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Gary Wayne Maness, 74, of Sycamore, Illinois, died Monday, February 4, 2019, peacefully at his home.
Born May 22, 1944, in Sycamore, the son of Carl F. and Madelyn (Rhode) Maness, Gary married Mary K. Schreiber on August 26, 1966, in Sycamore. He was a 1962 graduate of Sycamore High School.
A veteran of the US Army, having served from 1965 to 1968, Gary was retired after working for Carquest for 32 years. He was an expert at mixing paint for auto restorers.
Gary enjoyed fishing and camping with his grandchildren; he loved family, as it was his main priority. He was great at telling jokes and working on cars. He was best known for his simplicity and easy-going style - and for his patience, which he taught to everyone.
Gary is survived by his wife, Mary; son, John R. (Trysha) Maness of Sycamore; grandchildren, Jarrod (Tabitha) Maness, Justin (Rachel) Maness, Jason Maness (Kaite Chrisco), Jeffery Maness (Hannah Harvey); a great-granddaughter, Evaleigh, and another great-grandchild expected in April; brother, Frank Maness of Sycamore; sister, LaVerna (Homer) Grady of DeKalb; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and extended family.
He was predeceased by his parents.
The funeral service will be held at 11 am Friday, February 8, 2019, at Quiram-Sycamore Chapel, 1245 Somonauk St. Visitation will be from 4-7 pm Thursday, February 7, at the funeral home.
Memorials can be made to the family.
Arrangements are by Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Quiram Sycamore Chapel; 815-895-6589.

Condolences & Shared Memories (18)

  1. Joshua Cutsinger

    So sad to hear about Gary. He was such a pleasure to work with when I was at CarQuest. He knew everything about cars, but was an amazingly kind and gentle man. I was blessed to have known him.

  2. dawn &loren michl

    sorry for your loss

  3. Lorraine Elliott

    Sorry for the lost of Wayne. He was also so kind to us as kids he will be missed dearly with much love

  4. Marcia Keutzer

    My deepest sympathies to all.

  5. Eddy quintero

    I'm very sorry for your loss . You just keep being a great dad , great husband and a great person. Your dad will be so proud of you give my condolences to all your family.

  6. Linda and Larry Gilbreth

    Our deepest sympathy to you Mary, John, Trysha, Frank, Laverne and family. Wayne was a great loving family man, he will be missed by all who knew him. Thoughts and prayers to you all.

  7. Doug and Suzi (Lund) Horton

    So so sorry to hear of your loss ðŸ'"😢 Wayne was sooo kind , and certainly loved by all. ❤️🙏 lots of love, prayers for strength to Mary , the boys and their families, Laverna and her family , and Frank and his family 😍

  8. Gloria Maness

    Wayne and Mary were the first family members I met when I began dating Wayne's cousin, Gary. We would go over there and play cards and visit quite often. Wayne and Mary were both friendly and made me feel welcome into their home. Wayne loved to tease me but it was always in a kind way. A good man that will surely be missed by all who loved him. ~ Gloria Maness, Fayetteville, NC

  9. Bob and Sheri

    Always a smile and expectant look. A super easy man to love he will be so missed by all!

  10. Jill & Rick Ramsey

    So sorry to hear this. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

  11. Kathy Herendeen

    So sorry for the familys loss, please tell LaVerna thats how i how her brother.,probbably wont be at visitation ice storm.God bless you all in my prayers.

  12. Joe House

    So sorry for your loss. I worked with Gary at Carquest. He will be missed.

  13. Steve Leffelman

    It was awesome just knowing Mr. Maness, I worked with his son ,John for many years. So sorry for your lost, he's s not suffering anymore and resting in peace.

  14. Jacque

    I am so sorry to see this Mary, John, Trysh and Family. Wayne was such a great guy! Loved his humor and his love for his family. I am on vacation and will not be able to attend the services but please know you are all in my heart and in my prayers ~ God Bless Jacque

  15. Todd Troutman

    Gary was a great guy, always good for a conversation and great at the auto parts store. Condolences to John and the entire family on your loss.

  16. James maness and family

    Would like to say sorry for your loss, and prayers your way, this is terril's son james. Jerry and Gary are her brothers. I would like to give my condolences. Prayers to the family

  17. Jeanne Taylor

    My deepest sympathy for the family. May all your fondest memories bring you comfort at this time of sorrow.

  18. Annette todd

    Sorry for you loss.

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