Gary Eugene Friedrich
August 21, 1943 – August 29, 2018
It is with great sadness that the family of Gary E. Friedrich announces his passing after an extended illness on August 29, 2018, at the age of 75 years. Gary was born August 21, 1943, in Jackson, Missouri, to the late Gerald and Elsie Lucille Rawls Friedrich. He was predeceased by his parents and infant brother, Nickie Ray Friedrich. Gary was raised in Jackson, Missouri, where he graduated from Jackson High School in 1961. He was editor of the high school newspaper and a member of the marching band. Gary, known by his friends as "Groovy Gary", was an American comic book writer. He began his career in New York City, where he and long time friend, Roy Thomas, were writers and editors for Marvel Comics during the 60's and 70's. Gary was a member of the legendary Marvel Bullpen of the sixties. While in New York, Gary also wrote for Skywald, Atlas/Seaboard and Charlton Comics. Gary had a major part in the creation of the Marvel motorcycle-riding character, Ghost Rider. That character was featured in two movies starring Nicholas Cage and then on a season of the ABC show "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. " He returned to reside in the St. Louis, Missouri area, where he continued freelance writing. In 2010, he received the Bill Finger Award at Comic-Con International for Achievement in Comic Book Writing. Gary will be remembered by many recovered alcoholics for his tireless work and devotion as their Alcoholic Anonymous ( AA) sponsor. He never hesitated discussing his many years battling alcoholism and attributed his sobriety to faith and AA. Following the death of an AA member, he often commented that he/she had passed on to that Big AA Meeting in the Sky. Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Jean (nee Bohnert) of Imperial, Missouri, son, Sean, and daughters, Jennifer Allie and Leslie (Chris) Moriarty , grandchildren, Ava and Sutton and sisters, Toni Cay Schweain, Allie Rebecca Brandon and his brother, Bill and wife Joy. A private family celebration of life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of Hoffmeister Mortuary in St. Louis, Missouri.
Gary Eugene Friedrich
September 2, 2018
My memory is of growing up and reading the comics that Gary wrote. His words, like those of so many others, brought a lot of joy and happiness to me: a child who spent a great deal of time alone but was never lonely because I had his adventures to catch up on every month. I wish I got to meet him and tell him how much pleasure he brought to me and all those others who waited to find out what exciting thing was about to happen next in our favourite books. I cannot think of anything greater than to bring such happiness to others. And now, some decades later, those stories are even more precious because I add to them the thrill and excitement that I remember the first time I turned the pages.
My deepest condolences to his family and friends.
Dr. Jeff McLaughlin Ph.D.