Gary W. Champion, 73, of Chillicothe passed away on Thursday evening, January 13, 2022 at Grand View Alzheimer’s Special Care Center in Peoria.
Gary was born on May 5, 1948 in Princeton to Forrest W. and Esther Mae (Parrott) Champion. He married Sandra Kay Blumenshine on May 31, 1969 in Eureka.
Surviving is his wife, Sandra of Chillicothe, two daughters Kristi Sue (Dan) Davis of Monument CO and Jill Ann (John) Weck of Wheaton IL, one son Matthew Wayne (Amanda) Champion of Parkland FL, six grandchildren Madison Davis, Cameron Davis, Aiden Weck, Connor Weck, Gavin Weck, and Brady Weck, and a brother Alan (Roxy) Champion of Wyoming. He is preceded in death by his parents and stepfather Robert Rankin.
Gary worked as a computer analyst for 35 years with Caterpillar Tractor Company. He was also a Washington Police Officer from 1971 to 1974.
Gary enjoyed being outdoors tending to his garden and working in the yard. He was an avid NASCAR and Indy 500 fan. He liked driving his 2009 Mustang. He loved taking trips with his wife, spending time with his family and grandchildren. Gary also volunteered his time with Rescue 33 Ambulance Service.
Cremation has been accorded. A Celebration of Life will be held later. Memorials may be made in his name to the Alzheimer’s Association. Gary’s online memorial website may be viewed at www.weberhurdfuneralhome.com