Gary's Walk to Defeat ALS Fund
-------------Obituary posted on April 26, 2014--------------------
Gary Crook, 44, of Louisville passed away on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at the Hosparus of Louisville Inpatient unit at Norton Medical Pavilion from ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) with his wife by his side. He was born in Dearborn, MI., and was an Artist and Professor. He earned his undergraduate degree at New Mexico University in 1993 and his Masters Degree at Vermont College in 2004.
2013 was a life changing year, for just last summer Gary was hiking with his family (Dylan, Jordan, and wife Karen) and in December he was diagnosed with ALS. He has influenced aspiring artists over the years teaching at various colleges and schools leaving his mark with inspiration of design. He has touched so many people with his works.
He was a great husband, father, son, brother, and friend. Gary chose a life where he could work from home so he could spend more time with his family. He has been married for 18 years to his wife during which they strived to keep a tight knit family and at the same time run a small gift store on Frankfort Avenue (Lexie's Trading Post).
Besides his wife and children, Gary is survived by his mother, Grace Crook and sisters, Kristy Brazell, Kris Cirone, Kimberly Kilpatrick and his brother Jeff Crook; Gary Griswold and numerous other family members.
A Celebration of Life was held Monday, April 28, 2014 at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street, Louisville, Kentucky.
Thank You for your time reading about Gary and the consideration in donating. Any donation will be greatly appreciated.
Photo below: A Dogwood tree was planted on April 25, 2014 in Gary's Memory. Location: Big Rock Park , Louisville, KY
Since Gary has passed away and medical bills have been paid the money raised now will go towards Gary's Walk to Defeat ALS Team. The Louisville Walk is every May but there are walks in every major city. Cincinnati's walk is coming up at the end of September.
"This Walk is more than just a few-mile trek, the Walk to Defeat ALS® is an opportunity to bring hope to people living with ALS, to raise money for a cure, and to come together for something you care about. The Walk to Defeat ALS® is The ALS Association’s biggest annual event, which raises funds that allow our local chapters to sustain care services and support research for much of the next year."
*this statement was before the Ice Bucket Challenge which has now raised over $100 million and has been the biggest and greatest fundraiser for ALS. The Crook Family will be walking in May, so your donation will support the Kentucky Chapter for ALS.
Again, Thank You for caring.
Karen, Dylan & Jordan Crook
Gary will always be remembered and even more than ever. He was selected as a Representative for the ALS Association to get the reason he was denied social security removed. His profile will be presented in May in Washington D.C. It is a shame for someone who has worked since 1984 (minus 4 years with children) not to be awarded disability and medicare. Ill keep you posted.
Oh, the rule: You must have 5 out of the last 10 years paid into the system. Gary was the main child care giver when our children were little and he worked for different colleges as an adjunct professor. Our small business expenses offset paying a few years into the system with the economy being down so he was denied.
Warning-- this is a casual affair, so no suits ans ties. If you knew Gary, then this doesn't shock you. The last time I saw Gary in a suit was at our wedding in 1997! I have a picture so I can prove it.
Come laugh and shed a few tears while we say our final Good Byes.
An obituary will be posted in Saturday's paper but here is a link to see it at the funeral home: http://www.chapmanfuneralhome.net/obits/obituary.php?id=465562
To all....We are having to wait a few extra days with today being Good Friday and the Holiday weekend. They (funeral home) couldn't promise to have him back until the middle to end of next week, so we opted for the following Monday to give people time.
Just a note from Karen's mom to everyone who has donated: Thank you so much for your donation, kind words and out pouring of love. The family is truly grateful for the help. We are all at a loss for words that can express our appreciation for your consideration. Thank You...and God Bless You...