Gary L. Grossenbacher
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Grossenbacher, Gary L.
1955 - 2020
Gary Grossenbacher, 65, of Galena, passed away on August 3, 2020, surrounded by his daughters, Shelly and Julie. It was an ending to a life lived in passionate pursuit of a dream, and a legacy left to those who knew him. Gary was born on May 27, 1955, to Lewis and Goldie Grossenbacher, in Canton, Ohio. From an early age, he loved racing. Hard work and opportunity provided Gary one of the most respected and distinguished careers in auto racing. Gary graduated from Arizona State University in 1984 with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. He began his career on the sports car circuit with Holbert Racing. Owner of the team and driver, Al Holbert, had a notable impact on Gary, propelling an analytical mind to higher degrees of creativity, problem-solving, collaboration, and teamwork. In 1993 he moved to Indy cars. Gary found open-wheel racing challenging and fun. It was here that he began to hone his craft of solving complex challenges with budding technologies. Gary and his teams won distinguished races throughout his career. Among these are Indy car championships, 24 Hours of Daytona, and multiple IMSA World Championships. Gary also enjoyed coaching and mentoring young engineers during his 35 years in auto racing. Although Gary was a distinguished engineer, his greatest accomplishment was being a father. Gary made it his mission to raise his girls with a high degree of confidence in problem-solving, a sense of independence, and most important, grit. Although Gary's passing is unexpected, in many ways he left this world in the manner in which he operated – tough and fast. Gary is preceded in death by his wife Linda, parents Lewis and Goldie, and grandaughter Joceyln Ellen Eckels, and dear friend Al Holbert. He is survived by his daughters, Shelly (Shad) Eckels, Julie (Jordan) Keller; and four grandsons, Liam Garrett Eckels, Llewyn "Lew" Wesson Keller, Langston Wildwood Keller, and Lyle Warrick Keller; siblings, Cindy Grossenbacher, Terry Grossenbacher, Barry (Tami) Grossenbacher; and multiple nephews and nieces. A private graveside service will be held on Friday, August 7. Due to current events, a celebration of life will be held next summer at a race yet to be determined. Arrangements are by SCHOEDINGER WORTHINGTON CHAPEL. Visit www.schoedinger.com to send online condolences and share memories with the family. As a child of a veteran, Gary was deeply patriotic and believed in the 'American dream'. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Wounded Warrior Project.

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Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Aug. 5 to Aug. 6, 2020.
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August 10, 2020
Gary was a great engineer and leader. He will be sorely missed on our project team. My thoughts are prayers are with the family.
Aaron Hatok
Coworker
August 10, 2020
Gary was great mentor to me early in my racing career and we managed to reconnect over the years and even do some work with him late last year - he was always the same steady, hard working, tenacious problem solver.
Prayers for Shelly and Julie and the rest of their families.
Ray Leto
Coworker
August 8, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Tom & Pat ODell
Coworker
August 7, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
David Grossenbacher
Family
August 7, 2020
Gary was my first cousin. We grew up with the love of racing. He had a great career and had the best racing stories. The last time I saw him was at a race. My sympathy to his entire family. He was a great man!
Linda Miday
Family
August 7, 2020
My Deepest Sympathy to the entire family. Most of my memories of Gary are from a time when the family would visit Ohio on vacation. As a child he was extremely ornery (as I recall) as an adult I had the privilege to attend a couple races with him and I will hold those memories very fondly in my heart. A great man, father, husband, friend and cousin will be missed.
Judy Schilling Gilland
Family
August 5, 2020
How tough this news is. It seems like I keep losing friends and family to cancer. Prayers to Shelly and Julie and their families. Gary was a great friend and colleague. Good-bye for now until I see you and Linda in heaven, buddy.
Brian
Coworker
August 5, 2020
Thanks for the time we spent together in Warrington PA.
Tom
Coworker
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