Henry-Lange Memorial Home Lewistown
Service Information:
August 25, 2018 - 11:00 AM - Henry-Lange Memorial Home Lewistown

Lewistown- Gary G. Whitman, 64, of rural Lewistown, passed away at 8:29 AM Monday August 20, 2018 at Graham Hospital Emergency Room.

He was born June 17, 1954 at Canton, the son of Harold Leslie and Marilie (Guilliams) Whitman. He married Sandra Ulrich on May 11, 1974 at Peoria. She survives along with his mother, Mary Whitman of rural Lewistown, one son, Jeremy (Toni) Whitman of Metamora, one daughter, Amy Whitman of Peoria, three grandchildren, Kenzie, Jace, and Nash, two brothers, Larry (Tyrrell) Whitman of Lewistown, and Randy (Carla) Whitman of Peoria, one sister-in-law, Judy Whitman of Canton, his mother-in-law, Josephine Ulrich of Peoria, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, one son, Matthew Whitman, one brother, Clyde “Bill” Whitman, and his father in law, Louie Ulrich.

Gary retired from the Fulton County Highway Department. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lewistown. He was a supporter of St Jude and the Cancer Society, and was an avid Cubs and Bears fan. He enjoyed farming, fishing, and ice cream, but most of all, he enjoyed spoiling and being with his grandchildren. Gary was a do it yourself repair man who always said he could fix anything except the crack of dawn and a broken heart. He was affectionately known for his kind heart, impeccable sense of humor, quick wit, and famous one-liners. Gary didn’t know a stranger and was loved by everyone that knew him.

Services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday at Henry-Lange Memorial Home in Lewistown, where visitation will be held Friday from 5-7 PM. Burial at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lewistown. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Gary Whitman memorial Fund c/o Havana National Bank or St. Jude Children’s Hospital or the American Cancer Society. To view Gary’s life tribute video or to send condolences visit

