Gary “Pete” Fickle

December 01, 1960 ‒ September 12, 2020

Delaware, Ohio

Gary “Pete” Wayne Fickle, 59, of Delaware passed away Saturday morning, September 12, 2020 surrounded by family at the Ohio State University Hospital in Columbus. Born on December 1, 1960 in Delaware to Walter and Mary (Edward) Fickle. A 1980 graduate of Buckeye Valley High School, he married Arleen Frances Fisher on August 30th 2014.

A 35-year veteran of the road, Gary took immense pride in the completion of 3 million miles driving as a Licensed Commercial Driver under the employ of UPS Freight, and later, Penske Logistics. A devoted man of faith, he belongs to Eastside Mission Church, where he would wake early each Sunday morning to assist the Church’s members by bringing them to service.

When Gary was not driving or in his faith, he greatly enjoyed golfing, fishing, spending time with his family and taking get-aways with his wife to cabins in Hocking Hills. He enjoyed turning wrenches, working on vehicles and even made up his own English language – “confuzzal” and “twist-a-flux” to name a few. He called everyone driver.

An avid fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Cleveland Browns, he also enjoyed coaching his kids in soccer and T-Ball. Having a radiant smile and having never met a stranger, Gary loved eating and always wanted to make sure that your “belly was tight”.

Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife, Arleen “Babe”; children, Matthew (Shelby) Fickle of Mansfield, Michaela (Hank) Williams of Morral, Bethany (James Glucksman) Fickle of Tampa, Florida and Nathanial (Loretta Rudasill) Fickle of Mt. Victory; grandchildren, Luke Kunkle, Amya Clemons, Isabella Williams, Riley Rudasill, Hank Williams Jr., Emersyn Fickle, Jaxon Fickle and Alexander Glucksman; great granddaughter, Lacey Kunkle; his mother, Mary (Harrison) Justice; brothers, Walter (Barb) Fickle of Reynoldsburg and Brent (Debbie) Fickle of Sunbury; sisters, Karen (Jerry) Harris of Delaware, Rebecca (John) Berry of Hebron and Laurie (Joe) Feehan of Powell; brothers-in-law, Michael Fisher and Don Fisher of Delaware; sister-in-law, Becca (Tracy Travis) Fisher of Sunbury; numerous nieces and nephews.

His father, brothers-in-laws Lonnie Webb and Tony Fisher and his stepdaughter Cherri L. Sheets preceded Gary in death.

The family will receive friends on Friday, September 18, 2020 from 5 – 8 pm at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive at W. William Street, Delaware, where services celebrating Gary’s life will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 9:30 am with Pastor Donnie Akers officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. The funeral services will be live streamed and can be viewed at

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, masks will be required and social distancing must be observed.

Contributions in Gary’s memory may be made to the Eastside Mission Church Building Fund, 32 Joy Ave., Delaware, OH 43015 or Pelotonia, 351 W. Nationwide Blvd., Columbus, OH 43215.

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center of Delaware is honored to serve the Fickle family.

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  • My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I went to school with Gary from Kindergarten to 7th.grade until I moved away. He was a great person. He will be greatly missed.

  • We are holding you all in prayer. May you feel God’s loving arms holding you and his promise that your separation is a temporary one.

  • Arleen
    So sorry to read about ur husband passing away! My thoughts and prayers are with all of u thru this difficult time!

    Jan Alicie

  • So sorry to hear of Petes passing. What a wonderful person and neighbor he was. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Growing up w e all had so much playing wiffle ball and riding bikes every day of our summer vacation. He always had a smile. He loved my dad and told me about how he got dad to mentor him in driving semi trucks. Pete will be deeply missed. RIP my friend.

    Brenda Manley

  • Gary, your life ended too early…anyone who knew you knew what a good heart you had!! You were a very loyal caring person and thoughtful to everyone who was a part of your life..I pray for those you left behind. I know the void they will have in their lives..I thank you Lord for the peace only you can give them in knowing Gary is with you for eternity!!


  • I am so very sorry for your loss. Much love and prayers for your whole family. I didn’t know him because he was much younger, but I knew most of you and he couldn’t have asked for a better family. Hugs and love.

  • You will be missed Driver. The highways will have one less 18 wheels. Keep on rolling on the highways in heaven. We will miss you Gary and we love you

  • Goodbye Happy-Go-Lucky Pete. It was a pleasure to have known you. May your memory be a blessing.

    Keith Sobers
    Prospect, Ohio

  • Arleen, so very sorry for your loss, I did’t have the good fortune of knowing him now I’ve known Arleen all of my life “eastside kiddos” we were I love you girl you’ve had way to much saddness and loss in yout life
    .fly high Gary.. love you to the moon & back Arleen..God Bless..

  • Our thoughts and prayers are Garys family . Gary was always great to talk with and have a good laugh with always willing to help a driver . A good co/worker of 10 years . Gary you will be very much missed . TRUCK ON DRIVER.

  • We go back years ago. Your my best cuz always nice man. God takes the best. I will see u again on the other side. Love to all your brothers sisters and your children and rest of your family love always April a Bryson family

  • Arleen and Gary’s family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We always enjoyed our visits with Gary. Though we didn’t see you often we saw the loving caring person Gary was with you Arleen. May all your wonderful memories help you all through this sad time. Your picture tribute in memoriam is beautiful and gave us a peek at your sweet memories.

    Deepest sincere sympathy, Jackie & Rod

  • Gary and I were married for 14yrs. He was a wonderful step father to my children Michael and Sarah. He was a wonderful grandfather to Destiny, Ariana, Joey and Sean. They all have many happy memories of him. All my prayers go out to my step children, Michaela, Mathew, Bethany and Nathan. Prayers to his family.