Richard R. “Dick” “Rich” Gary, Jr. - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Richard R. “Dick” “Rich” Gary, Jr.

August 10, 1931 - January 9, 2020

Richard R. “Dick” “Rich” Gary, Jr., age 88, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 9, 2020, surrounded by his loving family at Christiana Season’s Hospice.

Born in Wilmington on August 10, 1931 to the late Richard R. and Caroline Gary.  A native Delawarean, Dick grew up in Prices Run and attended H B Fletcher Brown.  Dick was the first Delaware Marine Veteran wounded in Korea and received a Purple Heart. He was also a well-known drummer playing professionally for 30 years with many different groups the last being Charlie Murray Trio.  Dick was a Sexton at Zion Lutheran Church for 25 years. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by the love of his life, Rose M Gary; and his sisters, Marie Garyantes and Carol Clark.  Dick is survived by his daughters, Patti Downs (Larry) and Diane Henderson (Michael); granddaughters, Vicki, Tracy, Jackie and Theresa; 8 great grandchildren; and with 1 great-great grandchild on the way.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Friday, January 17, 2020, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 11 am.  Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Dick’s memory to Season’s Hospice, 220 Continental Drive, Ste 101, Newark, De 19713.


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16 Condolences for Richard R. “Dick” “Rich” Gary, Jr.

  • My heart felt sympathy for the family. What a pleasure it was to meet such a wonderful man and his loving family. Pop was, indeed a strong man, who instilled great values in his family! The unconditional love was present throughout his stay at Seasons. You all have been blessed with this wonderful attribute. May you be comforted with the true fact that he is at peace and in the arms of his love Rose. Until we meet again…
    Donna Johnson, RN
    Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care

  • Diane

    I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers


  • I will miss you Dick. You were always nice to me and to my family. I loved your smile and great sense of humor and your wonderful stories! I know you are with your love Rose! Rest in peace.

  • Patti,
    I was so sorry to hear your father passed. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers dear friend.

  • Patti and family, so so sorry to hear that your dad passed. Praying for you and yours.
    Sincere sympathy

  • I lived behind Dick on No.Thatcher St. I also know Betty Jane Buck.
    I pray that the Holy Spirit will grant you consolation and peace during this time of the loss of Dick. When the Lord calls a loved one home, He leaves a gift of loving memories in exchange. God is always in your corner at a time like this if you’ll just call upon him.

  • Dear PopPop,
    You will always be my #1. You and Mommom showed me the meaning of true. I am forever thankful for you tasking us in as your own. I cherished every minute we had with you. You will forever be in our hearts. You are now with your love.
    I love you now and for always.
    Your #1

  • Hi Uncle Dickie,

    I wish that we could have spoken one more time before you left us. I always enjoyed your phone calls. You were Uncle Hub’s best friend and he cherished you. I loved booking the 2 of you on the bus to Atlantic City every month with Delaware Express. I’m going to miss you and I’ll also miss sending you greeting cards on all the holidays! I know that you are happy up in heaven with Rose and I’ll be thinking about you.


  • Diane & Family,
    The loss of a parent is almost too much to bear, my heart goes out to you and your family. May you find the strength in the special memories you hold in your heart. God Bless, and sincere condolences. Love, Johna & Frank❤️

  • Patty and Diane
    My prayers and condolences to you and family
    Thanks for allowing me to be part of your dad’s care
    He will truly be missed!
    God bless
    Carmen Henderson, CNA

  • Diane Patty and Family,
    Im so very sorry for your loss! Your Dad was a sweet man and I loved his singing! Thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad and difficult time!

  • Patti and Diane, I wish I had the words to say for you ladies about the loss of your dad on earth and I wish that I knew the 2 of you better but just know that I’m thinking of you and praying for your families all the way from Tn. You all hold space in my heart and I’m sending my love. I know Uncle Dickie was a very well loved and special man. Love to all.

  • I knew Richard for over 12 yrs. He was a good friend and neighbor. I will miss him.

  • I am so sorry to hear that Uncle Dick has passed away. My thoughts are with your family. I am glad to have had him & Aunt Rose as our neighbors. I will always remember the both of them very fondly.


  • Patti, I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayer go out to you and your family. I never met your Dad, but I feel I know him from the talks we had when we worked to together. I hope you understand that he’s in a better place and back together with your Mom. Take care.

  • Patti, Diane and Family
    “Those we love don’t go away, they remain with us everyday, not seen, not heard, but always near, still loved, still missed and always dear.” I feel blessed to have known your Dad. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Sincere sympathy,