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From: Greg FieldsAug 21 2018 3:23PM
Words cannot express how shocked and deeply saddened we all feel.  Gary had such a big heart and truly cared about people, especially his family.  His loss leaves such a void.  We love him and will miss him dearly!
From: Shirley IrwinAug 21 2018 3:37PM
So very sorry to hear this sad news. Everyone is going to really miss Gary. Seems like you could always run into him at one store or another. It was good to see him around, though. Just wanted to let you know that Denny and I are thinking of you all and offer our condolences and our prayers.
From: Cecelia Immegart MayerAug 21 2018 4:15PM
May you find peace in the love of those who loved you and Gary.  Our prayers are with you and your family during this painful time. Love you, Sandy.
From: Brandi (Cox) MitchellAug 21 2018 4:25PM
This man was one of a kind. He had the warmest heart and brightest smile. He was a dad to many of us on the weekends growing up and he always greeted me with a hug and kiss on the cheek when he seen me! I just seen him in Kroger’s last week shopping, I wish I could have visited with him longer. He definitely didn’t know a stranger and was quick to pull a joke. He was your friend in 30 seconds if you didn’t know him already throughout your life time. Lived life to the fullest and loved his family unconditionally. Many, many prayers and comforting thoughts to Sandy, Amy, Jeremy, Mary, his beloved grand-babies  and all the extended families as you go into these coming days and months ahead! He was truly loved by all! He was quick to find Matthew up there in heaven waiting on him to squeeze for a long time. RIP Gary there will never be another man like you! ??
From: DwayneAug 21 2018 4:29PM
My heart is broke beyond measure to lose my best friend. Gary was my brother in my Heart. He never had a cross word and didn't know a stranger, and would drop everything if you needed him. My life is a lot less fuller now that he has crossed into Heavens warm hand. Now there is no pain. My heart go out to Sandy, Amy, Jeremy and all friends and family. Until we me again brother I Love You
From: Judy&Don howardAug 21 2018 4:46PM
Gary never knew a stranger. He had a smile for everyone and always asked after everyone. He is one of a kind will miss his smile and wave. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this hard time.
From: Toni Barr LutrickAug 21 2018 5:07PM
I Love You All !  Have Been friends with  Gary most of my Life. I feel A Family Connection to you all, and My Heart  is Broken for You. I Know  his Dad, Mathew, Bill, Louie, and My MARCY, were sure Glad he showed up. Along with many Others. Love, Hugs, and Prayers from  Toni, Darcy, and  and Ronnie Lutrick
From: Bill and Sahron AckleyAug 21 2018 5:24PM
So sorry to hear about Gary. Prayers for all the Family!
From: Toni Barr LutrickAug 21 2018 5:28PM
I am HeartBroken for My Dear Friend Sandy. Gary was a Very special person. We have Been friends almost our Whole Life. Darcy called him her Boyfriend since she was about 4yrs old. And Would Tease Sandy about it.. We are Sad, But I know there was a Big Welcome PArty in Heaven.  Mathew, Bill, Hiis Dad, My Marcy, they are all Very Happy. Makes Heaven a Little Sweeter Today....Love, Hugs, Hugs, and Prayers
From: Beverly Brooks-AshleyAug 21 2018 5:39PM
Sandy, Mary, Larry, and Randy, I'm so very sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.  He will be missed.
From: Tammy KemAug 21 2018 6:30PM
So sorry to hear this sad news! Gary was such a nice man. My thoughts & prayers are with the whole family. Love ya guys!
From: Craig W. MillerAug 21 2018 6:45PM
I am extremely saddened by the news of Gary's passing.My sincere condolences to his family and friends. He was a great guy.
From: Loretta Mummert Aug 21 2018 7:08PM
Sandy we are so sad to hear about Gary.He was a good Freind and wonderful guy to have worked with.. we had a lot of fun and we were known to have a cry once in awhile! I know you all will miss him so much hugs! Bob and Rett
From: Rick and KATHY HellerAug 21 2018 7:20PM
We are both so sorry for his pAssing! We met in 72 at SRC and have always thought of him as a kind and caring family man. We are praying for Sandy and the family, but have no words for the passing of a great guy!
From: DeeVon Mummert-SchislerAug 21 2018 7:58PM
So very to hear of Gary’s passing. He was always a friendly soul who cared about so many. He worked at IDOT with my parents. He was so loved by so many people. You all in in my thoughts & prayers in this tragic time.
From: Bill StephensAug 21 2018 8:36PM
I am very sorry to hear this about Gary. I truly enjoyed working with him and considered him a friend. He will be missed.
From: Jim Debi morganAug 21 2018 9:54PM
we Were so sad to hear of Gary passing.  We have always thought so much of him and Sandy.  Sorry we are gone and can’t be there to give a hug to you. But please know we are prayers for all of you. He so LOVED his family ????
From: Lorenda SpilkerAug 21 2018 10:49PM
Our sincere sympathy to the family of Gary Whitman. He was good caring friendly man. Always smiling and laughing. He hug you and say " How are you, dear friend?" We as everyone else will miss you Gary. You are with God now. We shall miss you dear friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sandy and the entire family. Sincere sympathy, Alvin and Lorenda Spilker.
From: Jonelle (May) SchaubleAug 21 2018 11:02PM
Gary was never without a smile and a friendly word to everyone. He was a friend to all. Thoughts and prayers to his family.
From: David HallAug 22 2018 1:27AM
Growing up without a Catholic church in Cuba, we traveled to Lewistown every Sunday for services. One of the best things about that was getting to know the Whitman Family. What a great group of people! So sorry to hear about Gary's passing and others before him. Our condolences to the entire family, you're in our thoughts and prayers.
From: Everett and Rosie DidenAug 22 2018 6:10AM
Thinking of Gary and how much he will be missed by so many.  We just lost one of the good ones f! Sympathy to all his loved ones.
From: Tom PogemanAug 22 2018 8:54AM
Sorry for your loss our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. I worked with Gary he was a very compassionate and caring person.
From: Donna ShirleyAug 22 2018 10:18AM
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Gary Whitman family. Gary was a kind, compassionate man who loved people. He will be missed!  Mike and Donna Shirley
From: Teresa ProsserAug 22 2018 10:44AM
We are so sorry to hear of your loss.  Our thoughts are with you and your family .  

