MOUNT VERNON — Frederick H. “Rick” Gaddis, 59, of Mount Vernon, died Monday, March 7, 2011, at the Knox Community Hospital surrounded by his loving family and friends.
Rick was born July 9, 1951, in Mount Vernon to Clyde and Ernestine (Naylor) Gaddis. He was a 1970 graduate of Fredericktown High School and served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. Rick had been employed 33 years as a machine operator at TRW in Mount Vernon. He was an avid fan of motor sports and participated on the 2008 Pacemakers Division III racing team. Rick was a proud grandfather and enjoyed watching his grandchildren grow.
Surviving are his daughter, Tonya Gaddis of Mount Vernon; his son, Thomas “TJ” Gaddis of Mount Vernon; two grandchildren, Anna Gaddis and Wesley Gaddis; brothers, Allan Gaddis and Kevin Gaddis, both of Mount Vernon; his sister, Diana (Scott) Wyman of Fort Wayne, Ind.; nieces and nephews, Darcy (Joe) West, Jamie Gaddis, Jason Gaddis, Nathan Wyman, Alex Gaddis and Rachel Wyman; great-nieces and great-nephews, Clinton, Brett, Jeremy, Kayla, Quentin, Kadle, Keagan; and great-great-niece, Averie.
Besides his parents, Rick was preceded in death by his brother, Brian Gaddis.
Friends may call Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home where a funeral service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. where friends may call one hour prior. Pastor Roger Doty will be officiating. Burial with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council will follow in Forest Cemetery in Fredericktown.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society and can be left at the funeral home.
To send a private online condolence to the family, visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Frederick H. “Rick” Gaddis.