December 19, 1928 ~ August 21, 2021
Resided in: Carmel, IN
Gladys Tiek, age 92, of Vincennes, IN, passed away on Saturday, August 21, 2021 in Carmel, IN. A graduate of Highland Park High School (Highland Park, MI), she attended Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN) before going on to raise her three sons—and their many pets— on their family’s farm in Vincennes. In 1967, while her eldest son, Dexter, attended the newly formed South Knox High School, Gladys was responsible for coming up with the name for the school mascot—the Spartans—which remains today. She served on the Indiana State Fair Board from 1979 through 1986. During that time, she was honored with two Sagamore of the Wabash awards, from Gov. Otis Bowen and Gov. Robert Orr, respectively.
The daughter of a Scottish immigrant, Gladys was very proud of her heritage. Later in life, she traveled to Scotland upon two different occasions, accompanied by one or more of her granddaughters, to research her ancestry. For Gladys, family was what brought her the most joy in life.
Gladys is survived by sons Dexter (Patty) McCormick, Zionsville and Ray (Cheryl) McCormick, Vincennes and stepdaughter Stephanie (Tiek) and Lawson Maxwell, Florida; grandchildren Teresa (Mike) Gift, Westfield; Tammie (Dan) Coco, Pace, FL; Meghan (Ben) Eddy Golden, CO; Nate McCormick (Elizabeth Peters), Vincennes; Marilyn (Mark) Sergi, Indianapolis; Morgan McCormick (Justin Bonfiglio), Ann Arbor, MI; and Greg (Jessica) McCormick, Indianapolis; great-grandchildren Abigail, Owen, and Aubrie Gift; Jack, Ryan, and AJ Coco; Iris and Caius Sergi; Augustus Eddy; and Nora and Finnegan Bonfiglio. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert (Bob) Tiek, with whom she spent her happiest years; her son Douglas McCormick; parents Wallace and Ruby Pinnick; brother Earl Pinnick and sister-in-law Peg Pinnick; daughter-in-law Laura Snyder McCormick; granddaughter Kelly Jo McCormick; and close family member Beth McCormick Cooper.
There will be a Celebration of Life memorial service for Gladys at 11:30 am on November 24, 2021 at Community United Methodist Church, 1548 S. Hart Street Rd., Vincennes, IN 47591. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Doug McCormick Scholarship Fund, www.vinu.edu/web/vu-alumni-foundation-site/ways-to-give or the Vincennes Animal Shelter, 1128 River Rd., Vincennes, IN 47591.
The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Gladys Tiek 's name.