EAST PEORIA - Gary Dean Richrath, 65, of California, formerly of East Peoria, passed away Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015.
He was born Oct. 18, 1949, in Peoria, Ill., to Curtis and Eunice Richrath.
His parents; his sister, Sheri; and brother, Dennis, preceded him in death.
Surviving are his beloved wife, Justine; children, Eric (Jen) Richrath, Bryan Richrath and Nicole Van Tine; his brother, Wade (Dawn) Richrath; nephews, Alex (Jenny) Richrath, Aron (Kira) LoCoco and Cody (Samantha Kent) Richrath; and niece, Holly (Terry) Tatum.
Gary was born to entertain, and his unique style made him a true one of a kind. He loved his fans like family . . . and his friends and family above all. His smile could light up a room, and it will stay with us always, to comfort us in his absence. His spirit lives on in the hearts of so many through his music.
The family will hold a private memorial service.
To honor Gary's memory, the family suggests memorial contributions to MusiCares, which provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. Donations may be made through Grammy.org or by mail to MusiCares, attn: Annual Giving, 3030 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404.