Gary Russel Revell, 68, peacefully passed away at home on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. The party with his beloved sister Helen Irvin and parents Howard and Ruby Revell can now begin.
His dear bride, Zoe, his sons Eric Revell (Sarah) and Chris Revell (Miah), his brother Raymond Revell (Sue), his brother in law Stan Irvin, his nephews Jason Searson (Amy), Steven Revell, Sam Beck, and Kian Beck his nieces Jami Smith (Jake), Raven Espinosa, and Keimi Beck, his grandson Henry Revell, his brothers in law Jeremy Beck (Christine), and Adam Beck (Megumi), and countless friends will join him at a later date.
If you knew Gary, you won’t need to read this. If you didn’t, you missed the time of your life.
A native of Tolono, born April 6, 1952, Gary was an electrician for 40 years, a decent golfer (how good can you be if you don’t carry a driver?), a fierce Illini supporter, and a life-long Cub fan. Ever young at heart, it was no surprise that Gary loved mentoring new electricians, coaching and umping Little League, and supporting his sons in all endeavors.
He loved to hit the road, be it months in Florida, weeks in Yellow Lake, Wisconsin or Boothbay Harbor, Maine, a few days in Robinson, Illinois or an afternoon in Brocton, Illinois. The annual “ham run” to Mr. Allison’s with stops at Ambrosino’s and Chebanse will not be the same.
Gary made daily rounds to his favorite watering holes. His boisterous laugh and generous heart quickly made strangers feel like friends, and friends feel like family. His shed was home to many neighbors where the beer was cold and the company warm. The best bloody Mary in town, known to all as Bloody Garys, will likely survive, but his magical Tom & Jerry batter may be lost forever.
Please join us Saturday, April 24th at 12:00 for graveside services at Bailey Cemetery in Tolono with Pastor Terry Strom officiating. Last call will be at the Elks Lodge in Savoy from 1-4:00 p.m. to celebrate Gary’s life the way he lived it – surrounded by family, friends and cold beer.
Memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Ronald McDonald House.
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