Gary Dean Hornbuckle, 77, of Ketchum, Idaho, died suddenly of heart failure, Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in Ketchum. 

   Gary was born March 22, 1939, in Ottawa, Kan. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1967. He was a pioneer in the computer industry, sought after by RAND Corp. and M.I.T. prior to forming his own companies: Applicon Inc., IMPRES Inc. and Hornbuckle Engineering Inc. Gary retired in 2000 and continued to be an avid golfer and an extraordinary master woodworker until his passing.

   Gary is survived by his wife, Barbi Reed, of Ketchum, Idaho; his son, Sterling Hornbuckle (Susan) of Dripping Springs, Texas, and daughter, Stephanie Thompson of Shawnee, Kan.; stepson Kent Hubred (Pearl) of Granite Bay, Calif., and stepdaughter Jill Hubred Lintukorpi (Harri) of Boulder, Colo.; stepson Reed Lindsay and stepdaughter Tate Reed, both of Ketchum, Idaho; brother Carl Hornbuckle (Merry Dee) of Ottawa, Kan.; nine grandchildren, Sterling Hornbuckle II, Carson, Mack and Will Hubred, Hanna and Elke Lintukorpi, Alexandra Hornbuckle, Sydney Sands and Christian Thompson; many nieces and nephews; and his former wife Linda Schwarz Hornbuckle, of Shawnee Mission, Kan.    

   His parents, James Maxwell Hornbuckle and Ruby Oneita Hornbuckle; his sister, Beverly Ann; and his wife Sandra Schmidt Hubred Hornbuckle, preceded Gary in death.

   Because Gary’s successes, interests and passions were extensive, a Facebook group has been set up for those who want to post photos and share stories at For those who prefer, messages can be left at

   In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Gary D. Hornbuckle Memorial Scholarship established to annually benefit a deserving engineering/computer science student (Contact US Bank). A celebration of Gary’s rich and full life will be held this summer. Date and time will be announced later.