Gary Haywood

December 23, 1937April 4, 2018
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Gary William Haywood lost his hard fought battle with Lewy Body Dementia at the age of 80 on April 4, 2018 at Gilbert Residence in Ypsilanti, MI. He was born on December 23, 1937 in Taylorville, IL to the late William and Ann (Busby) Haywood the oldest of 3 boys. After graduating high school in Taylorville in 1955 he moved with his family to Flint, MI. After a short term at Central Michigan University he enlisted in the US Marine Corp in February 1956. Soon after his discharge in 1958 he was employed at Fisher Body Willow Run in Ypsilanti, MI. In 1959 he met the love of his life, Pauline Bradley in Flint where they were married on February 20, 1960. They moved to Ypsilanti, MI and started their family. In 1967 he began employment as a Firefighter for the City of Ann Arbor and retired in 1994. He enjoyed playing softball, bowling, golf, and watching his sons and his grandchildren participating in sports. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Pauline Haywood. Daughter, Deborah. Twin brothers, Ronald and Donald Haywood. Daughter in law, Michelle Haywood. Mother in law & Father in law, Anthony and Mary Bradley. Brothers in law, George Fechik, Jerry Irons, Anthony M. Bradley, Donald Bradley, William Bradley, and nephew Douglas Cross. He leaves to cherish his memory his sons Bradley (Cynthia) and Michael Haywood. His grandson, Ryan (Jessica) Haywood. His granddaughters, Samantha and Emily Haywood. His sisters in law, Kathleen Haywood, Mary Haywood, Mary (Gene) Cross, Geraldine Irons, Sandra (Robert) Crane, Rosalie (Glen) Bargo, Lorraine (John) Brock and brother in law Thomas (Juanita) Bradley. Uncle David (Nancy) Busby and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. The family will receive friends from 12 pm until the time of the memorial service at 1 pm at the Muehlig Funeral Chapel in Ann Arbor, MI on Saturday, April 14, 2018. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Gilbert Residence of Ypsilanti, MI. The family would like to thank all the staff in Grace Hall at Gilbert Residence for their help with their loving care and support of Gary during his struggle with Lewy Body Dementia.


  • Gathering & Visitation Saturday, April 14, 2018
  • Military honors under the auspices of Veteran's Honor Guard of Washtenaw County Saturday, April 14, 2018
  • Memorial Service followed by Pass in Review and department honors under the auspices of the Ann Arbor Fire Department Honor Guard Saturday, April 14, 2018

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Jessica (Joyce) Kite

May 25, 2018

I was just thinking of Gary today and when I looked him up online, I was saddened to learn of his passing. I met him as a 7th and 8th Grade volleyball player at St. Paul Lutheran Ann Arbor when he helped coach our team in the 1990s. We remained friends through my high school and college years and Pauline used to keep us all in touch after that via her Facebook account. What I appreciated most about Gary was that he encouraged me to follow my passion, which happened to be music over sports, (even though I loved volleyball). It meant so much to me to have a coach tell me that he was supportive of my talents outside of sports! I am a music professor today. The positive impact Gary had on me as my coach and as my friend will last a lifetime! God's peace and blessings to all of Gary's family members. He will be missed!

Karen Sperling (Bradley)

April 7, 2018

Gary and Pauline were so much fun to be around. I always called Gary Mr. WKRP because he reminded me of Howard Hessman. Gary and Pauline came to my rescue and offered me a place to stay when her brother Bill was admitted to the V.A. hospital. Gary was an amazing brother-in-law and went out of his way to put a smile on my face. I got to know the boys Brad and Mike and love them dearly. I forever will think of Gary, Pauline, Brad and Mike as family. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the family. My love to my nephews Brad and Mike. I am so very sorry for you loss. R.I.P. Gary and Pauline you are now joined together again in heaven.

Rick Bolly

April 6, 2018

Greatly enjoyed our many conversations at Station 4. Our prayers for the family and friends of Gary. RIP brother.