December 3, 1945 – July 5, 2017


Gary Frank Rivard, age 71, of Newton, Illinois, passed away at 10:30 PM - Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at his home.


Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 14, 2017, at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Newton, Illinois with Fr. Dean Probst celebrating mass. Burial will be in Westlawn Cemetery in Newton, Illinois. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the mass at the church. In loving memory of Gary, memorials may be made to the Jasper County Cancer Fund. Arrangements are under the care of the Meyer Funeral Home in Newton, Illinois. The obituary can be viewed and condolences left at


Gary was born on December 3, 1945, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Raymond and Emily (Ebner) Rivard. He married Annette Berger on July 4, 1986, in Hawthorn Woods, Illinois; she survives. Gary was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Newton. He enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, golf and bowling.


Gary is survived by his wife of 31 years, Annette Rivard of Newton; four children, Matthew Smith of Hutsonville, Sharon (Jim) Angle of Olney, Theresa Lame of Toledo, and Deborah (Randall) Ochs of Newton; three brothers, Raymond Rivard of Crystal Lake, Mark (Donna) Rivard of Mt. Prospect, and John (Diana) Rivard of Arlington Heights; two sisters, Nancy (Brian) Fennell of Austin, Texas and Cathy (Todd) Bellah of Corpus Christi, Texas; fifteen grandchildren and twenty-one great-grandchildren.


Gary was preceded in death by his parents.