January 19, 1948 – March 15, 2022
NORMAL – Gary W. Wester, 74, of Normal, IL, passed away peacefully on March 15, 2022 at the Hospice of the Golden Isles in Brunswick, GA.
Gary was born on January 19, 1948 in Kalamazoo, MI to Frederick and Dorothy (Dokey) Wester. He married Karen Boone on December 13, 1974 in Kalamazoo, MI. Gary graduated from Western Michigan University with a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences and a Master of Science in Computer Science. Gary taught at Waycross (GA) College and Illinois Wesleyan University and was a longtime employee of State Farm Insurance. Upon his retirement in 2010, he pursued his passion for watercolor and pastel painting.
Gary is survived by his wife, Karen; their three children: Heather (Rodger) Foltz of Chandler, AZ, Tennille (Kevin) McBride of Le Roy, IL, Chad Wester of Bloomington, IL; and his granddaughter, Svitlana McBride, stationed in Wiesbaden, Germany, with the U.S. Army. He is also survived by his brother, Mark (Liz) Wester of Aix-en Provence, France and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Susan (Jack) Shipe.
There will be a private memorial service for him at a later date. He loved dogs and cats which were an important part of his life. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Pet Central Helps of Normal, IL or an animal shelter of your choice.