Gary Ellerkamp (1955 - 2018)

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Gary Joseph Ellerkamp passed away February 3, 2018 in Shelbyville, Ky. Gary was born June 17, 1955 to his parents, George Joseph Ellerkamp and Faye Perkins Ellerkamp. He was retired from the Surplus Property Division of Kentucky State Government.
In 1979, Gary met the love of his life, Ann-Lynn Hall Ellerkamp. They were married in 1988. Since that day they remained lovers, companions and friends throughout a fulfilling life of Good Eats (Gary would travel anywhere for a plate of authentic Barbecue) and many trips to New Orleans, Santa Fe, Maine and points of interest in between. Gary leaves in the care of his wife Ann their four legged children, Bunk, Laci, Moby, Rory and all those who have already crossed the rainbow bridge, where I imagine Gary has stopped for a while to toss the ball and play catch with them all. Gary loved the ponies and loved good music, spending many a soulful hour listening to Grover Washington, War and all the funky sounds of our generation. Gary and Ann were politically active and Gary was a member of the Shelby County Democrats, KFTC, ACLU and NAACP.
"Losing our Gary is like losing a part of ourselves. We will always miss his stories, his love, laughter and great energy. We will miss all the nights of our youth that helped define us. Gary was a true friend to anyone who was lucky enough to be in his orbit, no matter their color or creed. As a young man, Gary was at once a little wild and yet sure of his place in the world. Never a snob. Always kind. Gary was a huge Cardinal Fan, a decent basketball player, and a monster on the sandlot football fields of our youth. But most of all, Gary was a gatherer of the stories that helped define us. He was our scrapbook, our reflection pond. We have lost so much with his passing. I will always remember that big shock of red hair as we ran through the dew-soaked summer lawns of so long ago. We will always remember him with great fondness and much love."
Gary is survived by his loving wife, Ann-Lynn Hall Ellerkamp; brother, Greg Ellerkamp (Kathy); mother-in-law, Elizabeth Davis; sister-in-law, Gail Musick (Ralph Dunn); niece, Shannon Ellerkamp; and nephews, Kevin Ellerkamp & Matthew Musick.
In lieu of flowers, donations can me made to: Fairness.org, Tyson's Chance Animal Foundation and Kentucky Racetrack Chaplaincy.
A celebration of Gary's life will be held in the Spring.
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Cremation Society Of Kentucky
4059 Shelbyville Rd
Louisville, KY 40207
(502) 897-5898
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Published in The Sentinel-News on Feb. 14, 2018