In loving memory of Gary Walter Wickizer (aka Mo’ Kauffey) who passed away peacefully on March 12, 2016 at his home in Guelph, Ontario after a brief and courageous battle with cancer.
Gary was born on July 31, 1952 in Pueblo, Colorado to Graham and Floreine (Flo) Wickizer. He was preceded in death by his parents and his stepfather Lloyd Romberger.
Gary graduated from Central High School in Pueblo, Colorado in 1970. He attended Saint John’s Military Academy in Salina, Kansas during his junior year. He owned a painting business for many years in Colorado and Guelph, and was considered a true professional in all his pursuits.
Gary was an accomplished musician, singer/songwriter. Performing as “Mo’ Kauffey” for the last 16 years, he released six independent albums since 2000 with a new CD soon to be released. “Mo’ Kauffey” became a very well-known, much-respected, and beloved artist throughout Colorado, Florida, Ontario, Michigan, and points in between. He was a fine gentleman and his laid-back attitude was spirited by his kind and compassionate soul. He was a “blues” legend with a charming and clever wit and appreciated all the Arts. He began an acting career and was featured in many productions over the past two years and was recently commissioned to paint an original piece that was very well received as in everything he did.
Gary is survived by his beloved wife, caregiver, and best friend Rosita (D’Alessandro) Wickizer; a daughter Krista Wickizer Fowls (Earl); a grandson Cole Ingram; stepdaughters Cheryl Mickolwin (Jon) and Cynthia Averill (Christopher); stepgrandchildren Bailey, Taylor, Sydney, and Raine; stepson Matthew Mickolwin (Gillian); sisters Noma Nel Hayden White (Ron) and Joyce Nielsen; brother Terry Wickizer (Tina); brother-in-law Martin Spritzer; and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.
Gary loved spending time with family and friends, performing and enthusiastically sharing his music and other loves. There will be no formal service per Gary’s request. Numerous memorials are being held in music venues in the Guelph and Colorado Springs areas.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gary’s name to help offset the many costs incurred during his illness, at the following site: https://www.youcaring.com/gary-wickizer-aka-mo-kauffey-457124
Our very special thanks to CCAC, Bayshore Home Health, Hospice Wellington, and his family and many friends who supported him.
|A tree will be planted in memory of Gary W. Wickizer in the Wall-Custance Memorial Forest, University of Guelph Arboretum. Dedication service, Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 2:30 pm.|