Eureka-Gary L. Blackmore, 67, of Eureka passed away at his residence at 6:15 pm on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 after battling a life long chronic illness. Despite his health issues and intractable pain from cancer, radiation treatments, spinal involvement, and hemodialysis Gary had an unstoppable energy and found joy in every day and everything he aspired to. His last day at home was spent under the care of Compassus Hospice where he was surrounded by family who enjoyed a home cooked meal, conversation, laughter and memories.
He was born on April 6, 1949 in Bloomington, IL a son of Clarence and E. Ruth Kearfott Blackmore who preceded him in death. He married Peggy Martin on June 5, 1976 in El Paso and they were married for 40 years. She survives.
Also surviving is one brother, Larry (Bonnie) Blackmore of Dothan, Alabama as well as his four legged children Louie, Barney, and Willie. His love of dogs was well known and undoubtedly his first stop will be the rainbow bridge to pick up Nipper, Dixie, Murphy, Lucy, and Cooper.
As a young man, Gary worked in various trades from carpentry, excavation, iron working, and his greatest passion of working on cars. He enjoyed road trips on his motorcycle with friends. Gary loved the history of the world and was very knowledgeable with historic facts. He had many other interests including antique tractors and cars, radio control racing, and model trains. In the 1980's they moved to Missouri for Peggy's employment. He belonged to numerous RC clubs, groups, participated in train shows, and also became an expert on the cleaning and repair of antique pocket watches working with a local clock maker in Jefferson City, MO. He also had a passion for flea markets where he would surprise Peggy with interesting items. He enjoyed tractor pulls, mud bogging, and steam engines.
In spite of pain and chronic health issues, Gary never gave up hope. In their early years he would take Peggy dancing and they enjoyed spending time with cherished friends and family. He will be remembered for his quick witted humor, honesty, strength, friendship, and desire to live a full and purposeful life. Gary was always ready to build, design, or create. His imagination was endless!
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at the Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in El Paso. Chaplain Dwight Winnett will officiate. Visitation will be held on Friday from 5-7 pm at the funeral home. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Paso.
Memorials may be made to Wishbone K-9 Rescue in Bloomington, IL. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.ruestmanharrisfuneralhome.com.
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