Gary Lee Irick, 63, of Buckeye, Ariz., passed away Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, surrounded by the beauty of the desert that he loved so much.
He was born in Bellefontaine on Sept. 13, 1953, to the late Robert A. Irick and Phyllis A. Mosier Irick, who survives in West Liberty. He is also survived by his wife, Wende, of Buckeye, Ariz.; two sons, Randy of Flagstaff, Ariz., and Nathan of Buckeye; one grandson, Skyler; two sisters, Sheryl Caudill of Cridersville and Betty (Hans) Blumenstein, of Lima; brothers, the Rev. Ronald (Cindy) Irick of West Liberty and Timothy (Cyndi) Irick of Hilliard; numerous nieces and nephews; and multiple cousins, aunts and uncles.
Gary grew up in Bellefontaine, where he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, and was a member of the Order of the Arrow. He graduated valedictorian of the Bellefontaine High School Class of 1972.
He earned a triple bachelor of science degree in mechanical, nuclear and civil engineering from Arizona State University. Early on, he worked for the Arizona Highway Department, before beginning his life’s work, building the Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant. Gary served many years as Scoutmaster, and was the founder and long-time fire chief in Arlington, Ariz.
Gary’s other passion in life was the Arizona desert, and the oasis he developed as his home. The last couple years were plagued with health issues, but his joy was sitting on the porch, surrounded by his garden in the desert.
Per Gary’s request, his body will be cremated, there will be no services.