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Gary Linn EagerPassing: July 17, 2020

Service:

Mitchell Cemetery

Graveside Service

Saturday, July 25th @10:30 a.m.

Visitation:

Mitchell Community Building

Saturday, July 25th @ 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Cemetery:

Mitchell Cemetery

Saturday, July 25th @ 10:30 a.m.

Gary Linn Eager,73, of Mitchell, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 17, 2020, surrounded by his loving family.  He was born in Bedford, Indiana on May 16, 1947 to Floyd “Bus” Eager and Bonnie (Limeberry) Eager.  He married Susan Dawes Eager on June 17, 1987, and she survives.

Gary was a member of McDonough Road Baptist Church in Fayetteville, Georgia. Locally, he attended Spice Valley Baptist Church until he was hampered by failing health. 

In addition to his wife of 33 years, he is survived by his son, Lt Jonathan Eager, West Lafayette Indiana Police Department  (Cindi); daughter Kathy Shumpert, registered nurse (Carl) of Peru, Indiana; sister-in-law Jacqueline Eager of Mitchell; grandchildren Dylan Lynch, Collin Riddle, Sophia Eager, Jackson Eager, Ian Shumpert and Ivana Shumpert; great-grandchildren Prince Shumpert, Pryce Shumpert and Ryder Williams; nephews Gary G. Eager and Marty Eager, whom he loved as his very own; and numerous great-nieces,  great-nephews and very special cousins. He is also survived by an extensive law enforcement family. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, father-in-law Russell C. Dawes, former wife Margaret Inman White, brother Michael Eugene Eager, and niece Amy Mahan.

After graduating from Mitchell High School in 1965, he enlisted in the US Navy, serving three tours in Vietnam.  After returning from military service, Gary obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Indiana State University in 1973. Later that year, Gary started a long and distinguished 28-year career in law enforcement becoming a police officer with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.  In 1975 he earned a Master of Arts degree in Administration of Justice from Webster College in St. Louis, Missouri.  After five years as a police officer, Gary was appointed as a United States Postal Inspector assigned to Chicago, Illinois. He primarily worked external crimes against the United States Postal Service which included armed robbery investigations, and extensive undercover work such as murder-for-hire cases and covert purchases of stolen government property.  While working in Chicago, Inspection Service management advised Gary a “contract” had been placed on his life.  He was told to refrain from further gang-related investigations and to consider relocation of his family. Instead, in true Eager fashion, he quickly located the leader of the gang and arrested him ending the problem.  After just 6 years as a Postal Inspector, he was promoted to Team Leader of External Crimes in Cincinnati, Ohio.  He served as a working supervisor for 17 years in various positions including Regional Program Manager for External Crimes for the Southern Region in Memphis Tennessee.  He finished his distinguished career in Atlanta, Georgia where he led the External Crimes Team and headed the Financial Security Team for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and assisted in the initial investigation of the Olympic bombing.  He retired in 2001. He also served as an advisor to the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.

In 2005, Gary returned to the Mitchell area and reunited with family and friends.  He taught criminal justice courses at Ivy Tech in Bloomington, Indiana for approximately 2 years until his health began to deteriorate because of Agent Orange related issues.  He always made time to provide counsel to law enforcement officers across the country.

Gary was full of life and could add a humorous twist to almost any situation. An obituary cannot accurately portray his sense of humor and timing.  Although filled with sadness, the family looks forward to hearing “Eager stories” at his Celebration of Life. As he battled a multitude of health issues, Gary told a dear friend that he was not worried in the least. He was a winner regardless of the outcome.   “He would survive to live on, or he would be met at the pearly gates by Beau-his beloved Golden Retriever.” He dearly loved his family, friends and dogs. He served as Postal Inspector agency president and National Chapters Director for the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association.  He was a member of the American Legion Post 250, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9107, Spring Mill Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 172 and the National Association of Retired Postal Inspectors.  

July 17, 2020 serves as proof that heroes do not live forever.  But the love his family has for him will never die.

Graveside services with military and police honors will be held at Mitchell Cemetery on July 25, at 10:30 am.  Pastor Roger Allen will officiate assisted by Brother Herb Halbert.  A celebration of life and visitation with the family will be held at the Mitchell Community Center on July 25, from noon until 2 p.m.

