Gary Ross McPhail
October 5, 2021 by Hodges Funeral Home at Naples Memorial Gardens
Gary Ross McPhail
Naples – Gary Ross McPhail, 73, passed away on September 27, 2021 in Naples, FL. Born in Cicero, IL, Gary was the son of the late Philip McPhail and Dolores Theriault. Gary is survived by his beloved wife, Jeanie McPhail, and his children and stepchildren, Phillip Mark MacPhail, Laura Jean McPhail, Sarah Helen Childress and Morgan Michele Davis-Gonzalez, and his much adored grandchildren, Madeline Hayley McPhail, Abigail Jean McPhail Faessen, Nicholas James MacPhail, Blakely Grace Childress and Keagan Michele Childress. He is also survived by his brother, Philip Leon McPhail.
Gary graduated from J. Sterling Morton High School East in Berwyn, IL, and served in the United States Army where he was honorably discharged. Gary earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and pursued a career in the financial services and insurance industry that spanned 35 years in the US and the UK. He retired from AmerUs Life Insurance Group in 2007 as President and CEO and had been a resident of Naples, FL for nearly 20 years.
Gary was an exceptional husband, father, grandfather, mentor and friend, who enthusiastically traveled the world to be with his children and grandchildren in support of their activities. He enjoyed being with his family and friends the most, and was happiest on the golf course, betting on the horses, hosting Italian wine dinners and rooting for his beloved Chicago Bears.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 10am on Friday, October 1, 2021 at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, 28290 Beaumont Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34134.
Memorial tributes may be directed to the Immokalee Foundation, where Gary served as a mentor: https://immokaleefoundation.org/
Wink CEO’s Note: For anyone that worked at AmerUs Group with me- our former President and CEO has passed. Say a prayer for Jeanie and the family tonight. Fly high, Gary. -sjm