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Gary James Orella

Gary James Orella

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Gary James Orella, 73, of Walsh, IL; born on June 1, 1950 in Red Bud, IL, the son of James and Shirley Ann (Blind) Orella; passed away on Sunday, February 18, 2024 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in O’Fallon, IL.

Gary attended the University of Missouri in Rolla (now known as University of Missouri S&T).  He earned a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering and went on to work at Peabody Coal Company for twenty-one years.  After leaving Peabody, Gary went to work at Gilster Mary-Lee for the next seventeen years.  He enjoyed fishing and playing cards, especially poker.  Most of all, Gary loved spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving wife – Carol (Hartmann) Orella of Walsh, IL to whom he married on December 25, 1971 in Sparta, IL; three children – Peter (Amanda) Orella of Walsh, IL, Natalie (Matthew) Park of Coulterville, IL, and Joe (Alecia) Orella of Sparta, IL; seven grandchildren – Faith Argus, Ashlyn Orella, Briann Orella, Aaron Orella, Ruthie Orella, William Orella, and Brandon Park; great granddaughter – Hazley Neal.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John Lutheran Church or American Diabetes Association.

Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.heilschuessler.com.

The Visitation will be held at Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Sparta, IL on Wednesday, February 21, 2024 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and on Thursday, February 22, 2024 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.  Funeral Services will begin at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Carl Miller officiating.  Committal Services will take place at Union Cemetery in Sparta, IL.

Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Sparta, IL is in charge of arrangements

 

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  1. Larry McGuire says:

    I am truly saddened to learn of Gary’s passing. Our families went way back.

  2. Gus Tallo says:

    I’m so sorry to see this in the paper today.my thoughts & prayers are with you. I worked with him at the mines and he was a great person to work with.. i’m so sorry I didn’t see or know about it sooner I just found out in the paper today..Sorry for your loss. Gus Tallo

  3. Larry Hammel says:

    Carol and family, Gary was a buddy in high school and we became even better friends during our mutual time at Rolla. I have such terrific memories of Gary’s kindness and wit, often experienced across a card table. He had such a positive impact on so many of us over the years. Rest in peace Gary!
    Larry Hammel – Georgetown, TX

  4. Paul Barber says:

    Gary was my neighbor. I’ve known him almost as long as I can remember. Played football together and so many other memories. All around good man. Carol and family so terribly sorry for your loss. RIP Gary!

  5. Larry Vancil says:

    I was blessed to have Gary as a cousin and a good friend. Prayers for Carol and the Orella family.

  6. Weinhoffer Family says:

    Condolences to family and friends. Prayers for peace and comfort.

  7. Gail Brazle says:

    Carol and all of your children, I was so sorry to hear about Gary. I met him when I first started teaching in Sparta. As time passed, I did not personally spend time with him, but came to know him as a good father and husband when I worked with you and had the children in my classes. Praying for all of you as you say a last goodbye to a special person in your lives. Gail Brazle

  8. Joe Barbeau says:

    Hi Carol and family. So sorry to hear about Gary. Enjoyed growing up with Gary as cousins on the farm. I remember watching him play ball on his dad’s team. When we were able to get together, loved talking about fishing and his trips as well as mine with my brothers. Our thoughts are with you and your family.
    Joe Sara and the Barbeau family

  9. Valerie & Gary Johnson says:

    Carol, you, your children and grandchildren have our deepest sympathy and prayers. May your faith, many special memories and the support of family and friends help you at this difficult time.

  10. Dave Barbeau says:

    Gary was my cousin and we had great memories of the times at our Grandpa Blind’s farm. A couple of years ago my brothers Joe and John and sister Carolyn (who has since passed) enjoyed having lunch in Sparta with Gary and Carol and our Uncle Bob and Aunt Sara.
    Sincere condolences to Carol and the Orella Children and Grandchildren.

  11. Lela Neisler says:

    My sympathy to the family. So sorry to see another member of the SHS Class of ’68 pass away. Remembering Olan, Borden, Elmer, Cindy W., Jo W., Mike E., Susan S., Mary Kaye, Bill R., Dallas and PFC Leonard Nitzsche, Vietnam

  12. Barb and John Sahrhage says:

    Carol and family , so sorry to hear of the loss of Gary. Prayers for you all to get through this difficult time.

