Gary Lee Rabe, 58, passed away the evening of Saturday, June 17, 2017 at home.
He was born on July 7, 1958 in Lima, Ohio to William and Pauline (Elwer) Rabe, who have preceded him in death. On August 29, 1981, he married his soul mate Susan Pieraccini. They had been married for 35 years. He is survived by his wife Susan, two brothers Steve (Lynn) Rabe of Tucson, Arizona and Dave Rabe of Delphos, Ohio and one sister Linda Rabe of Phoenix, Arizona. Three sisters in law, Patti (Randy) LeMar of Waynesfield, Ohio; Joann Heindel of Lima, Ohio; Glenna Pieraccini of Alger, Ohio and one brother in law, Steve Pieraccini of Lima, Ohio. He is survived by four nephews Andy (Christy) Rabe of Columbus, Ohio; Ken Rabe of Tucson, Arizona; Kyle (Laura) Rabe of Tucson, Arizona, and Robert LeMar of Waynesfield, Ohio, and three nieces Michelle Rabe (Todd Parker) of Delphos, Ohio; Kristen (Pieraccini) Moses of Lima, Ohio and Nicole Heindel of Lima, Ohio. He was Godfather to Lauren Rabe of Columbus, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his nephew Jason Rabe of Delphos, Ohio; his in laws Nick and Nancy Pieraccini of Lima, Ohio; sister in law Roxanne Rabe of Delphos, Ohio and brother in law Nicky John Pieraccini of Alger, Ohio.
Gary worked at Microchip Technologies as a Principal Engineer in the Diffusion Equipment Enhancement Group at the Tempe facility for the last 32 years.
Gary had a kind and gentle soul that left a positive influence on all who met him. He and Sue enjoyed their travels to Hawaii, Alaska and many golfing adventures around the United States. He always enjoyed going back to Ohio and Tuscon to spend quality time with his family. He also enjoyed woodworking as he built most of their furniture in their home, working on automobiles and fishing the many lakes of Arizona and Alaska. He will be greatly missed.
A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:00 am on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at St Bridget Catholic Church, Mesa, Arizona. The Rev. Charles Parker will officiate. Burial will be at Mountain View Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 7900 E Apache Trail, Mesa, Arizona.
Friends may call from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on Monday, June 26 at Mountain View Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 7900 E Apache Trail, Mesa, Arizona. Following the burial ceremony, there will be a luncheon at Mountain View Memorial Gardens.