Obituary published August 22, 2013 in The Mexico Ledger

Gary Maurice Utterback, 63 of Mexico, died on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 3:32 p.m. at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia after a brief illness.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Saturday at Arnold Funeral Home with funeral services held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home with Rev. Terry Hopkins officiating. Burial will be in East Lawn Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Kenny Smithee, Randy Thomas, Jeff Wehmeyer, Jerry Black, Clifford Dailing, Tom Groves, Dean Kuntz and Walter Johnson. Honorary pallbearers will be Josh Smithee, Ben Steinman, Phil Turner, Charlie White, Kenny Teel, Larry Gillespi, Dan Scroggins, Steve Doran, Paul Koelling, Joe Feger, Nick Steinman and Donnie Yelton.
Mr. Utterback was born on October 26, 1949 in Hannibal to Maurice and Geneva (Beacom) Utterback. On January 12, 1968, he married Joyce Batty. She preceded him in death on Oct. 14, 2009.
Gary is survived by one son, Scott Utterback and his wife, April of Mexico; one daughter, Angie Creed and her husband, David of Mexico; his loving grandchildren, Shawn Creed and fiancée Brittany Dubea and Adam Utterback; two great-grandchildren, Gavin and Kinley Creed; one sister, Mrs. Robert (Connie) Griffith of Mexico; several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; one niece and several great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, step-mother, one nephew and one great-nephew.
Mr. Utterback had farmed for many years in the Mexico area with his father. In 1979, he went to work for the U.S. Post Office as a Rural Letter Carrier from which he retired in December 2009. He was very active with the Missouri Rural Letter Carrier's Association, where he served as a State Board Member, State President and Vice-President of the Association. He is a member of the Mexico Elks and NARF. Gary served in the National Guard from 1969-1975, obtaining the rank of E6.
In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials to Midway Christian Church in care of Arnold Funeral Home, 425 S. Jefferson, Mexico, MO 65265..
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