Gary Draper

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Gary Dean Draper, 63, of Belleville, IL, born October 15, 1959, in East St. Louis, IL, died Thursday, August 17, 2023.

Gary was a wonderful artist and an ordained minister. He had a very unique character and he worked alongside his sister, Nancy, at the League Lounge for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin Monroe Draper Sr. and Hazel, nee Brasil, Draper; and his wife, Kat Draper.

Surviving are his siblings, Melba Lee Pelate, Nancy Taylor Katricka, and Melvin Monroe Draper Jr.; and many other family members.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral: A celebration of life will be held after 1 p.m. Sunday, September 3, 2023, at the League Lounge, Belleville, IL.



2 Comments on Gary Draper

Margie Schrauth said : Guest Report Sep 08, 2023 at 9:21 AM

Nancy and Roe, sorry for your loss. Gary's in heaven with Mike raising **** up there...

  • Belleville
  • IL
AL said : Guest Report Aug 21, 2023 at 3:15 AM

Yes geat artist and great witt will miss you bro. Love AL

  • Belleville
  • IL

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