Gary E. Peek

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December 31, 1953 - August 12, 2019
Born in St. Louis, MO
Resided in St. Charles, MO

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Gary E. Peek, of Saint Charles, MO, passed away Monday, August 12, 2019 at the age of 65.

Cherished son of the late Lloyd E. and Gene E. Peek; dear brother of Judith E. (the late Dwayne) Wright; loving uncle of Chris (Sarah) Wright and Elaine (Robert) Chirino; treasured great-uncle of  Kelly Wright, Gavin Stitlz, Hayley Stitlz, and Brittany (Matthew) Huskey; Gary is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and friends in the skydiving community.

Gary was a pilot and avid skydiver, making over 8,200 jumps since he began skydiving in 1981. He held numerous skydiving and aviation ratings and certificates. He was elected as United States Parachute Association Central Regional Director beginning in 1997 and had been reelected in every board election since. Gary wrote computer programs and provided clip art related to skydiving. He also wrote aviation and skydiving articles that have appeared in Parachutist magazine, Midwest Aviation Journal, World Freefall Convention Skydivers Guide (Welcome Book), and in the Safety/Articles section of DropZone.com

He owned IndustroLogic and made his living as an Electronics and Computer Consultant in the St. Louis Area. He was a researcher and proud member of the Parks College Parachute Research Group.

Gary was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Memorials may be made in Gary's name to Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Tim Sumpter August 16, 2019 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    candle 5Gary,
    I am glad we talked a month ago. I always appreciated your advice and our talks about Logic boards was always great!

    I am still trying to wrap my head around your passing! Blue Skies Brother Gary!

  2. Steven "Casper" Sewell August 16, 2019 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    candle 7Gary, you taught me and so many of us so much…about skydiving and beyond. What a contribution to this life, this world. I think I speak for everyone who knew you in saying we all wanted more time with you. You will be missed. Blue skies!

  3. Bo Moffitt August 17, 2019 at 12:32 am - Reply

    candle 5Gary,
    I have always looked up to you.. You always got back with me when I needed a skydiving question answered. I just asked you to come to a boogie and you said you needed to visit your DZ first. You were always thoughtful of others. We had some good times together. Until we meet again my friend. Blue skies brother!! Bo

  4. Joseph Mayberry August 17, 2019 at 8:09 am - Reply

    candle 1You were always a good friend. You shared your knowledge and time with everyone. You will be missed. Blue Skies until we meet again.

  5. Eddie Tichacek August 17, 2019 at 8:57 am - Reply

    candle 8Gary, thank you for all of you’re words of encouragement, knowledge, and most importantly, talk. Time out of you’re day to sit and talk to me. You will be missed my friend. Blue skies forever

  6. Bryan Ridge August 17, 2019 at 9:04 am - Reply

    Gary
    Thank you for always taking the time to chat with me about life and skydiving. You have been a great mentor and will be missed. Blue Skies.

  7. Perry Satterfield August 17, 2019 at 11:58 am - Reply

    candle 1I light this candle because the world seems just a little darker without you in it. It was always a pleasure to jump with you. I will never forget the day your nose got frost bite at Semo and you made a device to cover nose so that you could jump again. That is what a true love of skydiving is you embodied so well. The skydiving community has truly lost a great one. Blue Sky’s forever Brother.

    • Cheri & Gust Ekstrom August 17, 2019 at 5:03 pm - Reply

      So sad to hear of Gary’s passing. Praying peace for the family and friends as you deal with the loss.

  8. Dave Verner August 17, 2019 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    One of the greats in the little known world of skydiving. A lost to the fraternity of skydivers all over the world. Mny can look at the color of thier canopys and think of Gary!! So long my brother, I hope someone will take care of your hummingbird friends. Sadly Dave Verner

  9. Dave Verner August 17, 2019 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    BLue skies Gary

  10. Dave Verner August 17, 2019 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    lOne of the greats in the little known world of skydiving. A lost to the fraternity of skydivers all over the world. Mny can look at the color of thier canopys and think of Gary!! So long my brother, I hope someone will take care of your hummingbird friends. Blue Skies Dave Verner

  11. Dave Verner August 17, 2019 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    candle 8One of the greats in the little known world of skydiving. A lost to the fraternity of skydivers all over the world. Mny can look at the color of thier canopys and think of Gary!! So long my brother, I hope someone will take care of your hummingbird friends. Blue Skies Dave Verner

  12. Jim Hostler August 17, 2019 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    candle 8Your time with us was too short. Your contributions to skydiving beyond measure.
    I’ll miss you my friend. We all will.
    Blue skies forever!

  13. Elizabeth J Conner August 17, 2019 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    We will miss you, Gary, and we will think of memorable times with you and your family in St. Louis.

  14. Lamon “Monty” Kindle August 17, 2019 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    A cousin going way back, I have known Gary all of his life though we were never really close. With my extreme fear of heights, I could never think of skydiving, but was amazed at his continuous dedication to the art. I.am sure he will be severely missed by his diving friends. “Blue skies” always, Gary. God.bless you. Monty Kindle

  15. Rich Kindle August 17, 2019 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    candle 6I am so sad to hear this. I always enjoyed talking to Gary at our family reunions. He was very smart and pleasant to talk to. He will surely be missed.

