OBITUARY

Ronald Gant

June 27, 1934May 3, 2021

Ronald Gant was born June 27, 1934 in Albion, Michigan to the late Julius Gant, Sr. and Cornelia Baxter Gant. He attended the Albion Public Schools, graduating from Washington Gardner High School in 1953. He graduated from Florida A & M University, Tallahassee, Florida with a Bachelors; and Michigan State University (Masters in Education Curriculum).

On August 7, 1965, he married Lorene B. Williams of Albion. He served on the Albion City Council for 36 years, serving as Mayor Protem for10 years. He also served on the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Albion Community Hospital Board the Albion Planning Commission, Albion Housing Commission, the Substance Abuse Board, City-Township Board, Board of Review, Albion High School Alumni Association, and as the United Way Campaign Chairman.

He taught in the Albion Public School System for 33 years. He taught Industrial Arts, Pre-vocational, English, Physical Education and Art during his tenure. He was also a Driver’s Education teacher during the summer months. He was a member of the Lewis Chapel AME Church of Albion where he served on the Steward Board, Finance Committee, Lay Reader, Usher, and as a member of the Men’s Chorus. He recently joined the Grace Temple Church of God in Christ of Albion.

He has received awards from the Negro Business & Professional Women in 1973, awarded the Excellence in Education Award from the Kellogg Foundation, Service Award from the Albion Alumni Association.

He also served for many years as a volunteer for the Albion Interfaith Ministries, where he loved to visit with his former students, his friends, and other members of the community. For many years he loved growing rare and tropical plants. He was very successful in their growth.

He was preceded in death by his parents, stepmoms Inell Jackson Gant and Classie Jo Hunter Gant, and one daughter, Theresa White of Milwaukee, WI; four brothers: Julius Gant, Jr. of Lebanon, PA, Dr. Leon (Gloria) Gant of Detroit, MI, Clifton L. (Wilbur) Gant of Saginaw, MI, and Herbert (Doris) Gant of Flint, MI; four sisters: Alice (Tommy) Thomas of Albion, Mattie (Richard) Clayborne of Battle Creek, Cornelia (Asa) Miles of Albion, and Shirley \Oglesby of Lansing. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 55 years, Lorene B. Gant, one sister: Janet Geary of Detroit; one son, Ronald Gregory Gant of Albion; two daughters, Tracy R. Gant of Albion, and Stacy Gand Bryd of Columbia, MO; bonus daughters, Tonya Dawnyelle Worthey of Jackson, Lori Blaine Lively of Euclid, OH; eleven grandchildren; Marhiyelle (James) Warnsley of Albion, Jasmine Byrd of Lansing, Mahkenzie Gant of Columbia, MO, Terrance Byrd of Albion, Erica Kurtz of Jackson, Monica Kurtz of Houston, TX, Cheyenne Blaine of Euclid, OH, Gregory Gant of Jackson, Micah Gant of Columbia, MO, Marcus Gant of Jackson and Maliyah Anglin of Albion; great-grandchildren, Israel, Lyanah, Jayce, Cameron, Harmony, Naomi, Nava, Elijah, Desmond, Daijah, Devon and Jacorey; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and lifelong friends.

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Services

  • Visitation/Family Hour

    Friday, May 7, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, May 8, 2021

Memories

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Steve Pederson

May 9, 2021

It has been many years since I had Mr. Gant as a teacher, but I still have great memories of him and know he helped shape the lives of so many young people, including me and my siblings, in such a profoundly positive way. God Bless you Mr. Gant. May you rest in peace.

Susan Zeitler

May 7, 2021

He was such a nice man. I remember him from when I was in school . He was very caring, fair and just one of the nicest people that you would ever want to meet. May he rest in peace.

Darlene McCracken

May 7, 2021

My Condolences to the Gant family. My memory of Mr. Gant will always be seeing him at almost all the McCracken family reunions. His smile and laughter always so pleasant to be around!!! He also love to Eat!! Rip in Mr.Gant and I will always cherish the memories!!!! 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

Mary (Bearman) Carbonneau

May 6, 2021

Although I have not seen Ron in many years, I have such good memories of our high school days, The Class of 1953, and some get-togethers at class reunions. He was such a great guy, always willing to help and support others and a wonderful leader in our class. I was not surprised to read in his obituary about all the things he had accomplished during his lifetime as I would not have expected anything less of him. My deepest sympathy to Lorene and family.

Susan Hawkins

May 6, 2021

I am very thankful that I was able to take care of Ronald the last five months. He was a great person and I enjoyed spending time with him. He will be missed by many and never will be forgotten.
Praying for your family and friends.

Rob/Ros Washington

May 6, 2021

Dear Sister Gant and Family.

We love you and we are praying that our Lord will continue to comfort you all.

Robby and Roslyn Washington

I Thessalonians 4:13-18
But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.

For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.

Could be anybody from the 70's

May 5, 2021

Gentle gems from a giant we'll never forget:

From shop class: "All right, you clowns! I want y'all to to get on back here and learn how to run these machines!"

From driver's ed, upon making a mistake behind the wheel: "Good God, man! Who in the world taught you how to drive?"

From driver's ed, while a female classmate was driving past a dairy farm in rural Albion: "Is that a new perfume you're wearing? What's the name of that? Barnyard?"

Don Wright

May 5, 2021

I was saddened to hear of Mr. Gant's passing. My heart goes out to his family, friends, co-workers and all that knew him. At Washington Gardner HS he was my wood and metal shops instructor. I also had him for mechanical drawing. He was always very helpful and caring. When I got to 16, he was my driving instructor. Mr. Gant was an excellent teacher/instructor. He was a professional, caring person. Mr. Gant will be missed by many. He was a strong, caring, helpful person for me as I was growing up. Rest In Peace Sir, you were loved by many

Shari Immonen

May 5, 2021

I will never forget Mr. Gant from teaching wood shop and helping me learn to drive. My mom had fond memories of him teaching her to drive when she was in her thirties. He was a great man with patience for us youngsters. Later in life I would see him taking his morning walk around the neighborhood when I was out walking. My deepest condolences for his wife and family. Shari Mills Immonen

Dave Eddy

May 5, 2021

I was saddened today reading of the passing of Ron Gant. Although I didn't know him personally I certainly knew of him and his work with the Albion High School Alumni organization and of his outstanding accomplishments in Albion. What an amazing example he set for others. His family can be very proud. Rest in peace my fellow Albion High School graduate. A job well done.

FROM THE FAMILY