NORMAL - Richard Charles "Ric" Garber Jr., age 67, of Normal, Ill., passed away at 2:15 p.m. Monday, June 9, 2014, at his residence.
His funeral service will be at 3 p.m. today at the Cazenovia Mennonite Church, 1086 County Road 1800 N, Cazenovia, Ill. Pastor Dennis Kennell will officiate. Burial will be in Hickory Point Cemetery in Metamora, Ill. Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home in Bloomington, Ill., and will be from 2 to 3 p.m. today at the church.
The family suggests memorials be made to Advocate BroMenn Hospice in Normal, Ill.
Ric was born Aug. 14, 1946, in Metamora, Ill., at the home of his grandparents, Rudy and Esther Garber, the son of Richard Charles and Mary Lucille Pettigrew Garber Sr. He married Mary Ellen Larson on May 8, 1994, in Bloomington, Ill. She survives.
Also surviving are his father, Richard Charles Garber Sr. of Eureka, Ill.; one stepson, Steven Leszcynski of Huntsville, Ala.; two sisters, Linda (Phil) Clark of Colleyville, Texas, and Ruth Ann (Carl) Miller of Pryor, Okla.; and one brother, Raymond Garber of Roanoke, Ill. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews
He was preceded in death by his mother and infant sister, Catherine Sue Garber.
Ric was a vibrant, independent and 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 Redevelopment Corporation to redevelop and build the North Gridley Hill Condos in Bloomington. For more than 32 years, Ric also owned and managed rental property in Bloomington.
Ric will be remembered for his joy for life, his love of nature and music, his self-sufficiency philosophy and his talent for leadership and direction. Ric was a builder and dreamer and a 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."
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