Gary P. Hanks 71, of Whittier, CA passed away peacefully on May 12, 2021 in Whittier, CA.
A Celebration of Gary's Life will be held at the Salt Fork Center at Homer Lake on Tuesday July 13, 2021 from 3:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.. Please join us to celebrate Gary's life by sharing stories and memories about Gary with the family and friends.
Gary was born on March 16, 1950, in Champaign, the son of Chet and Myrl (Purselley) Hanks, and is survived by his wife of 31 years, Ana. He is also survived by his sister Sonja Hanks of Danville, nieces Alice Rice and Sarah Evans, nephews Jesse Evans and Joe Evans, 6 great-nephews, 3 great-nieces, 2 great-great-nephews, 2 great-great-nieces of Illinois; cousins Prudence Hungate of Westminster, CA, Clovis Hungate of New Mexico, Raleen Hungate of Oregon; mother-in-law Gloria Garduno, sisters and brothers-in-law, Gloria and Dan Hernandez, Rose and Chuck Anderson, nephew Daniel and niece Celeste, all from CA and lots more extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Gary retired from IT from the County of Los Angeles in CA. He grew up in the St. Joseph/Homer communities and developed long-lasting friendships with many in the area which he always cherished. He was a graduate of University High School, Normal, Illinois and attended the University of Illinois. Gary was a member of the California Association of Sunbeam Tiger Club (CAT) and the Corvette Club of Los Angeles and enjoyed engine rebuilding and design. He enjoyed sports especially basketball, riding motorcycles with buddies locally and in CA, dirt bikes with friends from Idaho, attending NHRA Drag Racing with his buddy Aaron Booher, and testing high-performance tires with his buddy Steve. Gary was very passionate about learning and researching his family’s genealogy and enthusiastically shared his findings with others. This led to the wonderful opportunity of meeting new-found family members in Indiana and across the country.
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