  13. Donna Ayars (Vancil) cousin says:

    Rest in peace Gary. I have many wonderful memories growing up and visiting the farm and family with you. Blessings and prayers to the family.

  14. Patti Cecil says:

    Carol and family so sorry to hear this. Jeremy and Joe spent a lot of time together in their younger days

  15. Doris Lehman says:

    Carol and family, you have my sympathy during this difficult time. Prayers for all of you.

  16. Barbara Grah Macri says:

    Please accept my sincere sympathy, Carol. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers in this difficult time,

  17. Iva Beattie says:

    My sincere sympathy, Carol, to you and your family on the loss of Gary. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

  18. Don & Denise Adams says:

    Carol, you and your family have our sincere sympathy on the loss of your loved one, Gary.

  19. Dennis Mahan says:

    Gary was my cousin and we played together quit a bit when we were young. A lot of good memories. My most memberable was when we went together to Sparta theater to see “the Incredible Shrinking man. Gary was younger and he kept getting scarred and started crying. Needless to stay we spent about 1/2 of the movie in the bathroom. RIP Gary.

  20. Jeff Wahlig says:

    Worked for Gary at Baldwin when I met his young boys who I worked with at Gateway great men just like their father Big O was a great boss a even better man Condolences to all families my thoughts and prayers are with you

    • Carol and family, I am so sorry to hear about Gary.
      You are in my thoughts and prayers. May all your beautiful memories comfort you on the loss of your loved one. RIP Gary

    • Paulette Ashbrook says:

      Carol and children, Alan and I are so sorry to hear about Gary. Praying for your comfort during this very sad time.
      Alan and Paulette Ashbrook

    • Denise Ebers says:

      Carol and family, we are so sorry to hear about Gary. Our thoughts and prayers and deepest sympathy are with all of you.

      • Delbert and Jill Bollmann says:

        All of you who loved and cared for Gary are in our prayers! We are so happy we got to know him better in our Saturday evening church services. He will be missed!!

        • Frank Elam says:

          I’m sure Gary and Bobby have got their daily bass limit already. Gary has given me a lot of wonderful memories, when I was fortunate enough to see him smile
          Especially when his fish was bigger.

  21. Gary Steele says:

    First met Gary when we were kids. We became friends immediately. Played football in high school with him, fished together. Worked with him at Peabody Coal until it closed.Gary and his family are more than friends. I will never forget him.

    • Joe Hatfield says:

      Gary was good friend and colleague at Peabody Coal Company’s Baldwin Mine. He was honest and dedicated to his job but mostly very well liked by everyone. He was fun to be around and especially when playing poker, and he will be missed by all his friends.

  22. Shelby Asselmeier says:

    Carol and family; Eric and I are sorry for your loss. Our prayers and sympathy are with you all, your friends Eric and Shelby Asselmeier

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  1. Carol and family; Eric and I are sorry for your loss. Our prayers and sympathy are with you all, your friends Eric and Shelby Asselmeier

    Reply
  2. First met Gary when we were kids. We became friends immediately. Played football in high school with him, fished together. Worked with him at Peabody Coal until it closed.Gary and his family are more than friends. I will never forget him.

    Reply
    • Gary was good friend and colleague at Peabody Coal Company’s Baldwin Mine. He was honest and dedicated to his job but mostly very well liked by everyone. He was fun to be around and especially when playing poker, and he will be missed by all his friends.

      Reply
  3. Worked for Gary at Baldwin when I met his young boys who I worked with at Gateway great men just like their father Big O was a great boss a even better man Condolences to all families my thoughts and prayers are with you

    Reply
    • Carol and family, we are so sorry to hear about Gary. Our thoughts and prayers and deepest sympathy are with all of you.

      Reply
      • All of you who loved and cared for Gary are in our prayers! We are so happy we got to know him better in our Saturday evening church services. He will be missed!!

