Gary L. Claypool, age 59, of Glen Ellyn

Written by Brust Funeral Home on May 1st, 2018


Gary L. Claypool, age 59, of Glen Ellyn, died April 28 at Good Samaritan Hospital.

A Visitation will be held Thursday, May 3, from 5-8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Funeral Services will be held Friday, May 4, with 9:30 AM Prayers at the funeral home to Sacred Heart Church, 114 S. Elizabeth St., Lombard, for 10:00 AM Mass.  Interment private.

Gary Lee Claypool left this world on April 28th, 2018 the same way he did most things – with perfection. He had the wind in his face on one of his beloved bike rides. He had his ears filled with music, the one thing besides his family that he loved with all his heart. He had a beautiful sunset to welcome him. He had the love of so, so many people.

Gary was the cherished son of Rosemary and Harold; loving father to Michelle and Taylor; beloved brother to John and Barbara (Jim) Stephenson; dear uncle to Kelly and Jim Stephenson; adored great uncle to Adrianne, James, and Henry Stephenson; and treasured stepfather to Jenessa and Erik Armstrong.

Wherever Gary went, there was never a song far behind. His talent, passion, and dedication for drumming kept a spark in his soul. He had been perfecting his craft since he was 10 years old, most recently in his band, Reely Dan. He rooted for the Chicago Cubs and proudly wore his jersey, but never without his black jeans or his favorite hat. Gary loved to be outdoors and would never say no to an adventure. But most importantly, he was full of love for his family and friends. Gary was so proud to watch those he cared for grow and flourish. There was warmth in his smile and kindness in his heart that can never be replaced. He will be forever missed.

“I can hear your words,
when you speak of what you are and have seen
I can see your hand,
reaching through a shining daydream
where the days and nights are not the same
Captured happy in a picture frame
Honey I will be there, yes I’ll be there”
– Steely Dan, “Any World (That I’m Welcome To)”

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10 Comments so far ↓

  1. Barbara Stephenson says:

    Rest in Peace sweet brother! No more pain or struggles. I know you knew how much I loved you, but I can’t remember telling you how much I admired your bravery and courage. I will miss you forever and a day.

  2. fran says:

    I loved him with all my heart for most of my life.

  3. fran says:

    my dad , “uncle nick”, also died of a sudden heart attack at age 59.

  4. Sandi de Leon says:

    Prayers go out to your entire family; I’m so sorry for your loss. I remember Gary as a young boy playing with Brian; they were great friends! They are probably now reminiscing about the old days.

  5. Sam Johnston says:

    I met Gary years ago through my step son, David Johnston. I have prayed for him daily for years…and kept in touch with him thru email. He was a great guy! Sam Johnston

  6. Mary Holland-Wedel says:

    May God bless your family at this difficult time. Anyone who knew Gary loved him, including me. He was a gifted musician and now he is playing in heaven.

  7. Lou Gagliardi says:

    You were a inspiration to all of us. I have many great memories. Rest easy, my brother.

  8. Scott Miller says:

    With a heavy heart,I stumbled upon this notice by accident, looking for something else. Gary was a leader in our 7-8 drummer team in high school at GE. I had 4 years of unbelievable fun with him, as our marching band, and symphonic talents were unmatched, by anyone. Yes, we had long hair, dark mirrored sunglasses, and a marching cadence better than any other in the school’s history. The fun we had was extensive, and these memories will always remain. The several after event,gatherings in the men’s corridor (restroom), outside of the band room, which also including 1 girl drummer as well, was deafening in sound and could never be duplicated, by anyone like our elite group. Gary of course was a big part of this, if not one of the top 2 instigators. My heart goes out to all of his family, and my love for these memories will endure,as this part will once resume again as we once did. Love you my man, and keep those drums going. We will do it again some day. RIP friend.

  9. Art work says:

    We played together in Emerald for many years . A friend and fellow musician , will always be remembered

  10. Lance says:

    Gary if you would have just waited till the next day i woulda got that 100.00 to you

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