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Gary Wayne Herbert

August 29, 1944 ~ March 30, 2018 (age 73)

Gary Wayne Herbert, 73 of Urbana passed away Friday, March 30, 2018 in Meadowbrook Health Center, Urbana. 

Gary was born on August 29, 1944 in Wichita Kansas to Joseph Frances and Goldia Elma (Dial) Herbert.  Surviving is a brother, Don Alan Herbert (Jeanne) of Garland, Texas and a nephew, Aaron Herbert of Dallas, Texas.  Also surviving is a son, Joe, a daughter Michelle, and two grandsons, Noah and Shandon. 

After graduating from Caldwell High School, he attended Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas.  In 1965, he enlisted in the US Air Force and was sent to Lackland Air Force Base for basic training.  He spent time in Viet Nam and South Korea before being sent to Chanute Field in Rantoul where he was released from active duty in 1968 at the rank of Sgt. 

Gary joined the Urbana Police Department in 1970 where he served for 20 years.  During his tenure, he was recognized several times for his efforts in serving the public.  In 1977, he entered a burning and smoke filled structure to ensure the safety of the residents.  In 1985, he was commended for his efforts in apprehending an armed robbery suspect.

After retirement from the Urbana Police Department, Gary worked for University Asphalt until his retirement from that job in 2008. For many  years, Gary  volunteered his time at the Urbana American Legion Post 71 and VFW Post 630 where he was a lifetime member of both organizations.    He helped with many of the breakfasts and dinners and other activities to raise money to support all the activities of these veteran organizations including the VA Hospital in Danville.  He also drove the American Legion antique fire truck, “Yankee Dandee”  in numerous local parades.

Gary is also survived by Sharon McLeod, his significant other, companion, soulmate and guardian angel.  He is also survived by Sharon’s grandson, Timothy.  Gary had a special place in his heart for Timothy.

Gary was a very special person and was loved by many people.  He will be missed.  A special thanks to Meadowbrook Health Center, Brookdale Assisted Living, and Rescare caregivers who provided him with such good care during his past few years.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am. on Saturday, April 7th, at Renner-Wikoff Chapel, 1900 S. Philo Rd., Urbana, with Rev. Richard McGuire officiating. Military honors will be performed by the Urbana American Legion.   Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. on Friday, April 6th  at the funeral home.  Condolences may be offered at


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