GIBSON CITY — Gary J. Keim, 78, of Gibson City, died at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at the Gibson City Area Hospital Annex.

A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16, at the American Evangelical Lutheran Church in Gibson City with the Rev. Jim Davis and the Rev. Nick Carlson officiating. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16, at the church. The family requests casual dress, per his wishes. Inurnment will be in Drummer Cemetery in Gibson City.

Mr. Keim was born Jan. 28, 1941, in Hopedale, a son to Loren and Flora Rauber Keim. His birth mother died at a young age, so he was raised by his parents, Loren and Mary. He married Joan Thedens on May 1, 1965, in Anchor. She died June 27, 2016.

Surviving are his two children, Tim (Dori) Keim of Gibson City and Marni (Mike) Bishop of Sibley; five grandchildren, Shana (Abimael) Archila of Guatemala, Jaisi (Jesse) Jiles of Anchor, Laini (Eric) Uden of Paxton, Leah Keim of Gibson City and Lauren Keim of Granite City; two great-grandchildren, Stella and Sebastian; two sisters, Judy Graphia of Louisiana and Sister Susan Keim of Wisconsin; and a brother, Loren (Mary) Keim of Bloomington.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Tyler.

Mr. Keim served in the U.S. Army for three years in Germany. He was a mechanic for many years at Shaner’s Implement Dealer in Gibson City. He also worked for the City of Gibson and Greg Kerber Farming.He was a member of the Gibson City fire department for 27 years and the American Evangelical Lutheran Church. He portrayed Santa for children for many magical years.

Mr. Keim was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother. He treasured his family and enjoyed his friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the family.