Gary Shelton Ivy, aged 62, of Plains, made his biggest ride yet, leaving life here on earth to motor onward into the skies on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 after a hard battle with cancer. Many family members and friends were there both in person, by phone, and in spirit to send him off with love and best wishes for a safe and awesome journey.
He left behind so very many who loved him deeply including his soul mate and wife Paula Ivy; his mother Dora (Troy); his brothers and sisters David (Kathy), Roxanne (Ken), Sue (Dan), Donnie (Diane), Karen, Steven, Mark (Melissa), Nancy; his stepbrother Tory (Christi), his stepsister Tralyn (Ken); his brother-in-law and personal angel Sam; his children Gary Ray, Cori Dawn (Chip), Shana (Marty), Chad (Mike), Heidi, Scott (Raeanna) and Ashley; and his grandchildren Darrien, Marli, Tommy, Chance, Grace, John, Tanner, Mika, Ryken and Evan. He also left behind two beloved canine companions, Chumlee and Bella.
He is preceded in death by his sister Kathleen, his daughter Chris Lynn, his father Peter, and his stepbrother Brad.
Gary was a force that hit this world on April 29, 1955 in Great Barrington, MA. Once you met him you never forgot his roaring laugh, his funny comments or the crazy things he did (and insisted you do too). He would try anything once. He was trustworthy, kind, an animal lover and the best kind of friend you would want at your side. He played hard and lived life large. Many called Gary a friend and felt fortunate to have known him, whether for a day or a lifetime. He will be greatly missed and forever remembered.
We will be celebrating Gary at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 26 at his home in Plains. There will be a eulogy and opportunity to share memories, followed by a potluck-style barbeque. We’ll finish with an hour-long motorcycle ride (each way) to a favorite pit stop. You are welcome to drive if you don’t ride. For those who would like to, you may bring a tent or trailer and camp Saturday night.
“Don’t fear dying. Fear not living. Let’s ride.”