Gary Dean Courter, 69, of Sherrard, died Monday, April 22, 2013, after complications from diabetes and a motor vehicle accident that occurred Friday, April 12. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday April 26, at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Milan. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Entombment will be in Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline. Memorials may be made to the Sherrard Fire Department or American Diabetes Association. Gary was born May 15, 1943, to Rolland and Shirley Ingram Courter. He graduated from Rock Island High School with the class of 1961. Mr. Courter was employed with the Rock Island Lines before joining the United States Army and was stationed in Germany. He worked for the Container Corporation of America before it changed to McMillan Bloedel, where he was employed as a machine repairman until it closed it's doors. Later he was employed by Servus Rubber, Rock Island. Since 2001, he assisted his wife with her daycare, Babes in Toyland. He married Sharon Lee Kelly on Nov. 16, 1968. They were married 44 years. They had two children, Gwendolyn Eileen in 1972 and Timothy Paul in 1974. Gary was an active member at Memorial Christian Church, where he served as a deacon, elder and youth group leader. He also was the Boy Scout leader for Troop 425 in Sherrard and was very proud to see his son reach Eagle Scout. He joined the Sherrard Fire Department and was very active for 37 years, serving as the training officer and later as captain. He dearly loved the fire department, including their fish frys, breakfasts and suppers. Mr. Courter also enjoyed watching the Mallard Hockey teams and was a season ticket holder with his wife since the first season. He is survived by his wife, Sharon "Sherry" Kelly Courter; daughter, Gwendolyn Courter, Sherrard; son, Timothy Courter, Schaumberg, Ill.; and a brother, William (JoAnn) Courter, Silvis. Gary was preceded in death by his parents; and many beloved aunts, uncles and cousins. Online condolences may be left for the family at wheelanpressly.com.
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1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business. 1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments. 1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace. 1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually. 1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area. 1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.