Gary L. Pulley

Aug 3rd, 1940 - Feb 5th, 2020


Blue Funeral Home (Marion)

Sat, Feb. 15th, 2020 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Blue Funeral Home (Marion)

Sat, Feb. 15th, 2020 4:00 p.m.

Gary L. Pulley

Gary L. Pulley, 79, passed away on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Gary was born on August 3, 1940, in Marion, to Louis and Lucille (Hinckle) Pulley. He was united in marriage to Barbara Dippie on August 12, 1963 in Marion. Together they had two sons, Darren and Eric. He also had one granddaughter, Erica.

Gary was a 1958 graduate of Marion High School and earned a Certificate for Engineering Technicians from the University of Illinois. He was retired from the Illinois Department of Transportation where he was employed full-time for nearly 33 years. After his retirement he continued to work for IDOT on a part-time basis for many more years.

He gave much of his time to Marion youth sports coaching baseball and basketball and serving as an umpire for many years.

Gary loved tennis and golf and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan. He was a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather. His greatest joy in life was his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents and son Darren. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; son, Eric; and granddaughter Erica.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 4pm at Blue Funeral Home in Marion with Larry Askew officiating. Visitation will be on Saturday from 2pm until the time of service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, Gary’s family requests that donations be made to the John A. Logan College Foundation for the Darren L. Pulley Memorial Scholarship Fund. Donations will be accepted at Blue Funeral Home, 1704 N. Court St., Marion, Illinois 62959.

11 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Aimee Nance

    From: Cobden, Illinois

    Date: February 8, 2020

    My heart aches for your family in the passing of Gary. He was an incredible man. You all were such an important part of my childhood. Keep your precious memories of him & Darren close to your heart, they will help you in the days, weeks, months and years ahead. Love you.

  • Guest: Stacy Cooper Lintzenich

    From: , Illinois

    Date: February 8, 2020

    Barbara, Eric and Erica – what a special and great guy he was! You had one of the best! Let your memories surround you as you grieve and know that we’re praying for you. We’ll all miss that smile and sense of humor.

  • Guest: William O Bizzell

    From: Murphysboro, Illinois

    Date: February 8, 2020

    I knew Gary only from work at DOT. I respected him and appreciated his work and helpfulness. I’m wishing the best for his family.

  • Guest: Dick & Vicki Baker

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: February 9, 2020

    We are so sorry to hear about Gary’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and Eric and your granddaughter. We are in Florida for the winter or would be there at the Memorial service.

  • Guest: Bougie and Sharon Goodman

    From: Marion, I’ll.62959, Illinois

    Date: February 9, 2020

    So sorry to hear about Gary. Our prayers are with you and your family. We are in Florida or we would see you at services.

  • Guest: Debbie Cooper Berry

    From: Charlotte , North Carolina

    Date: February 9, 2020

    So sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. Condolences to your family.

  • Guest: Colleen Bogard

    From: Carterville, Illinois

    Date: February 9, 2020

    Barbara and Eric I send my since sympathy to you. I am in Florida and will not be back until mid-March,but I take the Southern paper on-line and just found Gary,s obituary in today,s paper. How the years fly by! It seems like only yesterday we were all getting married raising kids and busy with their activities. I knew that Gary and Dick were just a year apart in school,but didn’t realize they were so close in age. I am so sorry for your lose. It seems to me that you have had more than your share in the last few years. You will be in my thoughts and prayers,

  • Guest: Barbara Madigan

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: February 11, 2020

    Barbara, I’m so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. Know that I’m thinking of you and praying for you and your family

  • Guest: Don and Patsy Holland

    From: Centralia, Illinois

    Date: February 13, 2020

    Barbara,Erica,and Eric we are so sorry for your loss. Gary was a good friend. Prayers are with you .

  • Guest: Brian Askew

    From: Alpharetta, Georgia

    Date: February 14, 2020

    Barbera, Eric and Erica,

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. It is a loss to all of us. I have so many good memories of him from my childhood. Probably my most memorable is that every time we would come and visit throughout my childhood Gary would always want Garret and I to just be boys and have fun and enjoy ourselves while we were there. It didn’t matter if it was riding dirt bikes or eating Twinkies he would lean over quietly and say “don’t worry about your Mom… I will distract her…. you boys just go and have fun!” and then he would laugh that classic Gary laugh that anyone that knows him will remember. He was a good man with a big heart and someone I will always remember with great fondness. I know you are grieving and there are no words in these moments. I just want you to know it was an honor to have known him and I am thinking about you.

  • Guest: Anita and Dick Stotlar

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: March 5, 2020

    Barbara, Eric, and Erica—We were shocked and saddened to hear of Gary’s passing. We are in Arizona and just found out. What a genuinely nice man he was. You are in our prayers at this time of sorrow. Anita and Dick Stotlar