Tom and Teresa Prosser
From: Ron & Chris PhillipsAug 22 2018 1:31PM
So sorry to hear about Garry. Always had a smile and a kind word .  He will be missed by  all.
From: Jan HannamAug 22 2018 3:27PM
So sorry to hear of Gary's passing.  We loved seeing him coming in to get his ice cream at Dairy Dream.We will miss seeing him.
From: Bonnie RileaAug 22 2018 7:42PM
So sorry to hear this. He was a great guys and will be missed. Prayers to the family and friends.
From: Dan & Cathy GasparovicAug 22 2018 8:04PM
We are so sorry to hear of your loss.  We always enjoyed talking with Gary when we were back home and ran into to him.  All of you and your entire family are in are in our thoughts and prayers.
From: Tom and Bonnie GriersonAug 22 2018 10:30PM
Sandy and family, our sincere sympathy. May you feel God’s comfort and peace at this difficult time.
From: Anna ParkinsonAug 22 2018 10:33PM
We are so sorry to hear about Gary. We was a great guy. Our prayers go to the family. Ralph & Anna Parkinson
From: Debbie TaylorAug 22 2018 11:12PM
My heart goes out to Sandy, Amy and Jeremy. To know Gary was to love Him . Every time He saw me he'd ask " Hows my girl ?" Meaning my daughter Ashley. My heart is crushed at this unexpected devastating loss to many, especially Sandy and Amy. Love you all and prayers of love and comfort from all that love you and Gods calming presence to be felt.
From: Lindsey BehrendsAug 22 2018 11:52PM
So sorry for your loss! What a Great, Kind hearted, man he was!  Your family will be in our prayers.
Big hugs Sandy!
The Behrends - Holstlaw family
From: Nancy & Steve HaveraAug 23 2018 5:36PM
We were devastated to hear the sad news of Gary's passing.  He was such a great guy and his spirit will live on in us all.  Someone told me just last night that she saw him enjoying ice cream on Sunday.  May we all enjoy each moment as he did.  We are very sorry not to share with you the last celebration of his life but will be with our dear granddaughter who, through many miracles, just turned five.  We will be sending our thoughts and prayers and love.  Nancy & Steve Havera
From: Wes and LindaAug 23 2018 6:24PM
Randy and family...we were sadden to hear the passing of your brother Gary.  Our prayers go out to you all during this difficult time.
From: Jane WilliamsAug 23 2018 8:02PM
I am so sorry to hear this. All my thoughts and prayers go out to Gary's family.  Gary has been my little buddy since he was in  kindergarten and he and Larry would sit with me every morning on the bus.  So many great memories.
From: Garry and Brenda GoettAug 23 2018 9:10PM
So sorry for your loss.  Gary was a remarkable man,husband and  father.  We will keep you in our prayers.  
From: Greg & Marla HollowayAug 23 2018 9:50PM
Our thoughts and prayers are with Sandy and the all the family in the loss of such a great person.  Just a few weeks ago I was fortunate to spend a little time with Gary and Sandy and so glad I did.  Talking with Gary it was like he had no worries, happy as could be and thankful for his family.  Of course, that was Gary.  Gary will be missed but the memories we share will be with us forever.  God Bless.  
From: John NewlunAug 24 2018 9:16AM
I am sorry for your loss. Your whole family will be in our thoughts and Prayers !
From: Dan and Julia PryorAug 24 2018 10:01PM
Sending sympathy and prayers from our family to yours. Fond memories of shared happy times at Blackburn. May God bless your family.
From: Dick & Carol WellAug 25 2018 6:15AM
Sandy, Amy, Jeremy you have our families deepest sympathy your husband and Dad was a wonderful man.  He would always ask me how Carol was doing after she had her bout with breast cancer never concerned about his self.  He was loved by everyone in our community and will be missed by everyone.
From: Peggy MalottAug 28 2018 8:44PM
Prayers and hugs to all of you. May God give you all comfort and wrap his loving arms around your family. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Bob & Peggy Malott
From: Sharon (Nebergall) BossermanSep 12 2018 5:22PM
My sympathies to the families!  Remember to keep the good memories of Gary close to your heart!  Prayers!
Sharon (Nebergall) Bosserman

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