In Memory of Gary Urman

A Memorial Gathering (Respecting social distancing, encouraging masks, and limiting 10 people at a time)

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Saturday June 13, 2020
O'Connell-Benedict Funeral Home of River Falls
225 South 3rd Street
River Falls WI, 54022

Service of Remembrance

3:00 pm
Saturday June 13, 2020
O'Connell-Benedict Funeral Home of River Falls
225 South 3rd Street
River Falls WI, 54022

Military Honors will immediately follow the service.

Saturday June 13, 2020
O'Connell-Benedict Funeral Home of River Falls
225 South 3rd Street
River Falls WI, 54022

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Gary Allen Urman, age 60 of Prescott, WI, passed away suddenly in a tragic car accident on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.  Gary was born February 2, 1960 to Joseph  and Elaine (Campbell) Urman.  He attended Stillwater High School.  He was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Joannie Viellieux on June 1, 1979.

Gary was a proud United States Army veteran serving in Korea during the 1970’s. After serving four years in the Army and three inactive, Gary returned home and became a jack of all trades.  He was a welder, construction worker, drywaller, framer, roofer, backyard mechanic, and a janitor.  But most of all, he spent his life being a loving husband, father, grandpa to all, and friend to many.

Gary had a heart of gold! If you ever needed something, anything at all, and you asked him for help, he was there for you. If you needed a place to stay, he would invite you into his home. If you needed food, he would feed you. If you needed help with building a deck or fixing a car, he was the first one there to help. Wherever he was needed, he’d be there.

He was the life of any party or gathering. Whether it was him cracking a beer with you, stoking the bonfire, his regular old small talk (including the same 10 stories you’ve heard a million time) or his wild dance moves, he was right there with you.

Gary was a man of his word and a man of many words. He stood up for those he loved and what he believed in, even if it meant he was labeled as stubborn, which he was!

If you entered his home or ran into him while he was out and about, he always had kind words, a smile, and a big hug waiting for you. He welcomed anyone into his arms for those big hugs.

By no means was Gary a perfect man, but someone once said, “What good is the good in life, without a little bad, to remind you just how good the good actually is.”

Those who knew him, have heavy hearts at this time. But, at the end of the day when you’re feeling down about losing such a great man, just take a moment and remember his big hugs, his smile, his dirty jokes, his crazy dance moves, and his big heart – and it will feel as though he is still here with you.

Gary is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Joannie; daughter, Amy (Dan) Viellieux; three granddaughters, Ashley (Alex) Shvetsova, Alysa, Darla; and his three brothers, Robert, Tommy, and Donny.

A Memorial Gathering (Respecting social distancing, encouraging masks, and limiting 10 people at a time) will take place from 1:00 – 3:00 PM Saturday, June 13, 2020, with a 3:00 PM Private family Service of Remembrance at the O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home, 225 S. 3rd St., River Falls.  Military Honors provided by the River Falls American Legion Fletcher Pechacek Post #121 will immediately follow the service at the funeral home.  Private interment will take place at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Funeral services are entrusted to the O’Connell-Benedict Funeral Home of River Falls (715) 425-5644.  www.oconnellbenedict.com

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  • Gary will be greatly missed. I worked with him at Bosch and he was a great guy and a good friend. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Gary you will be missed! It was a pleasure to get to know you and your wife joannie over the years of blowgun darts. I will miss joking around with you and all your hilarious trash talking next dart season. My heart goes out to you and your family! May you Rest In Peace!

  • My heart is so heavy. I love Joanie and Amy and to all of the wonderfully extended family. God Bless you all.

  • I had heard the news yesterday, but it hadn’t really sunk in until just now. Gary, you were basically a Grandpa to me, especially with how many summers I was able to spend growing up with Ashley and Alysa! I have fond memories of all the trouble you and my Dad would get into, and I am just devastated to see you go. I don’t even know what to say, beyond you will be missed, but we’ll be sure to throw a good party for your goodbye.