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38 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: David and Barbara Eichten | http://Kelseyville, CA
    Date: July 25, 2020
    I always remember Gary for his years of military and civilian service; his many long hours some on and off the clock representing the country, the organization. and the individual members, always seeking truth with temperament and humor, not promotion, recognition or financial gain. Many of us were VERY happy to work with Gary and trust his judgment concerning our welfare. We will miss him! Susan, remember "The report? What report! No report? Oh that report!! It's being typed!!"
  2. Guest: Joe Kern | http://Mims, Fl 32754
    Date: July 23, 2020
    When Gary was 15 he had his first real date— we double-dated and went to the movies. Afterwards,while we waited in the car,he walked his date up the steps of her front porch, gave her a kiss goodnight, turned around, and immediately fell down the steps. When he got up instead of being embarrassed or upset he had this enormous smile on his face. I knew then that this kid was something special. This was Gary in a nutshell: when you stumble,get up smiling and go on.I believe this philosophy of his has touched many lives over the years.And Susan, he told me many times that you were the best thing that ever happened to him, This was a man,a real man, and he will be truly missed.
  3. Guest: Cindy Miller | http://Mitchell, indiana
    Date: July 23, 2020
    Susan, I was so sad to hear of Gary’s passing. I loved hearing all the stories he told from his past working days. I hope you know my thoughts and prayers are with you and the family during this difficult time. If you need anything just let me know. May he Rest In Peace.
  4. Guest: Russ Fallis | http://Knoxville, TN
    Date: July 23, 2020
    Susan, my sincerest sympathy to you and the Eager family. I certainly would have made plans to come to the funeral on Saturday, but am recovering from Covid-19. The worst has passed, but I should not be around others. We all have "Eager Stories" and I will regret not hearing more on Saturday. My thoughts will be with you all at this difficult time.
  5. Guest: Corne Huelsebusch | http://Manchester, MO
    Date: July 23, 2020
    Knew Gary as a St. Louis Police Officer and a postal inspector. Always wished he would return to St. Louis so we could work together as postal inspectors. He will be missed, great guy! Condolences.
  6. Guest: John Hemphill | http://Sautee-Nacoochee, GA
    Date: July 22, 2020
    Susan, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Rest in Peace My Friend. God Bless.
  7. Guest: Keith Salter | http://Chadds Ford PA
    Date: July 22, 2020
    Work hard play hard, one those guys that knew what needed to be done and got it done. To you and all those Inspectors like you, “here’s to you and them that are like you, damn few left!”
  8. Guest: Tom Murphy | http://Chicago, Illinois
    Date: July 22, 2020
    I had the pleasure of knowing him as a fellow Postal Inspector in the Chicago Division. Everyone including me admired him for his work effivic, the fire he had in his belly and for his work accomplishments! But I especially admired him for being so friendly. Everyone loved him with his smiles and laughter. A really nice guy!!
  9. Guest: Allyson Wilson | http://Eight Mile, AL
    Date: July 22, 2020
    My deepest sympathies fir you & your families during this very difficult time of saying " Goodnight" to a cherished loved one.
  10. Guest: Pete Scheibe | http://Mitchell, Indiana
    Date: July 22, 2020
    so sorry to hear of Gary's passing. My condolences to his family. He was a good man.
  11. Guest: Heath Grissom | http://Orleans, Indiana
    Date: July 22, 2020
    Gary was my cousin and I thank god he was in my life and I am honored to have known him. A great memory I have of Gary was the night we all celebrated his retirement and many of his story’s about my family from years past R.I.P. shipmate I salute you and I will miss you
  12. Guest: Scott and Sandy Wright | http://Fort Worth y
    Date: July 22, 2020
    We are very saddened to hear of the passing of your father, y'all are in our prayers
  13. Guest: Dene Holso | http://Eola, IL
    Date: July 21, 2020
    I too was a newly appointed Postal Inspector in Cincinnati and when the day was done we gathered for beer and skyline chili and went over the events of the day. Gary always had the best stories to tell!
  14. Guest: Judy and James Wheat | http://Orleans
    Date: July 21, 2020
    Susan and family Words just dont seem adequate to tell you how much Gary will be missed. We loved visiting with you both and being your friends.
  15. Guest: dennis peil | http://CASA GRANDE, AZ
    Date: July 21, 2020
    Can't say enough about my friend, co-worker and adviser. Offered accommodations when I first came to Chicago and the U/C team and counsel when I retired from Atlanta. From the 1st beers and laughs we shared, mutual security on the streets, through all the stories and memories from "the job" up through his FLEOA knowledge and position, Gary was the essential definition of FRIEND. Not good-bye, buddy, but see you later.
  16. Guest: John Comber | http://Malvern, PA 19355
    Date: July 21, 2020
    The National Assn. of Retired Postal Inspectors extends its deepest sympathy at this most difficult of times.Gary was truly a devoted Postal Inspector, investigator and gentleman. He will be missed. John Comber, Secretary
  17. Guest: Robert L Chavez | http://Roswell, Ga
    Date: July 21, 2020
    Rest In Peace brother Eager. Condolences to the family. God bless all of you.
  18. Guest: Joseph Stock | http://Hillsborough NJ
    Date: July 21, 2020
    As a newly appointed Postal Inspector, I was assigned to the Cincinnati Division. Gary was my first team leader (supervisor). He was an excellent mentor. He took the job seriously, but he made it exciting and fun. We shared many great times on the road while also being successful. He will be missed. My deepest sympathy to the family.
