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home : obituaries : obituaries   October 13, 2015

6/11/2014 10:55:00 AM
Richard Charles "Ric" Garber Jr.
Mr. Garber
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Mr. Garber

Richard Charles “Ric” Garber Jr., 67, of Normal passed away at 2:15 p.m. June 9, 2014, in his residence.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday in Cazenovia Mennonite, Cazenovia. Pastor Dennis Kennell will officiate. Burial will be at Hickory Point Cemetery, Metamora.
Visitation will 4-8 p.m. Wednesday in Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, and 2-3 p.m. Thursday in the church.
Ric was born  Aug. 14, 1946, in Metamora to Richard and Mary (Pet-tigrew) Gar-ber in the home of his grandparents, Rudy and Esther Garber. He married Mary Ellen Larson on May 8, 1994, in Bloomington.
Ric was a vibrant, independent, energetic man. His friends and family knew him to be a unique, bright treasure of a person. Ric was enthusiastic in all his life pursuits. Ric managed and marketed “Addison Grace” circa 1970s. He designed and built passive solar homes. Ric worked in the nuclear power industry for more than 23 years. He worked through his Neighborhood Redevelop-ment Corp. to redevelop and build the North Gridley Hill Condos in Bloomington. For over 32 years, Ric also owned and managed rental property in Bloomington. Ric will be remembered for his joy for life, love of nature and music, his self-sufficiency philosophy and his talent for leadership and direction. Ric was a builder and dreamer and builder of dreams.  Ric was peace loving. He will be dearly missed by those who had the privilege to know him. “He was a man ahead of his time.”
He is survived by his wife; his father, Richard Charles Garber Sr. of Eureka; one stepson, Steven Leszcynski of Huntsville, Ala.; two sisters, Linda (Phil) Clark of Colleyville, Texas and Ruth Ann (Carl) Miller of Pryor, Okla.; one brother Raymond Garber of Roanoke; nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his mother and infant sister Catherine Sue Garber.
The family suggests memorials be directed to Advocate BroMenn Hospice, Normal.
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