Gary Michael Erath, 57, of Cherokee Village, Ark., was born Nov. 2, 1950, in Aurora, Ill., and died March 26, 2008, as a result of a motor vehicle accident.
He graduated from Marmian Military Academy, and then enlisted in the United States Marine Corp, serving in Vietnam. Following his military service, he attended Waubonsee Community College, Fresno State University and University of California San Luis Obispo. Gary and his wife lived for many years in Cayucos, Calif., relocating to Cherokee Village, Ark., several years ago.Survivors include: his wife, Lucy Nelson Erath; his parents, Lawrence (Ellen) Erath and Audrey (Robert) Knighton, all of Cherokee Village, Ark.; one sister, Lynne (Styhen) Corrao of Joliet, Ill.; a stepson, Christopher (Kimberly) Nelson; a granddaughter, Ruby Nelson; and other relatives and friends.Arrangements were by Clary Funeral Homes of Alton and Thayer, Mo., and Mammoth Spring, Ark.