Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois

Gary Butler

Gary L. Butler, age 67, of Quincy, went to be with his Lord and Savoir, whom he loved with all his heart, on Friday, July 7, 2017, at 9:56 p.m. in his home.

Gary Butler | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, ILGary was born on September 21, 1949 in Quincy, a son of Jasper Chapman and Maurine Jenkins Butler. He married the love of his life and his best friend, Jean Felker, on June 9, 1996 in Canton, MO.

Gary served in the United States Army from February 1, 1968 until he was honorable discharged on December 16, 1970 after receiving permanently disabling injuries in Viet Nam. Before Gary entered the military, he had a promising career in baseball. Even though his injuries prevented him from playing, he still had a life long love of the game, and he encouraged and coached many young people. Gary especially loved Quincy Gems Baseball and he made it a priority to attend as many games as possible. Gary never had children of his own, but he did have many “adopted” children, and he loved working with kids.

In addition to his wife, survivors include: a step-daughter, Dawn (Kerry) Lepper of Quincy; a step son, Adam (Krista) Woodworth of Chicago, IL; three step grandchildren: Tyler and Alyssa Woodworth of Chicago, IL; and Allison Helton of Quincy; his adopted children, Lisa and Todd Reichert of Quincy; four adopted grandchildren: Dallas Launer; Ashley and Andy Sill; Alanna and Chris Willner; and Kodi Reichert, all of Quincy; an adopted great grandson and the love of his heart, Leeland Willner; two sisters: Barbara Janes of MO and Marilyn Shaffer of Quincy; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers: Jim, Leon, and Donnie Butler; a sister in law, Deanna Butler; and a brother in law, Gary Shaffer.

Services: 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 15, 2017, at Greenmount Cemetery.

Burial: Greenmount Cemetery with Full Military Honors by American Legion Post #37

Visitation: Private

Memorials: to Jean for funeral expenses


Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.



  1. Such a beautiful Tribute Jean. I know how much you loved Gary and how much he loved you. Always remember that and all your wonderful memories. Let our Lord and Savior help you though this. My heart hurts for you. Gary held on as long as he could. Now he is at peace. And not suffering any more and take comfort in knowing you will see him again when the time is right.

  2. Such a beautiful Tribute Jean. I know how much you loved Gary and how much he loved you. Always remember that and all your wonderful memories. Let our Lord and Savior help you though this. My heart hurts for you. Gary held on as long as he could. Now he is at peace. And not suffering any more and take comfort in knowing you will see him again when the time is right.

  3. Peaceful ,quiet with no more pain.
    I await the day i see you again.
    Heaven is beautiful
    Reminds me of you.
    Rest assured everyday you wake
    I am at peace everyday i pray.
    So many things I’d like to say
    I rest peacful knowing we will be together again one day.
    I know all the love that surrounds you will keep you warm.
    All the freinds and family i know will keep you safe.
    The veiw from here is beautiful
    I see can see everything its all so clear.
    I watch over you all everyday, with god by my side waiting for that day.
    Bit until then live your life at its fullest
    Live love enjoy to the fullest.
    Just remember just im always by your side..

  4. Jean. Our hearts are sad for you for, you were the best wife to Gary . Please except Tony and I condolances . We will be together soon. We love you. Please visit if u can. Xoxoxoxoxoxxoxo

  5. Dear Jean, with absolute heartfelt sympathy for you, Gary was one of a kind he is certainly going to be missed. I’m so glad you an Gary got visit briefly before you left FL, to go back to Illinois, when ever you and Gary came to visit Princess always wanted Gary to pet her, she just loved the guys..LOL. I’ll certainly be keeping you in my prayers, I’m glad your back in Quincy with family and friends, that right now your going to really need. Take care of yourself, Love & Prayers Always, RIP Gary you certainly deserve that, and Thank You for your service to out country, Love Always~~~Maine<3<3

  6. I know that your heart aches, and it will probably always do so. But seek peace in the great memories that you had with him, and remember that he’ll never leave your heart. And don’t be surprised if he reminds you occasionally that he’s watching over you in some of the little things in your life. I send my thoughts and prayers to you…your cousin Jerry.

