Gary C. Moeller — O’Donnell-Cookson Life Celebration Home


Gary C. Moeller, 83, of Quincy, passed away at 4:15 pm Thursday, July 4, 2024, at his home in Quincy, IL.

Gary was the beloved son of Burl Clinton and Margaret (Toupnot) Moeller. His life was enriched when he married Sharon Morrison on April 29, 1982, at the Union United Methodist Church in Quincy. Their union was a testament to enduring love and partnership, with Sharon remaining by his side until his final day.

The proud father of Jennifer Mendez (Dave) of Gilbert, AZ, and Brent Moeller (Alicia) of Mendon, IL, Gary was also a doting grandfather to six grandchildren: Callie, Caitlyn, Carleigh, Tucker, Hunter, and Raeleigh. His sister, Sandra Schmidt (Jerry), sister-in-law, Shirley Gastler, and many nieces and nephews also survive him. Gary was preceded in death by his parents, his parents-in-law, Jessie and Betty Morrison, and his brother-in-law, Gale Gastler.

Gary’s work ethic was unparalleled. After graduating from Quincy High School, he honed his skills at a trade school in St. Louis before serving his country as an armorer in the United States Army, where he rebuilt guns with precision and care. He then embarked on a 32-year career at Gardner Denver as a Computer Controller. His dedication to work continued at Quincy University, where he served as a Circulation Supervisor for 18 years. He also delivered parts for O’Reilly’s Auto Parts before retiring in 2018.

Beyond his professional life, Gary was a man of many interests. He carried the rhythm of his high school Drum Corps days throughout his life, and his love for music found a home at the Crossing Church, where he was moved by the worship music. A history buff at heart, Gary could often be found absorbed in war movies and documentaries, and he had a particular fondness for John Wayne westerns. His loyalty extended to the sports world as a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals.

However, it was his role as a family man that truly defined him. Gary coached his children’s various sports teams, from basketball to football, imparting lessons of teamwork and perseverance. His love for his family was evident in the joy he took in spending time with his grandchildren and in the memorable family trips to places like the Alamo and the USS Lexington in Texas.

Gary’s presence enriched the lives of those around him, and his memory will be held in the hearts of his family, friends, and all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Friends and Family are invited to Gary’s Life Celebration at a visitation that will be Wednesday, July 10, 2024, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at O’Donnell-Cookson Life Celebration Home in Quincy, IL. A private graveside service will take place at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

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