Gary Dean Courter, 69, of Sherrard, died Monday, April 22, 2013, after complications from diabetes and a motor vehicle accident that occurred Friday, April 12. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday April 26, at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Milan. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Entombment will be in Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline. Memorials may be made to the Sherrard Fire Department or American Diabetes Association. Gary was born May 15, 1943, to Rolland and Shirley Ingram Courter. He graduated from Rock Island High School with the class of 1961. Mr. Courter was employed with the Rock Island Lines before joining the United States Army and was stationed in Germany. He worked for the Container Corporation of America before it changed to McMillan Bloedel, where he was employed as a machine repairman until it closed it's doors. Later he was employed by Servus Rubber, Rock Island. Since 2001, he assisted his wife with her daycare, Babes in Toyland. He married Sharon Lee Kelly on Nov. 16, 1968. They were married 44 years. They had two children, Gwendolyn Eileen in 1972 and Timothy Paul in 1974. Gary was an active member at Memorial Christian Church, where he served as a deacon, elder and youth group leader. He also was the Boy Scout leader for Troop 425 in Sherrard and was very proud to see his son reach Eagle Scout. He joined the Sherrard Fire Department and was very active for 37 years, serving as the training officer and later as captain. He dearly loved the fire department, including their fish frys, breakfasts and suppers. Mr. Courter also enjoyed watching the Mallard Hockey teams and was a season ticket holder with his wife since the first season. He is survived by his wife, Sharon "Sherry" Kelly Courter; daughter, Gwendolyn Courter, Sherrard; son, Timothy Courter, Schaumberg, Ill.; and a brother, William (JoAnn) Courter, Silvis. Gary was preceded in death by his parents; and many beloved aunts, uncles and cousins. Online condolences may be left for the family at wheelanpressly.com.
Today is Wednesday, March 12, the 71st day of 2014. There are 294 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Soldiers from the barracks on the Arsenal manage to elude the vigilance of the guard nearly every day and come to town armed. In the hands of excited and perhaps intoxicated men, these weapons are dangerous. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Manufacturing's merchants and professional men of Moline were petitioning the Western Union Telegraph company to establish a telegraph office in the business area of the city. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Three Rock Island students, the Misses Eleanor Cleaveland, Dorothy McCabe and Ruth West, escaped injury when fire destroyed College Hall at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War gave a party for William H. Stremmel, the only survivor of John Buford Post 243, GAR. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The East Moline Grade School Board of Education last night granted salary increases totaling about $47,000 to teachers and staff members. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Five champion spellers from the Rock Island/Milan School district were selected after competition this week at Modern Woodmen of America. Winners are Sarah Cottay, Christopher Gilbrich, Jared Vogele, Kedric Roper and Kenny Stevenson.