Gary John Rubly – 63


Gary John Rubly, age 63, passed away suddenly on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017 in his home. Born on Feb. 28 ,1954 to James Richard Rubly and Martha (Drees) Rubly. Graduated from Boylan Central Catholic High School class of 1972. Gary was a life-long farmer, most recently in Forreston, Il. He loved hunting, fishing, and working outdoors. He always had time to lend a hand to anyone in need . His sense of humor was infectious. He will be sincerely missed by all who knew and loved him.
Survivors include sisters: Joyce[Dale] Bland, Nancy Mckee, and Jan[Tony] Steward.. 2 aunts, Margaret Rubly, and Anna Jean Drees. Numerous cousins and nieces and nephews. Special friends, Mark Michalak, David Ames, John, Shelly, and Melissa Bokker, Dan Miller, Renee and John Ludwig, and many other good friends.
Predeceased by his parents.
Memorial service will be held Saturday November 4, 2017 at 11:30 A.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Josh Ehrler officiating. Visitation will be held Saturday November 4, 2017 from 10:30 A.M. until service time in Finch Funeral Home.

10 thoughts on “Gary John Rubly – 63”

  1. So sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. We were kids together on Sawyer Road. I have many fond memories of neighborhood baseball games, riding bikes, “hunting butterflies”, just hanging out. Gary turned from playing with plastic farm animals to a real life farmer. I am so glad that he got to live his childhood dream. Time passes too quickly. May God Bless.

  2. Gary and i spent many a day in the Boylan High School cafeteria contemplating life as young men. We hunted together and exchanged stories of our great conquests yet to come. As it often happens, we lost touch after high school and went our separate ways. Was glad to hear he stayed close to nature and the great outdoors. Mostly glad to hear he was surrounded by loved ones and lived the life he dreamed of. Rest in peace ole high school buddy.

    Dan Shumate
    Boylan High School 1968-1972

  3. I’ve so many “Happy Memories” with Gary. Many from the 90’s when he “Man”sat Uncle Dale so I could go get my hair done and go shopping. He would always carry the grocories in for me. Many don’t know Gary & I had “Our” favorite Bible verse, John 3:16. He was a hard worker, a helper, and always happy!!! My favorite nephew! Love your Aunt Margaret

  4. This was such a shock. Gary was like the big brother I never had. We grew up a couple blocks apart so the “Rubly’s”, (Gary, Jan, Sheila, and I), played softball against the neighborhood kids. We rode bikes, sometimes to bowling alley. Our dad’s would take us out to the farm to target shoot, sometimes trap-shoot. He was a great hunter and I loved his canned meat. He was a good cook, too. Gary was such a help to my parents. He helped with dad, mowed, shoveled snow, and was there when we had to clear everything out of the building after dad died. Such a hard worker and good friend not only to me but to many. I’ll miss hearing his voice and his laugh. Love you cousin. If there’s hunting in heaven, he’s hunting with his dad, (my Uncle Jim), and my dad Dale. You are so missed already! RIP Cousin Gary.

  5. What a horrible loss this was. Gary or “Rubly” as we called him has known me since the day i was born. He taught me so much as i got older how to butcher and trap shoot. Shooting will never be the same as i wont have someone standing behind me telling me what i did wrong and why i missed that clay pigeon or his famous “there must be something wrong with this gun” then shoot it to turn around and say, ” it’s the shooter the gun is fine”. He was a second dad to me and my heart is broken knowing i wont get to hear his voice or see his face or hear his smart comments. But i have great memories to keep with me. I love you rubly more than you will ever know i will miss you deeply. I now have another beautiful angel to watch over me.

  6. There are no words to express my feelings, Gary was the greatest friend to my family well we really considered him part of are family we have had many good years with Gary to are annual shooting get together or just hanging out and watching him and the guys polish off two or three 30 packs of bush light.we are for ever grateful he was a part if our lives it was cut too short we planned on many more years of spending time together..we love you Gary Rubly and we are going to miss you very much.RIP we will see you again someday..

  7. This was such a shock. Gary was like the big brother I never had. We grew up a couple blocks apart so the “Rubly’s”, (Gary, Jan, Sheila, and I), played softball against the neighborhood kids. We rode bikes, sometimes to bowling alley. Our dad’s would take us out to the farm to target shoot, sometimes trap-shoot. He was a great hunter and I loved his canned meat. He was a good cook, too. Gary was such a help to my parents. He helped with dad, mowed, shoveled snow, and was there when we had to clear everything out of the building after dad died. Such a hard worker and good friend not only to me but to many. I’ll miss hearing his voice and his laugh. Love you cousin. If there’s hunting in heaven, he’s hunting with his dad, (my Uncle Jim), and my dad Dale. You are so missed already! RIP Cousin Gary.

  8. I too was very surprised to hear of Gary’s sudden passing. We all grew up on Sawyer Road together and I have many memories of Gary and those days. I remember playing baseball with all the neighborhood kids, including Gary. I remember going to the farm and having a picnic lunch in the cow pasture. That was scary to me-those cows are really big! I remember Gary’s Dad, Jim, butchering chickens and letting them run around without their heads! I remember putting squirrel tails in our bike handles from their squirrel hunting. From reading these, I am sure Gary became a fine man and will be missed by many. God’s Peace Gary.

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