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Gary Lawrence Sr.

September 20, 1950 ~ September 7, 2022 (age 71)
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Gary K. Lawrence Sr., 71, of Peoria, IL, passed away at 2:12 pm, Wednesday, September 7, 2022, at Unity Point Health Methodist in Peoria.

He was born on September 20, 1950, in Vandalia, IL, the son of Gerald and Gayle Jones Lawrence. He married the love of his life, Debra Johnson, on February 8, 1992, in Peoria. He served in the United States Army as a combat engineer and served in the Vietnam War.

Surviving is his wife, three sons; Gary Lawrence Jr., twins: Timothy Lawrence and Thomas Lawrence, and daughter Brenda DeSanty and her husband, Jeff. He is also survived by his stepchildren: David Closen, Deanna Closen, Darren Closen, and his wife Bridget, Douglas Closen, John Long, and Angela Long. Seventeen grandchildren also survive him. He is preceded in death by his brother Larry Lawrence, his wife Barbara, sister Sandra Wilson (Dave), and stepson Sean Long.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service is scheduled for 11:00 am on Monday. September 12. 2022, at Christ Lutheran Church in Peoria. Pastor Karl Eckhoff will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before his service. His funeral will be held at Camp Butler cemetery on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, at 2:00 pm. All memorials and flowers in his name can be sent to Christ Lutheran Church 2020 W. Malone, Peoria. IL 61605. Affordable Funeral & Cremation Services of Central Illinois is assisting the family with arrangements. To share a memory or send a condolence to his family, visit


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Memorial Visitation
September 9, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Christ Lutheran Church
2020 W. Malone St
Peoria, IL 61605

Memorial Service
September 9, 2022

11:00 AM
Christ Lutheran Church
2020 W. Malone St
Peoria, IL 61605


Camp Butler National Cemetery
5063 Camp Butler Road
Springfield, IL 62707

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