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Gary Joseph Streiler, 64, of Jackson went to his eternal heavenly home Wednesday, June 6, 2012. He passed away at home surrounded by his loving family after fighting a long battle with lung cancer.
Streiler was born at Saint Francis Hospital on March 17, 1948, to the late Harry J. and Ollie M. Wood Streiler.
Until October of last year he was owner/operator of Streiler Distributing for 17 years. He was also broker/owner of RE/MAX Achievers in Cape Girardeau for several years. Streiler was previously employed by Kraft Food Service as a chemical sales specialist and by Mid-South Steel as a petroleum technician.
He served in the U.S. Army from October 1970 until August 1972 as a small-arms infantry expert and received national defense and Good Conduct Medals. He acquired secret government clearance while stationed in Europe.
Streiler was a member of Old St. Vincent Church and Jackson Knights of Columbus.
Throughout his life, Gary was extraordinarily generous. He gave the ultimate gift -- the gift of his body to Saint Louis University's Gift Body Donation Program.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Wulfers Streiler of Jackson; sons, Brandon (Julie) Streiler of Webster Groves, Mo., and Derek Streiler of Jackson; daughter, Amy (Mark) Petzoldt of Altenburg, Mo.; sisters, Patti Weisbrod and Pam Streiler, both of Perryville, Mo.; grandchildren, Amy Streiler, Whitnie Petzoldt, Isabella and William Streiler.
He was preceded in death by a son, Tim Streiler; and brother, Randy Streiler.
A memorial visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home. Parish prayers will begin at 7 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Saint Francis Foundation or the charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be made at www.fordandsonsfuneralhome.com.