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.



5 Comments on Gary Draper

Jennifer Monroe said : Guest Report Mar 28, 2024 at 5:28 PM

Deepest condolences to what's left of the family Rowe Nancy n Gary will be missed every day God be with Missy Stewart and all the grandchildren n great grandchildren

  • Belleville
  • IL
Dawn Benner said : Guest Report Oct 12, 2023 at 9:37 PM

Uncle Gary was a great man and will be missed dearly

  • IL
Kathleen Draper said : Guest Report Sep 28, 2023 at 8:28 PM

Deepest sympathy to family. He was a great artist & loved dragons. RIP Gary God Bless

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
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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