Gary L. Reis
Date of Birth
August 11, 1948
Date of Passing
October 22, 2023
Date, Time, & Place of Visitation
Sunday, October 29, 2023, 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Parish
Date, Time, & Place of Funeral
Monday, October 30, 2023, 9:30 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Parish
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 www.dukerandhaugh.com