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Gary Lee Hepburn

March 30, 1939 ~ December 21, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old
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Gary Hepburn Obituary

Gary L. Hepburn, 84 of Surprise, Arizona passed peacefully Thursday, December 21,2023 at his home.

He was born March 30, 1939, in Aurora, Illinois, the son of Burton F. and Margaret C. Hepburn who preceded him in death. 

Gary grew up in Aurora, IL graduating from West Aurora Senior High School in 1957. He earned a B S Degree in Marketing from Bradley University in Peoria, IL in 1961. At Bradley, he was an active member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. While at Bradley, he met the love of his life, Jo Schmidt, and they were married on January 27, 1962, in Genoa, Illinois. She preceded him in death June 3, 2023.

Gary began his business career with the Quaker Oats Company in Michigan City, Indiana.  In 1965, he began a 25-year bank-marketing career that included the First National Bank of Springfield as Vice President, Director of Marketing.  He began a career in State Government in 1990 with the Department of Financial Institutions and in 2001 retired from the Department of Commerce and Community Affairs.  He then moved to Surprise, AZ where he continued to enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling and his passion for the game of golf.   As his golfing buddies began to pass away, Gary would always comment that he would play golf with them again on the "golf course in the sky".

Gary enjoyed an active life and was always involved in community affairs including the Boy Scouts of America, the Chamber of Commerce, the LPGA and the United Way.  He also enjoyed being involved in Republican politics at the city, county and state level while living in Springfield. Gary was also famous for the poems he wrote for special occasions and his letter writing campaigns, topics could be related to why they should reduce the number of speed bumps in his community, Social Security reform, and the legality of Red Light/speed control cameras to name a few.

Gary is survived by a daughter, Christine (Tony) Guzzardo of Springfield; a son Jay (Kristin) Hepburn of Lakeland, TN.; three grandsons, Mike and Nick (Elena) Guzzardo and Trevor (Ben) Miller-Hepburn; a granddaughter, Marissa (Matthew) Love, four great grandchildren and two sisters, Marsha Johnson of Chandler, AZ and Deborah (Tim) Croyle of Monaca, PA. 

Gary loved his family with all his heart, and his last night on earth he was blessed to be celebrating with family at the annual Hepburn Holiday Happy Hour.

For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to the Arizona Humane Society, 1521 W. Dobbins Road, Phx, AZ 85041.  www.azhumane.org

Cremation was accorded by Camino Del Sol Funeral Home, Sun City West, AZ. A private family memorial service will take place at a later date. 

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