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Gary married Janet Ruth Pickens on June 3, 1962 in the Dieterich Christian Church. She preceded him in death on January 6, 1984. He then married Virginia Kay Engle on December 15, 1984 in Petersburg, Indiana and she survives. Gary graduated from the Dieterich High School in 1960. He further his education at Eastern Illinois University for his BS in education and later his master’s degree in Education. Gary began his career teaching school for the Casey Illinois School District and later was principal at the St. Elmo High School. He then opened his Country Companies Agency in St. Elmo and remained an agent for many years until his retirement. In 1998 Gary and Kay moved to Tennessee where he spent his life golfing and working at odd jobs.
While in the St. Elmo area, Gary was a long-time basketball official, being one of 12 charter members of the South-Central Basketball Officials Association. He was also a member of the St. Elmo Lions Club, the St. Elmo Golf Club where he enjoyed playing golf. While the family was growing up Gary played numerous fast-pitch 12” softball games for the Altamont Schuetzenfest and the Blue Mound Tavern teams as a catcher and infielder.
He is survived by his wife: Virginia Kay Engle-Traub of Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.
Son: Todd Louis Traub of Cabot, Arkansas and his son Nathan Louis Traub and his daughter Chloe Traub and her son Liam Traub
Stepdaughter: Hannah Marie (husband, Andrew) McGilvra
Daughter: Jana Sue (husband, Jay ) Deadmond of Altamont, Illinois and their 4 Sons: Trenton Jay (wife Fances) Deadmond and their daughters: Hazel Clare and Neva Clark Deadmond. Kevin Curtis Deadmond, Ethan Garrett Deadmond, Logan Wesley (wife, Camryn) Deadmond.
Stepdaughter: Shelley Irene Yakstis of Fenton Missouri and her son Alex Brian Gilbert and daughter Lauren Rae Gilbert (husband, Morgan) Gray and their daughter, Lucy Morgan Gray.
Grandson: Wesley James Kruger
Granddaughter: Gracen Jade Kruger
Brother: Louis Delaine (wife Ruby ) Traub of Louisville, Illinois
Sister: Gayla Elaine (husband William) Williams of Dieterich
Gary was preceded in death by: Parents: Louis Ernest Traub and Bernice Minny Mary Drewes-Traub
Wife: Janet Ruth Pickens Traub
Stepson: Stephen Joseph and wife Jeanie Kruger
Step Son-in-law: Willian Yakstis III
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203 E Division St
Altamont, IL 62411
203 E Division
Altamont, IL 62411