        Reply
        • I’m sure Gary and Bobby have got their daily bass limit already. Gary has given me a lot of wonderful memories, when I was fortunate enough to see him smile
          Especially when his fish was bigger.

          Reply
    • Carol and children, Alan and I are so sorry to hear about Gary. Praying for your comfort during this very sad time.
      Alan and Paulette Ashbrook

      Reply
    • Carol and family, I am so sorry to hear about Gary.
      You are in my thoughts and prayers. May all your beautiful memories comfort you on the loss of your loved one. RIP Gary

      Reply
  4. Gary was my cousin and we played together quit a bit when we were young. A lot of good memories. My most memberable was when we went together to Sparta theater to see “the Incredible Shrinking man. Gary was younger and he kept getting scarred and started crying. Needless to stay we spent about 1/2 of the movie in the bathroom. RIP Gary.

    Reply
  5. Carol, you and your family have our sincere sympathy on the loss of your loved one, Gary.

    Reply
  6. My sincere sympathy, Carol, to you and your family on the loss of Gary. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

    Reply
  7. Please accept my sincere sympathy, Carol. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers in this difficult time,

    Reply
  8. Carol and family, you have my sympathy during this difficult time. Prayers for all of you.

    Reply
  9. Carol and family so sorry to hear this. Jeremy and Joe spent a lot of time together in their younger days

    Reply
  10. Rest in peace Gary. I have many wonderful memories growing up and visiting the farm and family with you. Blessings and prayers to the family.

    Reply
  11. Carol and family , so sorry to hear of the loss of Gary. Prayers for you all to get through this difficult time.

    Reply
  12. My sympathy to the family. So sorry to see another member of the SHS Class of ’68 pass away. Remembering Olan, Borden, Elmer, Cindy W., Jo W., Mike E., Susan S., Mary Kaye, Bill R., Dallas and PFC Leonard Nitzsche, Vietnam

    Reply
  13. Gary was my cousin and we had great memories of the times at our Grandpa Blind’s farm. A couple of years ago my brothers Joe and John and sister Carolyn (who has since passed) enjoyed having lunch in Sparta with Gary and Carol and our Uncle Bob and Aunt Sara.
    Sincere condolences to Carol and the Orella Children and Grandchildren.

    Reply
  14. Carol, you, your children and grandchildren have our deepest sympathy and prayers. May your faith, many special memories and the support of family and friends help you at this difficult time.

    Reply
  15. Hi Carol and family. So sorry to hear about Gary. Enjoyed growing up with Gary as cousins on the farm. I remember watching him play ball on his dad’s team. When we were able to get together, loved talking about fishing and his trips as well as mine with my brothers. Our thoughts are with you and your family.
    Joe Sara and the Barbeau family

    Reply
  16. Carol and all of your children, I was so sorry to hear about Gary. I met him when I first started teaching in Sparta. As time passed, I did not personally spend time with him, but came to know him as a good father and husband when I worked with you and had the children in my classes. Praying for all of you as you say a last goodbye to a special person in your lives. Gail Brazle

    Reply
  17. Condolences to family and friends. Prayers for peace and comfort.

    Reply
  18. I was blessed to have Gary as a cousin and a good friend. Prayers for Carol and the Orella family.

    Reply
  19. Gary was my neighbor. I’ve known him almost as long as I can remember. Played football together and so many other memories. All around good man. Carol and family so terribly sorry for your loss. RIP Gary!

    Reply
  20. Carol and family, Gary was a buddy in high school and we became even better friends during our mutual time at Rolla. I have such terrific memories of Gary’s kindness and wit, often experienced across a card table. He had such a positive impact on so many of us over the years. Rest in peace Gary!
    Larry Hammel – Georgetown, TX

    Reply
  21. I’m so sorry to see this in the paper today.my thoughts & prayers are with you. I worked with him at the mines and he was a great person to work with.. i’m so sorry I didn’t see or know about it sooner I just found out in the paper today..Sorry for your loss. Gus Tallo

    Reply
  22. I am truly saddened to learn of Gary’s passing. Our families went way back.

    Reply

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