Gary L. Reis

Gary L. Reis, age 75, of Quincy died on Sunday, October 22, 2023, in Blessing Hospital. Gary was born in Quincy on August 11, 1948, the son of Wilbert “Web” Reis and Mary (Kuchman) Reis-Schmidt. Gary married Maggie E. Dixon on July 17, 1976, in St. Francis Solanus Catholic Church, and she survives.

Gary was a perfectionist and worked hard throughout his life. He had worked as a switchman for the railroad, after which he was employed by Huck Fixture Co. and then worked at the Illinois Veteran’s Home until his retirement in 2010. Gary was a graduate of Quincy Senior High School.

He was proud to have served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War receiving several medals and citations for his service, including a Purple Heart. He and his three brothers were all thrilled to have gone on the Great River Honor Flight together.

Gary was dedicated to his faith and an active member of Blessed Sacrament Parish. He was always ready to help at the school or church as needed. In 2011, he participated in Quincy Cursillo, an experience he treasured.

Gary was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He had many interests, but at the top of his list was attending his children’s and grandchildren’s ballgames and activities. He loved teasing and joking with the grandkids and taking his granddaughter to either Wink’s or Carter’s after he picked her up from school. In his younger days, Gary played slow-pitch softball and pitched horseshoes in a league. He very much enjoyed mushroom hunting, fishing, taking care of his yard, hanging out in his “man cave,” feeding the birds, and playing with his dog, Caesar. He had a sweet tooth, and his favorite treat was cherry pie.

In addition to his wife Maggie, survivors include his children, Ryan Reis and his wife Molly; Tara Krueger, and Shane Reis and his wife Robin, all of Quincy. Five grandchildren, Lucas Reis; Brock and Brooklynne Krueger; Briella and Nixon Reis. Two brothers, Dan (Diane) Reis and Steve (Susie) Reis, and a sister-in-law Sharon Reis-Kuhlman all of Quincy. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son-in-law Steven Krueger, two brothers Bobby Reis and Rich Reis, a sister Darlene Williams, a sister-in-law Gayle (Angell) Reis, and a brother-in-law Gail Williams.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, October 30, 2023, at 9:30 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Parish. Inurnment will be in Sunset Cemetery with military honors by the American Legion Post #37 and the U.S. Army National Guard Honors Detail. Visitation will be Sunday from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Parish. Memorials are suggested to Quincy Notre Dame Foundation or to Great River Honor Flight. Service arrangements are with Duker & Haugh Funeral Home. Messages may be shared with the family at


  1. Dwight & Barb Seeley on October 24, 2023 at 4:39 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family over the loss of Gary.

  2. Mindy Martin - Parrick on October 24, 2023 at 7:16 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all He will be missed by all.

  3. Carolyn Bailey on October 24, 2023 at 9:36 pm

    We are so sorry for this loss!. Embrace the great memories you all had together. He will always be with you in spirit. We are here for you! You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Mark and Carolyn Bailey and Chance and family

  4. Susan Hiatt on October 25, 2023 at 2:40 am

    Dear Maggie, Tara and Family I’m so sorry for your loss. Gary was such a good guy and truly loved his family.

  5. Sandy & Chuck Polley on October 25, 2023 at 10:23 am

    Maggie , We are so sorry for your loss.. Chuck and I have you in our Hearts and Prayers. My God Be With You All.

    • Dory McNett on October 25, 2023 at 3:10 pm

      I’m so sorry Sweet Maggie. Your
      Gary was definitely one of the Good Guys. Seeing you two together through the years was an amazing example of true love!
      I love you my dear friend. Keeping you in my talks with Jesus. 💙

  6. Mary & Jim Fuller on October 25, 2023 at 11:02 am

    Maggie so very sorry for your loss. Prayers are with you and the children

  7. Damhorst Rita on October 25, 2023 at 2:57 pm

    Maggie, I’m so very sorry about Gary. I know you had a beautiful marriage & he will be missed. We both had great husbands & a long marriage. I hope you can cherish all the good memories. Sending prayers & strength to you.

  8. Shelli Hoffman on October 25, 2023 at 6:58 pm

    So very sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  9. Shelli Hoffman on October 25, 2023 at 7:05 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  10. Lonny Lemon on October 26, 2023 at 11:06 pm

    Ryan, Tara, and Shane:
    I was saddened to hear of your loss. I know your father loved you and your kids more than anything. I will pray that God gives you the strength you need in the days ahead, and that HE fills your hearts with only the great memories that you created, and shared with your dad. God Bless.

  11. Tim and Donna Lenane on October 27, 2023 at 5:30 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss.

  12. Rhonda Koch on October 28, 2023 at 11:22 am

    Maggie and family, I worked with you, Maggie, many years ago at St Mary’s hospital. I remember bowling with you and Gary, and how you tried several times to fix me up with one of Gary’s friends. I know Gary was the love of your life. You apparently created a beautiful family together. My prayer is that those memories will sustain you through this sad time. God bless your family. My deepest condolences. Rhonda (Obert) Koch

  13. Tom and Rhoda Wemhoener on October 29, 2023 at 8:38 am

    Maggie, we are so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers, we lift up to you and your family. We pray for God’s strength and peace in this time of sadness. God Bless!

  14. Angela Dixon Dick on October 29, 2023 at 12:46 pm

    Maggie and family…I am so sorry for your loss of Gary. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time of grief.
    With sincere condolences…Angela Dixon Dick
    (Maggie’s first cousin)

  15. Carolyn & Harold Turner on October 31, 2023 at 2:24 pm

    Maggie, so sorry to hear of your loss. Will be praying for you and the family.

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