Gary earned eight varsity letters at West Vigo, three in cross country, three in track and two in basketball. He set school records in cross country, the 880 yard run and anchored the 880 X 4 relay team that finished first at the 1971 Dixie Bee relays and set a school record for that event. Gary was co-captain and MVR of the 1969 and 1970 cross country teams. The 1970 team was undefeated in duel competition, won the Wabash Valley Championship and the school’s first sectional championship in any sport. Gary won the individual championship. Gary won the two mile run at the 1971 Vigo County meet. He made four regional appearances, two in cross country and two in the 880 yard run in track. Gary led the 1970-71 basketball team in scoring with a 14-point average and was named to the All Vigo County, All WIC, and All Sectional teams. Gary was named Outstanding Senior Athlete.
Following high school, Gary proudly served his country in the United States Navy where he was stationed on the USS Hunley, AS-31. After leaving the Navy, Gary returned to Terre Haute and enrolled at Indiana State University earning a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology.
In 1980 Gary began a nearly 24- year career with the Illinois State Police. He spent most of his career in the Division of Criminal Investigation. Gary rose to the rank of Lieutenant and was assigned as the Investigative Commander in District 12, Effingham before finishing his career as the Operations Officer in District 10, Pesotum.
Gary retired in 2003 and lives with his wife of 30 years, Jacquelyn in Mattoon, Illinois. Gary has three children: Amy, Alexandra, and Richard. He also has two grandchildren: Connor and Norah.
His fondest memory of high school athletics was the 1969 and 1970 cross country teams. The 1970 championship was great, but even more, he values the friendship and comradery he shared with his teammates during the summers of 1969 and 1970 while preparing for those seasons.