Garnett "Gary" McVicar, Janesville, WI

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

July 18, 1955 - April 17, 2017

Garnett W. “Gary” McVicar, age 61, of Janesville died on Monday, April 17, 2017, with his family by his side, at Agrace Center for Hospice & Palliative Care in Janesville, after a long and very courageous battle with cancer. Gary was born in Janesville on July 18, 1955, the son of the late Jack and Lucille “Cindy” (Millar) McVicar. On July 17, 1982 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church he married Lynn A. Berg. Gary graduated from Jos. A Craig High School in 1973, and was an outstanding track and cross country athlete, earning him the name “Zippy” for his high level of endurance, speed, and stamina. He held the record for many years in the 880-yard run at Craig High School and continues to hold the record for a track meet that was held at Parker High School. After high school, Gary attended UW Platteville and later joined the U.S. Navy on August 16, 1975. He was honorably discharged on August 15, 1977 and returned to Janesville to work for his uncle at McVicar Plumbing. Gary earned his journeyman’s license and transferred his certification to pipefitter through the Steamfitters Local 601, where he was a proud member.

In 2006, Gary had a serious, on the job accident that caused him to be out of work for over 2 years. After numerous surgeries and timeless rehabilitation, Gary taught himself how to play guitar, so he would regain mobility in his arm and hands. Although he endured the pain, it was a new-found talent that he found relaxing. Gary was also an avid golfer, and played in the Thursday Night Men’s Club at Riverside Golf Course for many years until his health declined. Gary also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and cheering on the Packers, Brewers, and Badgers. He was especially proud of the bear he shot that is on display at his home. While Gary could be stubborn, strong willed and opinionated, he was always a fighter for what he believed in. Gary was a great husband, father, and friend, who lived life to the fullest, as he knew it would never last forever. His friendship, and sense of humor will be missed by those who knew him.

He is survived by his wife, Lynn; his daughter, Kara, both of Janesville; two sisters: Kim McVicar of Menomonee Falls, WI, and Jackie (John) Rockenfield of Janesville; sisters and brothers-in-law: Michelle and Paul Bilotti of Cortland Manor, NY, and Randy and Lauri Berg of Onalaska, WI; several nieces; nephews; other relatives; and friends. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his mother and father-in-law, Janice and Lloyd Berg.

Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at the Whitcomb – Lynch Funeral Home with Rev. Jerry Amstutz officiating, with full military rites provided by VFW Kienow Hilt Post 1621. Visitation will be on Sunday from 2 p.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Memorials would be greatly appreciated if they were made in Gary’s name to Agrace HospiceCare.

Whitcomb – Lynch Funeral Home & Cremation Services

21 S. Austin Road, Janesville, WI (608) 752-2444


A very warm and heartfelt thank you to the doctors, nurses, and caregivers at Agrace HospiceCare for the wonderful care and compassion given to Gary and his family, during his final journey here on earth. All of you are true Angels!

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