Gary Monroe

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Gary L. Monroe, 74, of Belleville, IL, born February 5, 1946, in Lebanon, IL, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2020, at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

Gary graduated from Lebanon High School in 1964. He was a pattern maker at Belleville Pattern Company in Belleville for 33 years and retired from ASF-Keystone in May 2016. When he wasn’t at work, he could be found creating and repairing stuff for his family and friends. Always a worker, Gary was a master wood craftsman and shared his talent with anyone who had a need (or an idea). Few people that knew Gary didn’t have something he made or fixed in their home or yard.

In addition to woodworking, Gary enjoyed camping, fishing, splitting wood with his buddies, and playing with his grandchildren. In his final months, he watched reruns of old westerns. Gary gave his heart to his Lord on November 10, 1983, at First Christian Church in Belleville and attended Metro East Christian Fellowship for the past 31 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward W. and Effie E., nee Meinhardt, Monroe, Sr.; brothers, Edward, Jr., Walter, Erwin, and Ralph Monroe; sisters, Dorothy Hammond, Mary Dontigney, Margaret (infant), and Martha Parker; father-in-law, Robert L. Fritz; a nephew, Marc Dontigney; and a niece, Sara J. Fritz.

He is survived by his wife, Debora S., nee Fritz, Monroe of Belleville, IL; son, Joshua G. (Cara) Monroe of Wright City, MO; daughter, Elizabeth “Libbi” J. (Mark) Venable of St. Peters, MO; grandchildren, Theodore “Teddy” and Mary Monroe; grandpups, Riley and Nessie; sister, Pamela (Richard) Koshko of Lebanon, IL; mother-in-law, Lois J. Fritz of Belleville, IL; brothers-in-law, Jack Parker of St. Jacob, IL, and Robert D. (Patti) Fritz of Belleville, IL; nephew Andrew (Raina) Fritz and children Rafferty and Rosey of Creve Couer, MO; numerous nieces and nephews and extended family members; and many, many friends.

Memorials may be made Bond Christian Camp, 1119 Missouri Blvd, Mulberry Grove, IL 62262. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 11, 2020, at Metro-East Christian Fellowship, 1790 W U.S. 50, O’Fallon, IL.  Those who wish or need to avoid crowds can visit with the family from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 11, 2020, at Metro East Christian Fellowship, with Pastor Richard Bersett officiating.


21 Comments on Gary Monroe

Charisse said : Guest Report Jul 10, 2020 at 6:04 PM

Sending you love and virtual hugs from PA. I hope there is some comfort found in your memories of your loved one.

  • Lancaster
  • PA
Brent and Connie Gregory said : Guest Report Jul 08, 2020 at 9:42 AM

Dear Deb, Josh, and Libbi: We rejoice with you in the knowledge of Gary's place in eternity but acknowledge the painful void his absence leaves in your lives. Sympathy and love from central Illinois.

  • Tremont
  • IL
Lori De Carvalho said : Guest Report Jul 03, 2020 at 11:19 AM

I'll always remember the blessing gave me everytime I go outside and see the finished siding and windows he installed after my divorce. Icould not pay to have it done. It was a true blessing to have this untiring generous man with his time. Thank you Gary. May your legacy continue on with the many many other people you helped over your lifetime. You will be missed. My heart is with you Deb, Josh, and Libbi during this time. You were truly blessed to have such a loving husmad and father. And the rest of the family too.