  7. Jean, we are so very sorry that Gary is no longer here, but of course we know he is no longer in pain, and with his strong faith, he is in heaven. We know how much you loved your husband and were always in his corner, and were always his best earthly friend. Of course Jesus was his Rock and salvation. We know Gary has been ill for a long time, and one is never ready to “let go”, but we also know how strong your faith is, and so you know where Gary now is – and one day, you will be with him again. Nevertheless, tears will pour, memories will be bittersweet, and sometimes you will no doubt wish you could join him now. This is the way many of us grieve. Sometimes it is for a very long time, but that is okay. It is because you loved so deeply – and are so heartbroken and sad without him. I know what I’m talking about, Jean. Thinking and praying for you. Just keep leaning on the Trinity.

  8. Our God is an Awesome God…this is something Gary wanted everyone to know. He was such an inspiration to others, such a kind, gentle, and compassionate man. He will forever be in our hearts. Jean your love for one another was truly inspiring and I known it will continue to shine even after his passing. We love you so very much.

  9. Sadly, I never got to meet Gary in person, but feel like I knew him through his wonderful Christian spirit. If ever a man was loved and cared for, it was Gary. He and Jean had a love and respect for each other that is rare by today’s standards. I know it will be hard for you Jean, but I know the day will come when you two will be reunited for eternity. Until then, rest in the love of your friends and keep looking up. Love to you, Deb

  10. Jean you and Gary have been wonderful online friends through the years and although we’ve never met in person we do know each other well! I have earnestly prayed with all I had within me for Gary to recover and you all go about your lives together. But you know sometimes that just isn’t God’s plan He knew Gary was tired… Praying comfort, strength and God’s mercy for you in the days you’ll face.

  11. Jean, We are so sorry to here of Gary’s passing. He was a great guy and will be missed by all who knew him. We are not able to attend services, but wanted to let you know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and family. We have many fond memories of you and Gary and know that you will miss him dearly. Please know that we are thinking of you and your family. God Bless!

  12. The Lord will see you thru this till you meet again! I’m praying for strength and comfort for you and family! He was such a wonderful man and will be missed dearly! Love you jean

  13. Taking care of Gary in his home for the past three years has been an honor. He was such a kind, and easy going man. The love that Jean and Gary have in their marriage is truly inspiring. I love you both and I will miss Gary so very much. You’re in my thoughts and prayers Jean. I’m here if you ever need anything.

  14. Cousin Jean So sorry for your loss of Gary I remember taking care of Gary in the hospital It was good to see you both and reminisce about the old days We will be praying and thinking of you at this time

  15. Gary was a dear, sweet man and we shared many fun times with both Gary and Jean. He truly loved the Lord and is rejoicing with his Lord and Savior now . It has been a while since we have gotten together with Gary and Jean but we feel the loss and are praying for you, Jean. God be with you and comfort you at this time.

  16. Jean,
    I am so sorry to hear this news. You will be in my prayers. Hugs to you. Such a kind man.

  17. Jean, so sorry for your loss. May God grant you peace and comfort during your time of loss and sorrow.

  18. Jean, I am so sorry for your loss. May God wrap his loving arms around you. Fly high Gary. Stock’s

  19. I am so sorry for your loss. Although, we have not met, I feel like a part of your lives. God Bless you Jean, its a honor to know of both of you. Gary is at such peace now and in the loving hands of our Savior.

  20. Gary was a wonderful, caring man!! We are so sorry for your great loss!! I know you will see him again someday!! Luv n hugs, Jim, Kristy, and Lindsay May

  21. Gary was a very dear friend we shared our love for the Lord and enjoyed talking about how good our Lord is all the time. We had a great time ridding our motorcycles together in Florida. Gary and Jean came to our home here in Ohio, Amish Country, we had the best time visiting all the shops and stores. I never had a brother but Gary was definitely my brother. You will be missed my brother but would never want you to be in pain again, now you belong to Jesus and you are all healed and healthy. Love you buddy!

  22. So sorry for your loss Jean. Gary was a very special man as you well know. Thinking and praying for you during this difficult time.

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