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Gary Keith Kroupa

28 December, 193924 October, 2020

On Saturday, October 24, 2020, we said goodbye to an extraordinary husband, father, grandfather, and friend. All who knew him loved him, and were loved greatly in return. Gary was a man of dedication – serving in the Air Force, the Traverse City Police Department, Farm Bureau, and most importantly providing for his wife of sixty years and his family. He was a man of joy – he knew how to enjoy the little things in life, from a day on the golf course to beating his grandchildren in cards (and being beaten himself as he taught them how to really play). He was a man of creativity, always working on the next project, big or small. He was a man of wonder, who enjoyed contemplating the universe and its’ many mysteries. He was a man of generosity, always giving – whether it was a meaningful gift or a word of advice. He was a man of strength – an athlete, a builder, a protector.

His greatest legacy is the loving family that he built – his wife, his two children and their spouses, his four grandchildren, and all those who felt his fatherly care and brotherly friendship.

We will miss him tremendously, but are thankful for the gift of having him in our lives.

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Robert Vannoy

November 8, 2020

I have known Gary since we were best buddies in High School at Beaver Creek High School in West Jefferson, NC. We Graduated in 1958. We played football and baseball together. In football, he was the Quarterback and I was a Left End Receiver and in baseball, he was a pitcher and I was the catcher. After graduation we lost touch for many years before reuniting in about 2007 after retiring . We traveled together in our motorhomes and played lots of golf together. He and Pat visited us in Florida and we visited them in Michigan. Gary was my closest friend and was so glad to get back together after all those years. I will never forget the many happy times we had together growing up. Although we hadn't gotten together in a few years, l will miss him greatly. God Bless Gary, Pat and family.

Robert (Bob) Vannoy

Laurie Lonkard

October 29, 2020

Dear Pat, Cheryl, Jeff and your beautiful family's. I just want you to know how sorry I am to hear about Gary (Dad and Grandpa)
I know he was a good man And he loved his family dearly.
He's going to be missed by many..
He's leaving a beautiful legacy behind him.
The sadness and missing him never goes away, but the broken heart does mend in time. He'll always be with you.
Keep him alive in your mind, and memories, and good ol stories.

My Love and special prayers to all.
Extra prays to my sister-in-law Cheryl, brother Kelly Niece Sarah and nephew Garrett..❤

My Love, Laurie

cass budzynowski

October 29, 2020

I only knew Gary a few short years, but they are packed with memories. He engineered a deck project I wanted to do, and "supervised" me in the kindest way possible to completion. I helped him as extra hands on some projects at his house, small deck, vintage car, etc. But the main thing was golf. Every Wednesday, playing all over Northern Mi. , Charlevoix to Manistee, sometimes Gary and I, most times 3 or 4 of us , telling stories, bad jokes, trash talking, and hearing tales of work lives, laughter and tears, on the hour long plus drives. A kinder or more generous man I have yet to meet, and I will think of him every time I step out my doorwall with a cup of coffee to "our" deck.

Maria Zott

October 27, 2020

So many wonderful memories at Cheryl and Kelly’s with Grandma Pat and Grandpa Gary! I think Angela and Sophia have the most memories since also babysat by Aunt Cheryl and would be there when Grandma and Grandpa were visiting. He had a big smile and a bear hug for us every time! His woodworking was amazing. He was a great listener. Had some great stories and words of advice when needed. We love you Grandpa Gary, and pray you are in Heaven golfing with my dad! Please look him up! Your health is now restored! Love, Maria Zott

Cheryl Kroupa-Lang

October 27, 2020

To all of you who loved and adored my sweet, sweet daddy.
I promise you we have definitely felt the love and prayers coming our way.
Amazed at what a beautiful mark my dad made on so many lives. I was always proud of the loving man he was for everyone. Of course he was always my personal hero, my rock, my security, always my secret keeper and trustworthy friend.
I was always proud and aware of how loved my dad was by everyone he met and the people he knew along the way.
I never minded sharing him with my many cousins that loved and idolized their “Uncle Gary”.
Dad has always had an abundance of true friends. And he was still adding to his collection of friends everywhere he went. He was always a true brother for everyone of his in-laws. He enjoyed them and was always there for any need that they may have.
I am so thankful I was able to spend time with Dad at home last weekend.
He was helping my brother with a project. As he helped I couldn’t resist taking many pictures of his hands. For me, they are the epitome and symbol of love. The hands that held me from the first moment of life, the hands that always held mine so big safe and secure, the hands that taught me, guided me and always hugged me tight. I will miss those beautiful strong loving hands so very very much. The ones that were always and forever there for me!
Dad, I look forward to those same strong hands and arms to escort me spiritually thru the rest of my life here on earth. Eventually I will again run towards those big strong arms and soft hands of love, when I am lucky enough to meet you there in eternity Dad. I promise you, I hope to never ever let go of your beautiful hands again.
Your ever loving daughter! XO 😘


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