Garrett J. DeYoung, 86, of St. Anne, passed away Tuesday (July 2, 2019) at his home.

He was born June 24, 1933, in Momence, the son of Irving and Edith Hayhurst DeYoung. He married Mary “Carol” Fieleke on Nov. 28, 1953, in Momence.

Garrett was a farmer his whole life. He enjoyed Model A trains and his train collection and memorabilia. He was an active member in the Model A Club. He enjoyed road trips all over the country in the Model A car. Garrett was a member of Trinity Evangelical Church in Watseka. He was involved in church activities and taught Sunday school. He enjoyed helping and reaching out to people. He enjoyed sharing his faith with others. He had a gift for improvising to complete a task.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served from 1954 until 1956.

Surviving are his wife, Carol DeYoung, of St. Anne; one son and daughter-in-law, Steven (Christine) DeYoung, of New Lenox; two daughters and one son-in-law, Sherry (Bob) Gulledge, of Pittsburg, and Janice DeYoung, of Houston, Texas; five grandchildren, Ryan Graham, Kyle (MaryJane) Graham, Justin DeYoung, Matthew (Katie) DeYoung and Nathan (Daniela) DeYoung; three great-grandchildren, Baker and Wren Graham and Liam DeYoung; and one sister and brother-in-law, Carol (Dennis) Zelhart, of St. Anne.

Preceding him in death were his parents; one grandson, Lance Graham; one sister, Marilyn Mercier; and one brother, Ivan DeYoung.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friday, July 5, at Clancy-Gernon-Houk Funeral Home in St. Anne. An additional time for visitation will be from 9 a.m. Saturday, July 6, until the 10 a.m. funeral service, also at the funeral home, with the Rev. Ryan Mustered officiating. Burial will follow in Kankakee Memorial Gardens in Aroma Township.

Memorials may be made to Trinity Evangelical Church in Watseka, Youth for Christ, or Bible Witness Camp in Hopkins Park.

Please sign his online guestbook at


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