MONTICELLO – Jeremiah D. "Jerry" Gard, 72, of Monticello died at 11:10 p.m. Tuesday (March 18, 2014) at Kirby Medical Center, Monticello.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 23, at Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello, with Masonic rites at 4 p.m.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. The Rev. Steve Ingram will officiate.
A graveside service and interment will be held at 1 p.m. Monday in Harrison Cemetery, West Union, Ill.
Jerry was born Nov. 6, 1941, in West Union, Ill., the son of Robert Eugene and Mildred Lorene (Stanfield) Gard. He married Ellen Marie Behnke on June 13, 1964, in Berea, Ohio.
Survivors include his wife, Ellen Gard of Monticello; daughters, Kelly (Wayne) Boerngen of Mason and Cynthia Gard of Monticello; and grandchildren, Jayson Gard, Jordan and Allyssa Boerngen.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Jerry served as senior vice president for the National Bank, Marine Bank, and Banc One of Monticello.
He graduated from Berea High School, Berea, Ohio, in 1959, the University of Illinois in 1963 with a degree in agricultural finance, and the Northwestern Trust School.
Jerry was a member of the Monticello Masonic Lodge No. 58 AF&AM, the Bloomington Consistory, the Ansar Shrine, the Decatur Shrine Club and the First Christian Church of Monticello.
Jerry was a former member of the Monticello Rotary Club, Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, Woodlawn Country Club and the Decatur Ski Club.
Jerry served as a director and originator of Tatman Village, director of the Monticello Grain Company, director of the local chapter of the Robert Morris Association and Illinois Bankers Association and treasurer of Phi Sigma Epsilon Alumni Association. He also served in the National Guard.
Jerry loved to hunt, fish, go boating, snowmobiling, and spending time with his family and friends.
Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, the Animal Hospital of Monticello or the ASPCA.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com.