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Gary Lee Pearce

July 10, 1945 — June 6, 2023

Gary L. Pearce


Gary L. Pearce, 77, of Grand Island, Nebraska passed away from heart complications on June 6, 2023 at CHI Health St. Francis in Grand Island. His wife of 54 years, Irene D. Pearce (Siuda) along with friends, were by his side.


Gary was born in Kearney on July 10, 1945 to Walter E. and Margaret A. (McCredie) Pearce. The family moved to Grand Island during his early childhood years. Gary graduated from Grand Island Senior High School in 1964. He served in the United States Navy from to 1965-1968 during the Vietnam war. He was stationed in Adak, Alaska and Long Beach Naval Shipyard. He was honorably discharged in 1968. He had a long career with the Union Pacific Railroad starting as a telegrapher and then as a clerk. He worked in Grand Island, St. Louis, MO and Omaha, NE before retiring in 2005.


Gary loved spending time at his grandparent’s farm while growing up. He loved animals and was always sneaking treats to friend’s pets. He loved to garden, do yard work and cut wood. He will be especially remembered for his generosity to family and friends. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion.


Survivors include his wife Irene D. Pearce, special friends Dennis and Jacki Ryba, nieces, nephews and friends.


Gary was preceded in death by his parents Walter Pearce and Margaret Pearce and brothers Charles Pearce and Donald Pearce.


Visitation will be from 9:00 until 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday June 13, 2023 at Apfel funeral home in Grand Island. The funeral will follow at 10:30. Father Marty Egging will officiate. Burial will follow at Grand Island Cemetery with Military Honors. All family and friends are welcome to a lunch at the funeral home following the burial. Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation. Online condolences may be given to the family at www.apfelfuneralhome.com.



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Visitation

Tuesday, June 13, 2023

9:00 - 10:30 am (Central time)

Apfel Funeral Home - Grand Island

1123 West 2nd Street, Grand Island, NE 68801

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memorial service

Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

Apfel Funeral Home - Grand Island

1123 West 2nd Street, Grand Island, NE 68801

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