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Gary W. Thorpe, age 85, of Peoria, passed away peacefully on November 11, 2016, at Unity Point Proctor Hospital in Peoria.
He was born on June 2, 1931, in Alton, IL. Gary was the only child of Edward and Hazel Thorpe. They preceded him in death. He married Patricia (Smith) on August 11, 1951. She preceded him in death.
Gary is survived by his two daughters, Shelley Thorpe of Peoria and Sandy Thorpe (Lisa) of Burnsville, NC. He is also survived by one grandchild, Jason Gama (Katie) of Dunlap and four great-grandchildren, Ella, Drew, Faith and Molly Gama.
Gary was a natural athlete and played football at Mt. Vernon Township High School, Iowa State University, and for the Air Force All-Star team when he served in the Korean War.
Gary started his career as a junior executive at Caterpillar in Peoria. He and two co-workers left CAT to buy a Mr. Donut franchise in 1960. One store grew into a four-store operation in Peoria. Following that endeavor, Gary took over Business Service Associates, an accounting business which he owned and operated for 30 years.
Published on December 12, 2016
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