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.
Today is Wednesday, Aug. 20, the 232nd day of 2014. There are 133 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana. 1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.