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PEORIA ~ Gary Homer Hamm, 84, of Peoria, passed away at 4:40 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.

He was born June 5, 1933 in rural Schuyler County to Clifton “Jack” and Nelda (Cluney) Hamm.  He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Henry “Hank” Barth.

Surviving are two sons, Mitchell (Melinda Tortat) Hamm of Peoria and Martin (Dianna) Hamm of High Ridge, Missouri; six grandchildren, Stefanie Honegger, Kiel Hamm, Keely Hamm, Madisen Hamm, Connor Hamm, and Cooper Hamm; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Darla Barth of Brimfield; and two brothers, Lyndon (Cindy) Hamm of Canton and Kirby (Mary) Hamm of Bartonville.

He attended Glen Oak Grade School and was a graduate of Woodruff High School, both in Peoria.

He was a United States Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War.

Gary worked out of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local #649 in Peoria, retiring after many years of service.

He was a member and past Master of Illinois Masonic Lodge #263 A.F. & A.M. in Peoria, Mohammed Shrine in Bartonville, and Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Peoria.

Gary was a Chicago Bears and St. Louis Cardinal’s fan.  In former years, he enjoyed hunting with his family, especially the duck hunting “down home”.  He enjoyed eating breakfast with his friends at the Garden Street Café and the infamous poker games with the Rex Radiator gang.  He was rough around the edges but had a heart of gold.

Masonic rites followed by his funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 27, 2017 in the Mausoleum at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria.  The Rev. John Vaughn will officiate.  Military rites will be accorded by the United States Marine Corps and American Legion Post #2 of Peoria.  Cigars and stories will be shared following services at AMVETS Post # 64, 237 Northeast Monroe Street, Peoria.

Arrangements are by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517.

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