  16. Alan Frazier August 18, 2019 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    candle 5Cherished friend, hangar neighbor, and very respected professional, Gary always had time to say hello before taxiing out in his 182. His commitment to aviation was so obvious from the first time I met him. His conversation was always about friendly discussion of truths and just principles and policies. He always asked what I thought. I will miss him dearly. Blue skies and tailwinds my friend. You made a difference -certainly with me.

    • Karen Twellmann August 23, 2019 at 9:49 am - Reply

      God Bless

  17. Mike Phillips August 18, 2019 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    candle 8RIP Gary, You are a good man and we will miss you. I understand there is unlimited free falling up there. Put in a good word for your brother Goons down here.

  18. Dave Ternes August 19, 2019 at 11:30 am - Reply

    Gary was a super good guy and a legendary skydiver. I have always supported his elections to the USPA as our regional director. He has been a great friend and a lot of help to those of us embroiled in airport access issues. I’ glad I had the opportunity to speak to him on the phone just a few weeks before his passing.

    Best Wishes and Blue Skies!!

  19. Audrey Thies August 19, 2019 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    candle 2Thank you for your wisdom, humor, and all the good times over the years. RIP and Blue Skies forever!!!!!

  20. michael joseph mcgowan August 19, 2019 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    No words can encompass our loss. I will miss Gary’s voice of wisdom and his friendship at every BOD meeting I attend. May God bless his biological family and help them get through this trying time

    Mike McGowan

  21. Shari Kindle August 19, 2019 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    candle 1I am so heartbroken. I did have the opportunity to skydive with Gary on several occasions and he was just an amazing jump master. He will be sorely missed! So many prayers and hugs go out to his family! I miss you all so much!

  22. Jeff McHenry August 20, 2019 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    candle 2Eternal Blue Skies Gary.
    Jeff McHenry

  23. Rob Titus August 20, 2019 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    So sad my man so sad, shall cherish our times in our youth with memories that always live on with in me

  24. Jamie and Kyle Minyard August 20, 2019 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    candle 6Rest well, Gary. Thank you for the chats at WTS about CRW line sets and sliders. To Gary’s friends and loved ones, we wish you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  25. Anne Wilson August 20, 2019 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    candle 3My first and the best skydiving mentor I ever had – Blue skies my friend.

  26. eddy ardonne August 21, 2019 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    candle 8Blue skies Gary, you’ll surely be missed…

  27. Bill Boyle III August 21, 2019 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    Blue Skies and God Bless Gary. My tandem instructor and one of my early influences in skydiving. An irreplaceable void among Midwest area skydivers. 🕉☸️✝️🌠🎇🎆🌥⛅️🌤☀️

  28. Charles Duelfer August 21, 2019 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    Patiently taught me to improve my relative work and enjoy the camaraderie of kindred spirits sharing the moment.
    The world lonelier. My condolences to his family.

    Charles Duelfer

  29. Michael Turoff August 22, 2019 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    Gary and I worked together at several Parachute Industry Association Symposium exhibitions with Dan Poynter. He was a good friend and he will be missed.

  30. Jim Smith August 23, 2019 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    candle 7Thank you for all you helped me with thru out the years.We all will miss you.Blue skies Gary

  31. Cathy Ganahl August 23, 2019 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    candle 2Thank you Gary for doing so much with the subdivision that you reside in. All of your time and efforts that you put into the website that you have created to make new and old homeowners aware of the community that they live in. Especially, for researching and schooling the trustees in becoming better board members and keeping us on track for the last 13 years. You will be missed and I say that with a heavy heart. God Bless

  32. Tom August 23, 2019 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    I found out. Dang!
    I was the guy who took Gary skydiving the first time.

  33. Michael Mendenhall August 24, 2019 at 10:47 am - Reply

    candle 3Gary was a great person who always had time to help. He listened to your problems and took great care to give you the most accurate and best information. He is my friend and he will be missed. Thank you my friend. Blue skies forever.

  34. jean potvin August 24, 2019 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    candle 7Thank you Gary for the many joyful hours spent discussing, designing, building and jump-testing scores of parachute performance sensors, data acquisition systems and novel parachute designs for parachute recovery systems. Your PDAS3’s are still part of rigs tested in the field; and your cone chutes still used on wind drift sondes prior to high altitude cargo drops. Your ideas have spawn new ones. Your legacy lives on.

  35. Debby Hudspeth (Stein) August 28, 2019 at 11:20 am - Reply

    So sorry to hear, bless his family.

  36. Robert Webb September 8, 2019 at 9:01 pm - Reply

    candle 7Gary and I met in the mid 1980’s at Archway Skydiving Center in Sparta Illinois.
    We became good friends right away and remained so through the years.
    I remember Gary’s 1,000th jump turned into a night jump. I happen to sit at a table with Gary’s mom while waiting.
    After talking to her for a while I found out Gary’s parents and mine went to school together in a little Missouri town.
    Talk about a small world we met in a different state and skydived together for a couple years
    before we knew there were other connections.

    I will always treasure our friendship
    Blue Sky’s to you my friend.

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