Gary D. Drnjevic (1942-2017)

Gary D. Drnjevic
November 21, 1942 – January 5, 2017 

drnjevic-resizedGary D. Drnjevic, 74, of Swansea, IL, born November 21, 1942 in Taylorville, IL, passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2017.

Gary, retired from the Meat Cutters Local #534 and Schnuck’s Markets, he was a former part time police officer for O’Fallon Police Department, Founder of the O’Fallon Underwater Search and Rescue Team, former member of the Knights of Columbus Council #4239 4th degree, Swansea Improvement Association, past St. Clair Township Democratic Precinct Committeeman in Precinct #21, he was a member of Swansea Moose Lodge #1221 and served as Prelate, Treasurer, Jr. Governor, Governor, Past Governor, member of the Past Presidents Club and was instrumental in starting the O’Fallon Moose #2608, and he owned and operated Expert Beer Line Cleaning.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Francis A. & Virginia D. (nee Sexton) Drnjevic Sr., brother; Francis A. Drnjevic Jr., and the mother of his children; Donna Fencil.

Gary is survived by 2 children, daughter; Lynn (Tim) Lillis of Caseyville, IL, son; Gary “Bud” Drnjevic (companion Kim Black) of Fairview Heights, IL, companion; Lillian Jackson of Swansea, IL, 2 brothers; Dennis (Laura) Drnjevic of Shelbyville, IL, Jim Drnjevic of Quincy, IL, sister; Jo Marie Warren of Taylorville, IL, sister in-law; Mary Drnjevic of Taylorville, IL, 3 grandchildren; Shannon (Alex) Seel, Kayla Lillis (fiancé` Chris Hewitt), Alex Lillis, extended family; Sandra (Stephen) Thompson, Brad, Cassy, Charlie, Lily, Garrett, Kirstyn, Talon and Karolyn, also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the St. Jude Hospital,, or Backstoppers at . Condolences may be extended to the family online at

A celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 from 4:00-8:00 pm, with a Moose service at 6:30 pm at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Ave. O’Fallon, IL 62269.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home.