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Gary Dean Monaghan

November 28, 1980 ~ February 7, 2024 (age 43) 43 Years Old

Gary Monaghan Obituary

Gary Dean Monaghan Jr., 43, was taken from us unexpectedly after a tragic accident in Mishawaka, from being struck by a train. 

Gary was born in Watertown, New York on November 28, 1980, to Gary Dean Monaghan, Sr. and the late Debbie Sue Decker Monaghan. He was also preceded in death by an infant brother.

Gary attended Carthage High School in New York and then joined the U.S. Army in 1999. He was a manager of Cheers Bar and Grill in Roseland, Indiana.

Gary enjoyed traveling and cooking all types of exquisite meals.  He was a great electrician; hardworking and was never afraid to get his hands dirty.  Gary had a great sense of humor.  One of Gary’s greatest joys was being Grandpa.  He met a lot of people in his lifetime and had a huge heart.  He will be greatly missed by his friends, family and everyone that knew him. 

Gary is survived by his father, Gary Monaghan, Sr.; his siblings, Victor Monaghan, Misty Fonzi and Tammy Graciano; his lifelong partner of twenty-four year, Lavonne Monaghan; his children Gauvin Monaghan, Kayeden Monaghan, and a daughter in Arizona; four stepchildren; and his thirteen grandchildren. Gary is also survived by his best friend, Steve Danny Mihaljevic; his childhood best friend, Jesse Besaw, along with many more family members. 

Visitation will be held from 3:00 – 7:00pm on Saturday, February 17, 2024, at Palmer Funeral Home-River Park Chapel, 2528 Mishawaka Ave., South Bend, IN.

Contributions in memory of Gary may be made to Center for the Homeless, 813 S. Michigan St., South Bend, IN 46601 or given to defray funeral expenses at Online condolences may also be shared on the website.

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February 17, 2024

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Palmer Funeral Home - River Park
2528 Mishawaka Avenue
South Bend, IN 46615


Center for the Homeless
813 S. Michigan Street, South Bend IN 46601
Tel: 1-574-282-8700


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