  • Collinsville
Karen said : Guest Report Jun 05, 2020 at 5:57 PM

So sorry for your loss. He was friends with my brother Steve Milligan . I also knew Gary. Prayers for everyone! Sincerely Karen Kirby

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Joanne Lippincott said : Guest Report May 01, 2020 at 4:04 PM

I am so sorry for the personal loss of your husband and father. Gary was a vital part of our church body and he will be sorely missed. I will remember his kindnesses to me forever.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Denise Jones said : Guest Report Apr 27, 2020 at 10:53 AM

Deb, With a heavy sigh and tears in my eyes ...I am so sorry to hear of Gary's passing. My deepest condolences to you and you loving family. May God give you all His comfort and peace.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Nancy Whitehead said : Guest Report Apr 27, 2020 at 7:55 AM

My thoughts and prayers go out to all the family. Gary was a great man and a friend to so many. He will definitely be missed. He is in gods hands now and not suffering anymore and we will get to see him again one day. Praying for God‘s comfort and peace for you all. God bless you all

  • Belleville
  • IL
Rhonda Bersett said : Guest Report Apr 26, 2020 at 10:03 PM

Sorry to hear of Gary's passing but grateful that he is no longer in pain and is able to rest in peace now.

  • Sherwood
  • Arkansas
AMY STEELY said : Guest Report Apr 26, 2020 at 7:49 PM

Dear Deb, Josh, and Libby, So sorry to hear of your great loss. Know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • MN
Fannie wayne said : Guest Report Apr 26, 2020 at 5:42 PM

My condolence to the Monroe family

  • Fairview Hgts
  • Il
Stacey Hatcher McNelly said : Guest Report Apr 26, 2020 at 3:14 PM

I will always remember Gary as my youth leader, my father’s friend and a member of my FCC Belleville family when I was a kid. Although that was many years ago, my heart remains the same. Sending comforting hugs and prayers to Deb and family. Love you ?

  • Bloomingdale
  • GA
Marlee said : Guest Report Apr 26, 2020 at 1:14 PM

I am so sorry to hear this. He was a great man. A true man of God. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife and kids during this very difficult time. Sending you many hugs.

  • Bridgeton
  • MO
Yvonne M. Collins said : Guest Report Apr 26, 2020 at 12:02 PM

Deb and Family, My heart-felt condolences to each of you as you deal with the pain associated with the loss of Gary. I pray that you are engulfed daily with God’s peace, comfort, and loving care. Welcome home, Gary.

  • O’Fallon
  • Illinois
Tonie Hampton said : Guest Report Apr 26, 2020 at 12:01 PM

Deb, I am so sad for you about Gary’s going home to be with the Lord, but at the same time happy for him, as absence from the body is presence with the Lord ♥️

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Fannie wayne said : Guest Report Apr 26, 2020 at 11:56 AM

My condolence to the Monroe family

  • Fairview hgts
  • Il
Karen Bien Temporiti said : Guest Report Apr 25, 2020 at 11:08 AM

Debbie and family, So sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. Know that you and your family are in my prayers. Karen

  • Sanibel
  • Florida
Elizabeth (Libby) Caudill said : Guest Report Apr 25, 2020 at 8:54 AM

Deb, I was so sorry to hear of your loss. I will pray for your strength and comfort during this time. I will also thank God that we are connected now through fb. Libby

  • North Vernon
  • Induana
The Lackey family said : Guest Report Apr 24, 2020 at 6:59 PM

our condolence to the Monroe Family

  • Alvin
  • Texas
The Lackey family said : Guest Report Apr 24, 2020 at 6:55 PM

Our condolences to the Monroe Family

  • Alvin
  • Texas
Rebekah McGarrity said : Guest Report Apr 24, 2020 at 9:48 AM

Deb, Josh, and Libby, I am so sorry for the pain you feel with Gary’s death. When I saw Gary, he always smiled and asked about my life! He was a caring man and a wonderful example to others if someone who gives of himself to make life better for family, friends, and even strangers! Though we know the truth of Gary’s eternity, it still hurts, and I I just wanted to say how sorry I am! But I also know Gary is in His presence. That is the truth we know. Love you guys!

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois
Cheryl Mathews said : Guest Report Apr 24, 2020 at 8:57 AM

Your grief is shared by many. Gary was a kind, gentle man, whose work ethic should be immolated by all. We have lost a brother-in-Christ but heaven has gained a redeemed soul who will live forever in the presence of our Lord. Praise God for His salvation!

  • Swansea
  • IL

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