Bloomington - Gary Wilcox, 48, of;Bloomington, peacefully passed away at 9:30 p.m. at his home;surrounded by his loving family and friends, after a year long;courageous battle with cancer.;His funeral will be held at noon on;Monday, April 28, 2014 at Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home in;Bloomington with Pastor Isaac Hayes officiating. Visitation;will be from 10:00 - 12:00 p.m. on Monday prior to the;service at the memorial home.;Interment will be at Hopewell;Cemetery in Downs. Memorials may be made to OSF St. Joseph;Medical Center Hospice or Community Cancer Center.;Gary was born on March 30, 1966 in;Bloomington, a son of Clarence Gary and Linda Kletz Wilcox.;He is survived by his mother, Linda;Wilcox of Bloomington, IL, a brother, John Wilcox of Naples, FL, a;sister, Becky Meredith of Leroy, IL, a grandson Jaylen Hayes of;Bloomington, IL, two nieces, Brittany Wilcox and Hillary Gardella;two great nieces, June and Nora, all of Naples, FL, and;grandmother, Virginia Kletz of Leroy, IL, and many cousins, aunts;and uncles.;Preceding him in death are his;wife, Sonja Wilcox, father, Gary Wilcox, grandfather, Robert Kletz;and Grandparents, Clarence and Marguerite Wilcox.;Gary graduated from University High;School in Normal in 1984. He lived the majority of his life;in his hometown of Bloomington, but he also resided in Florida for;many years.;Gary had a diverse work;background. The job he enjoyed the most was at WSI in Naples;FL, where he spent 1 1years as a heavy equipment operator and;dispatcher. Gary was the ultimate outdoors man and a skilled;taxidermist whose passion was hunting, fishing and communing with;nature. One of his favorite pastimes was to take a drive;around Lake Evergreen to spot deer and turkeys.;In his last few months, it was his;priority to assure his family would be taken care of in the;future. During this precious time, Gary purposely spent;individual time with each person he loved.;Gary was a humble and gentle giant;who greeted everyone with a beautiful smile and a kind word.;Gary always stated, "Family is everything". He loved them;all, and knows that they loved him, and nothing can take that;away.;He gave so much in this life and;expected so very little in return.