Gary Lee Pike

February 7, 1954January 16, 2014

Gary Lee Pike age 59, of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 9:55 A.M. on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at his residence after a long courageous battle with cancer. Gary was born February 7, 1954 in Morgantown, West Virginia to Paul & Thelma (Clark) Pike of Englewood, Ohio. Gary is survived by his wife, Linda (Simmons) Pike; step children, Tracy & Dan Beachy, Christine & Stacy Moody and Brian & Jenni Sanders; 7 step grandchildren; brothers & sisters-in-law, David & Bobbi Pike and Robert & Mary Pike; sister, Janet Rader; and numerous nieces and nephews. Gary retired from the Union City Body Company in Union City, Indiana and transferred to Navistar in Springfield, Ohio where he had a total of 40 years of service. Gary was an active volunteer of the Darke County Parks where he volunteered a lot of his time and served as President of the Friends of the Park. Gary loved astronomy and loved showing people the different stars and planets; he started a star gazer club at the Darke County Parks. Gary was a member of the Stillwater Astronomy Club at Brukner Nature Center in Troy. He loved his grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Gary was a good man whose selfless acts of kindness and giving will never be forgotten. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Pastor Janet Rader officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Township Memorial Garden in Darke County. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. and Wednesday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 A.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Association of Darke County, State of the Heart Hospice or Darke County Parks.


  • Visitation Tuesday, January 21, 2014
  • Visitation Wednesday, January 22, 2014
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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January 21, 2014

We have alot of happy memories of Gary,he always made you laugh! Gary worked with Ron forever at UCBC- Workhorse.He will be greatly missed.

Ron and Mary Kreitzer,Greenville,Ohio

Ruth McIntyre

January 20, 2014

It is with fondness that we remember the time our families spent together all those years ago. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this very sad time.

Your West Virginia friends,
The McIntyre family, Ruth, Marci, and David

Kent Neargarder

January 20, 2014

I'll miss you Mr pike was great working with you all those years my regards to the family.Gary will be missed greatly.

Edith Clevenger

January 20, 2014

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I worked with Gary at workhorse. He was a man with kindness and respect toward all! His humor and dignity will live on through those of us who knew him

Jeff Huffman

January 20, 2014

To the Pike Family...Kathy & I are so sorry or your loss, Gary was a good friend from the past in West Virginia and UCBC.

The Beachys

January 20, 2014

We first met Gary roughly 14 or 15 years ago when him and Mom started dating. Next thing you know, they were married. Gary was so perfect for Mom. He took pleasure in helping making her life better. It was good to see her happy again.

Gary was also a wonderful Grandpa. Mom & Gary practically raised Matthew & Ashley when they were little. Yesterday, Ashely was reflecting on how she will miss not playing games with Grandpa. Her and Matt got to laughing while remembering playing the Princess game. Grandpa always wanted to have fun with them and would even be a good sport and wear the jewelry!! Lol. Gary was such a positive role model in their lives and they will miss him greatly . . we all will

Cheryl Blagg Rogers

January 20, 2014

Dear Pastor Pike and family, I am a person from your past with lots of fond memories. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Gary. May you feel the arms of Jesus around you at this difficulty time. My love and prayers are with you. Cheryl Blagg Rogers (Pleasant Valley Church, Salem, WV)

Chantal Netzley

January 20, 2014

Gary, we will all miss you. You were a great person and friend to my father!! I have great memories of telescopes and Stillwater Stargazer meetings at Brukner Nature Center with you all.

John Hangen

January 20, 2014

To the Pike family....So sorry to here about Gary. Remeber all the good times in Grodon. Like the time your cat attacked our dog.....John Hangen

Ron Netzley

January 20, 2014

Gary and I view'd and shared the beautiful night sky from the Mountains in the East to the Sand Hills of Nebraska. We spent hours together at his scopes eyepiece or mine. We were in ways closer than brothers and I miss him greatly already. Rest in peace amoung the beautiful stars brother .....