Champaign – Larry F. Gammon, 80, passed away unexpectedly, Monday, April 19, at University Rehab Care Center. He was born on July 1, 1940, in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. He won a valiant fight against lung cancer, and survived the loss of one limb.
He is survived by his sisters: Carolyn Jane Gammon and Juanita L Gammon, Champaign; his son: Jeff Gammon, Denver, Colorado; his grandchildren: Lydia Gammon and Nick Gammon of Denver; nephew: Victor Gammon Albert, Chicago; and two adopted daughters. He was married in 1965, and divorced in 1977.
Proceeding him in death were his parents: Lloyd W. Gammon and Grace F. Gammon; his brother: Lloyd K. Gammon; and sister Doris Mae Gammon Albert.
At an early age, Larry’s father passed onto him the love of the outdoors, especially fishing and hunting. He became an expert marksman and earned sharpshooter awards when serving in the Army. He became a good steward of the land, and had a strong bond with his older brother, walking through the woods, sitting in a boat fishing, camping out in a hunting blind, and attending firearms shows.
Larry graduated from Urbana High School, served in the U.S. Army, and graduated from college public safety training, which assisted in his career as a deputy sheriff, and later, as an employee at the Danville Correction Facility.
He was a member of the ELKS, VFW, AMVETS (a past, post president), the NRA, and other organizations.
Larry will be laid to rest at Grandview Memorial Gardens in a private graveside ceremony.
The family would like to thank the staff of University Rehab Center for the compassionate care they provided, especially during this difficult pandemic time when family could not visit in person.
Memorial donations may be made to the University of Illinois College Of Veterinary Medicine Wildlife Medical Clinic, 2100 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, Illinois 61801.