US Marine Corps

Gary Wayne Kirkpatrick

February 19, 1954 ~ September 17, 2022 (age 68)


Gary Wayne Kirkpatrick, age 68, of Bartlett, IL, passed away on September 17, 2022.  He was born February 19, 1954 in Chicago, IL to his loving parents, Ernest and Lula Belle (née Gilbreath) Kirkpatrick.

Gary graduated from Morton East High School in Cicero, IL, Class of 1972.  He then joined the United States Marine Corp that Fall, proudly serving his country for two years before being honorably discharged in 1974.  He earned the Expert Rifle Badge, Good Conduct Medal, and National Defense Service Medal.

Gary worked as a transportation coordinator.  He was very outgoing, and was always ready to help others.  He loved holidays with his extended family, especially Halloween and Christmas.  He loved to party, and was always the first to fight and the last to leave!

Gary was preceded in death by his parents.  He is survived by his children, Gary Wayne Kirkpatrick Jr. and Rhonda Marie Kirkpatrick; siblings, Sandra (Jim) Holz and Michael (Connie) Kirkpatrick; nephews, Adam (Alicia) Smith and Michael (Nicole) Smith; great-nephews, Austin Smith and Cameron Smith; and numerous cousins.

A private graveside service with full military honors will be held at Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery, 12740 Oddfellow Lane, Benton, IL 62812.

Final arrangements entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home.  For more information, call 847-741-1128 or visit

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