Gary V. Furst, 70, of Washington, died at 8:46 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.


Gary V. Furst, 70, of Washington, died at 8:46 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Born Dec. 5, 1937, in Illinois City to Milton and Mary Ziegenhorn Furst, he married Melva “Mitzi” Compton in Peoria April 5, 1959. She survives.

Also surviving are his mother of Illinois City; one son, David Furst of Omaha, Neb.; one daughter, Donna Furst of Minneapolis; one brother, Carroll (Lou Ann) Furst of Illinois City; one sister, Delores Pape of Illinois City; and one grandson.

He retired from Caterpillar Inc., where he worked for 34 years. At retirement, he was working at the Peoria Proving Grounds as a foreman and training instructor.

He was a member of Grand View Lodge 1112 AF&AM, Valley of Peoria Scottish Rite, Abbas Grotto in East Peoria, Morton Area Woodcarvers Club and the Hopewell Grange.

A Masonic memorial service was Friday at Mason-White Funeral Home. Visitation was prior to services.

A memorial service will be at a later date in Illinois City.

Memorials may be made to either Washington Rescue Squad or Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department, 60 Voyageurs Point, Grand Marais, MN 55604.

Condolences may be made at www.masonfuneralhomes.com.