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 Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.