Gary Steven Locke

Born: Mon., Apr. 30, 1956
Died: Sun., Sep. 16, 2012


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Wed., Sep. 19, 2012
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Wed., Sep. 19, 2012
Location: Ravenna Location

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Thu., Sep. 20, 2012
Location: Immaculate Conception Church

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Gary Steven Locke, 56, passed away Sunday, September 16, 2012 at Robinson Memorial Hospital. He was born April 30, 1956 to Peter P. and Rose M. (Galzerano) Locke in Ravenna, Ohio. Mr. Locke was a lifelong member of Immaculate Conception Church. He is survived by his wife of 29 years Susan (DiPaola) Locke and daughters Natalie Claire (fiance Francis Brennan) and Meredith Elaine Locke both of Ravenna. He also leaves behind his mother Rose Locke, his aunts  Dorothy (AI) Stoessner and Philomena Ballista. Sisters-in-law Kathleen DiPaola, Sandra Alger, Peggy DiPaola, Mary Beth (William) Barber, Veronica (Jim Just) Collins all of Ravenna, and Maria (Greg) Weakland of Atwater. Eighteen nieces and nephews, seven great nieces and nephews and many cousins. Mr. Locke was blessed with a wonderful group of friends he considered his brothers.
He was preceded in death by his father Peter P. Locke and several aunts and uncles. Gary was a 1974 graduate of Ravenna High School. He attended the University of Akron and graduated with a degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis on Social Studies. He also received his Master's Degree in Urban Planning. Mr. Locke has been employed with the City of Kent for 32 years. From 1990-1994 Gary was the Director of Community Development. In 1996 he assumed the Director of Community Development role again and has held that position to the present day. Gary Locke was posthumously honored at a gathering of coworkers and business friends. His widow and daughters were presented with a Key to the City in his honor, a Proclamation from the City of Kent a scholarship fund being established in his name, and a Mayoral Proclamation from the City of Ravenna. A Family and Community Services 10 unit apartment building which Mr. Locke helped procure funds for has been named The Locke Apartments. His professional affiliations include: being a member of OCCD (Ohio Conference of Community Development) for 20 years, holding the position of President in 2004; and also being a member of NEFCO (Northeast Ohio Four County (Organization) for 20 years. He was a member of the Ravenna Planning Commission.
He was a member of the Ravenna Elks for 15 years, Kent Lions 5 years, and Kent Rotary 5 years. Gary was also a past member of the Portage County Men's Bowling Association, serving one year as president. Mr. Locke enjoyed listening to jazz, playing golf and bowling.  Gary's name was placed in the United States Bowling Hall of Fame for having an 800 series and was also fortunate to have bowled three 300 games. Calling hours wil be 2-4 & 7-9 PM Wednesday September 19, 2012 at the Shorts-Spicer-Crislip Funeral Homes Ravenna Chapel.  Mass of Christian services will be 10:00 AM Thursday September 20, 2012 at Immaculate Conception Church Ravenna, Ohio.  Private graveside services will be held later. In lieu of flowers the family is asking that donations be made to the Gary Locke Scholarship Fund c/o Bridget Susel, City of Kent, 930 Overholt Rd. Kent, Ohio 44240.

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Rodney Bird and Pat Bruns
   Posted Tue September 18, 2012
Sue, Natalie, and Meredith - Pat and I were extremely sad to hear of Gary''s passing. Rod had communicated with him on Facebook at at time we were both having chemo treatments, and we both understand the battle that he fought with lukemia. We pray and know that he is now in a better place and free of pain and cancer.

We also pray that God will send you his grace to help you through this time and comfort you for your deep loss. We will certainly honor your wish and make contribution to the scholarship fund in his honor.

With profound sympathy, Rod & Pat

Greg Ash
   Posted Tue September 18, 2012
Gary was a family man and a public servant who kept out of the lime light. He always had time to say hi. I met him at many of his family gatherings and work related functions. I recently talked with him and he was looking forward to his daughters wedding. I will miss him and the Kent- Ravenna communities will miss him. I know his family will miss there dad, uncle and husband a lot. I am glad and forunate to have met him and his loving family. May you rest in peace Gary.

   Posted Tue September 18, 2012
I cannot express how much sorrow I feel for you and the girls. He was taken too young and had suffered greatly this past year.

His reward for being the most decent man is to be up with God now. And he is free from anymore pain. May that be a comfort to you.

Love to you

Janet Hayes-Young
   Posted Tue September 18, 2012
Susan - So very sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Marsha Morris
   Posted Tue September 18, 2012
I am so saddened from the loss of your husband, dad, son, brother and dear friend. I went to school with Gary. He was always a wonderful friendly fella. I always looked forward to seeing him at our class reunions.
He will be truly missed by many people. My prayers are with you all. Be strong for each other. He is your shining star in the sky, just as my brother is for me.

   Posted Tue September 18, 2012
I am so sorry Susan. Gary was taken to early. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Natalie, and Meredith as well as everyone else in our family.

I love you.

Paul "Sammy" DiPaola
   Posted Tue September 18, 2012
My thoughts and prayers go out to our family. I wish your grief period be short and may the good Lord look after you.

All my Love, until we meet again.

Cathy Kelley-Tisch
   Posted Wed September 19, 2012
Susan, Meredith and Natalie, please accept my condolences of your husband/dad's passing. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to watch you girls grow up and frequently babysit. Your dad was certainly one-of-a-kind guy and Susan, you should be proud of the father he was to the girls. Prayers being sent for your comfort and peace in this time of sorrow.


nyla caris parker
   Posted Wed September 19, 2012
im so very sorry for your inceredible loss. he was a gem. such a funny guy lots of laughs. he will be very missed

Tom and Kathy Scheck
   Posted Thu September 20, 2012
Sue, Natalie and Meredith,
Tom and I were saddened at the news of Gary's death. We pray that your hearts will heal and that you will be comforted by the memories of your Dad and husband. He was a good, kind man and I know that he will be greatly missed.

Jean Jarosz
   Posted Thu September 20, 2012
To Susan and the girls, I was so surprised and sorry to read of Gary''''''''s passing. You were all such a good family and he will be sorely missed by you as well as the Kent community. Please accept my sincere condolences. Jean (NEOUCOM)

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