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Gary E. Huffman

August 29, 1954 ~ May 28, 2023 (age 68) 68 Years Old


Gary E. Huffman, 68, of Pekin, passed away on May 24, 2023, at 12:20 pm, at Carle Health Methodist in Peoria surrounded by his family. He was born on, August 29, 1954, in Peoria to George and Wilma Barrett Huffman. He married Tamala Rybolt on May 26, 1998, she survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Meghan Huffman of Clearwater, FL., and Alyssa (Max) Bottenberg of Wyoming, IL, one stepdaughter, Kassandra Schaefer (Marseille Dunn) of Kewanee, IL two stepson’s David (Erica)Long of Elmwood, IL., and Jason (Ashley) Long of Metamora. Also surviving are three, sister’s Sharon (Ed) McGarvey of Arizona, Marilyn (Darrel) Issac of Easton, IL., and Mary Mitchell of Elmwood, two brothers, Glenn (Jurretta) Huffman of Princeville, Il., and Richard (Dorothy)Huffman of Chillicothe, IL, One half-brother William (Inga)Huffman of CA, 11 grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. One sister, Shirley Huffman of Dunlap, one brother, Larry Huffman of Princeville and one daughter Melissa “Missy” preceded him in death.

Gary spent his professional career as a Mechanic and Rat Hole Driller in Oklahoma. He was retired from Roese Contracting. He was a hardworking and dedicated employee, always ready to lend a helping hand to his colleagues. His strong work ethic and commitment to his trade earned him the respect and admiration of his peers.

Gary was a man of many interests, and he found great joy in exploring his passions. He loved riding motorcycles, feeling the wind in his hair as he cruised down the open road. His love for the outdoors also extended to grilling out, where he would often be found cooking up delicious meals for his family and friends. Fishing was another favorite pastime of Gary's; he enjoyed the tranquility of being on the water and the thrill of reeling in a big catch.

When he wasn't outside, Gary could often be found playing board games and dice with his loved ones. He had a competitive spirit and a quick wit, making game nights a lively and entertaining affair. His laughter and good-natured teasing will be dearly missed by all who had the pleasure of playing with him.

Gary was a man who was liked and loved by all who knew him. He had a genuine warmth and kindness that drew people to him, and he was always willing to lend a listening ear or a shoulder to lean on. His compassionate nature and gift for connecting with others left a lasting impact on everyone he encountered.

In the face of adversity, Gary remained strong and resilient. He faced life's challenges head-on, and his courage and determination will continue to serve as an inspiration to those who were fortunate enough to know him.

As we remember Gary, we celebrate the life he lived and the love he shared with those around him. His memory will live on in the hearts and minds of all who were blessed to know him. May he rest in peace, knowing that his legacy will continue to inspire and uplift those who follow in his footsteps.

Cremation Rites have been accorded.  Private family services will be held at a later date.  Affordable Funeral & Cremation Services, Peoria is assisting the family with arrangements. To share a memory or send a condolence to his family, visit

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