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Gary Woolington

March 8, 2023

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Gary Lee Woolington, passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 8, 2023 in his home at the age of 76 in Decatur, Il. Gary was born on March 5, 1947, in Decatur, Il., the son of LaVerne and Rosella (Renfro) Woolington.

He was married to Sue his loving wife on September 28, 1989 in Decatur, Il. Gary graduated from Stephen Decatur High School in 1965 and served in the Army in Vietnam from 1967-1968. Gary began working in the printing industry at the age of 16, opening his own printing company alongside his son in law Mike Smith, Firehouse Press, in 1997, from which he retired in 2008. Gary was an avid go-kart racer in his teens and continued to love racing of all kinds. He was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Mt Zion. He loved to golf with his son Kyle, enjoyed the St Louis Cardinals,, bowling, watching movies with his daughter Michelle, spending time with his many grandchildren, and spending time at home with his loving wife of 33 years Sue.

Gary is survived by his wife Sue Woolington of Decatur, sisters Gloria Frantz and Laura Younger of Decatur, Children, Michelle (Cory) Matusas of Decatur, Kyle (Laura) Woolington of Decatur, Amy (Scott) Hartman of Oakley, Megan (Michael) Smith of Decatur, R.L. Lugari of Decatur, special friends Jason and Molly Summers of Mt Zion, Grandchildren, Ella Woolington, Mila Woolington, Tatum Williams, Laynee Williams, Brooklyn Matusas, Brett Matusas, Baylor Matusas, Nathaniel Smith, Elia Smith, Bryana Lugari, Leo Lugari, Liana Lugari, Gianna Lugari, Chastin Summers, Ashton Summers, Lily Summers, Grayson Summers, and Gracie Summers. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Gary lived by the quote: “One hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the type of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove, but the world will be different because I was important in the life of a child.”