  19. Guest: scott mundy | http://buffalo, ny
    Date: July 21, 2020
    to quote gary.."we was babies together" closest i ever had to a brother
  20. Guest: Travist Wiggins | http://Manchester, MO
    Date: July 21, 2020
    Had the pleasure of knowing and working with Gary, while domiciled with the Inspection Service in Indianapolis, IN. He was a well of knowledge and was always willing to share. Condolences to his family.
  21. Guest: Jeff Sims | http://Jonesboro, Ga
    Date: July 21, 2020
    Thanks for all your work on my USPIS pay which greatly increased my retirement. I will never forget when one night in Atlanta you had LEVs continually going around a block where a robber lived. During that time the robber called you and asked that he not be shot when he came out of house to give up. You let him surrender in peace. Thanks for your contact with US Representatives and Senators which so much helped to increase USPIS reputation when it was so needed. Thanks for marrying Sue who is such a great person and always willing to laugh at all the dumb jokes your friends told. Thanks for all the friendships you had on the Postal side. Thanks for looking out after those less fortunate in life than you. Thanks for being my friend. Thanks for all the hi-jinks you and Randy Stewart came up with. You were great to work with and thank you for your service. You live on with God our Father.
  22. Guest: Drew Pearce | http://Longmont, Colorado
    Date: July 21, 2020
    My condolences to the family for their loss. I met Gary when I was assigned to the Memphis Division as a new Inspector and he was working at the Southern Region office. When I was career pathed to the Chicago Division in 1992, I heard a lot of stories of his exploits there. So sorry to read of his passing.
  23. Guest: pat carr | http://Johnstown, Colo
    Date: July 21, 2020
    I worked with Gary in Chicago, and enjoyed his humor every day. God bless
  24. Guest: Dan Witowski | http://Clearwater, FL
    Date: July 21, 2020
    RIP Gary you were always good for a good laugh.
  25. Guest: Peter J Harrison | http://Cape coral FL
    Date: July 21, 2020
    Gary and I served together on the U/C team in Chicago.We had fun enjoyed the danger and made many arrests. He is a man that few will ever forget. RIP my friend.
  26. Guest: Edward Berger | http://Vienna, VA 22181
    Date: July 21, 2020
    I worked with Gary on both the External Crimes and the Undercover Teams in Chicago. Had some wild and crazy times with him especially in South Chicago. Thanks for the memories, Gary. You were a great guy!
  27. Guest: John Hardman | http://Bloomington
    Date: July 21, 2020
    Prayers for Gary’s family. He was a classmate of my brother Chris and was raised in our neighborhood in Mitchell.
  28. Guest: Marvin &Connie Smith | http://Hanover
    Date: July 21, 2020
    Sue, so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family.
  29. Guest: Janet and Charlie | http://Mitchell
    Date: July 21, 2020
    Susan, John and Kathy, Charlie and I are sick at heart over Garys passing. We thought so much of that 'little brother'. Loved hearing his stories....and Love you so much. Our prayers are with you at this time. He has a splendid family. We are proud to have been his friends. I will always love him for bringing you into our lives. The 'Grabers'.
  30. Guest: David Watson | http://Mitchell
    Date: July 21, 2020
    My Most Sincere Condolences to Susan and Gary's Family and Friends. Gary was a Long Time Friend from Our Childhood Years and Beyond. Rest in Peace My Friend and Comrade! Davy
  31. Guest: Pamela & Joseph Vanzant | http://Lawrenceburg
    Date: July 21, 2020
    Dear Susan, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We were so sorry to hear of Gary's passing. We had the pleasure of sharing in Gary's stories and humor on many steak nights and dinners out. It is correct that an obituary can not begin to discribe the full character and energy he brought with him everywhere he went. All we can do is remember you both, and be so glad we got to share time with you. Sending Love and prayers, Joe and Pam
  32. Guest: Mark E Smith | http://Dallas TX
    Date: July 21, 2020
    I have not met this man but I respect all veterans and members of police. Rest easy sir.
  33. Guest: Gary Mundy | http://Mitchell, IN
    Date: July 21, 2020
    We ran into Gary and Susan at Arbys in Mitchell shortly after his retirement. Joelle just loved them right off! Gary visited my shop and had me sew up his brief case he used to carry documents to court. He said that old case had held stuff to put away hundreds of violent offenders. I'm having a tough time coping with this. Gary and I were friends in high school. He was such a talented man and such fun to be around. I could sit all day and listen to Gary tell stories about the experiences he had in life and law enforcement. So sorry for your loss Susan and all.
  34. Guest: Connie Reynolds Stoll | http://Loogootee
    Date: July 21, 2020
    Susan, I am so sorry to hear of Gary passing. Thankful we got to visit a year ago Thanksgiving. May God hold you in His arms.
  35. Guest: Elaine Lagenour( Korki TINCHER mhs 1968) | http://BEDFORD
    Date: July 21, 2020
    RIP ON PEACE GARY N BLESS YOUR HEART. I'm sorry for the family s loss
  36. Guest: Dan Bush | http://Bedford
    Date: July 21, 2020
    Susan you are a champ! I’m here if you need anything!
  37. Guest: Artinashumpert | http://Peru, IN
    Date: July 21, 2020
    I liked to talk to him whenever he was in town, He was just a joy to me. That positive attitude made fill better about myself. He will be missed. You have done your job now God said its time for you to rest.R.I.H My friend.
  38. Guest: Michelle Porter | http://Orleans, Indiana
    Date: July 21, 2020
    Susan, I am so sorry for your loss. Keeping you in my prayers
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