The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to stand in silent honor and respect for Gary F. Monell, 73, U S Army Vietnam veteran, and a Firefighter, for his final services on Monday, 30 August 2021. Gary went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, 24 August 2021.
Gary graduated from East Fairmont High School in 1965 then joined the Army on the buddy plan. He served in the Vietnam War before being stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska for two years.
He was a city firefighter for 15 years and helped run the family business Frankies Supper Club all his life. Gary loved the outdoors. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, and riding his four-wheeler to visit his neighbors or deliver canned goods and homemade sausage. He spoiled his grandchildren and never passed up an opportunity to spend more time with them. Gary also enjoyed riding his Harley and taking road trips with his wife.
He was a member of several organizations, such as Disabled American Veterans, VFW, Knights of Columbus, Mobile Riverine Force Association, and Vietnam Veterans of America.