Howard "Pete" Michael Blust

February 16, 1940June 20, 2018
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Howard Michael Blust


Howard Michael “Pete” Blust, age 78, passed away June 20, 2018. He was born February 16, 1940 in Tawas City, MI, the son of Michael and Josephine (Birkenbach) Blust. From 1957 to 1960, he served his nation in the U.S. Army, spending most of that time at Fort Richardson, Alaska. He married Kathleen “Cass” Galliker on July 28, 1973. Pete stayed active as a Boy Scout leader and counted gardening, fishing, hunting, and cars as among his interests. He worked at General Motors for 34 years, retiring from there in 1999.

Pete is survived by his children, Scott (Tonya) Blust and Jill (Adam) Walters, and his granddaughter, Lillian Walters. He is also survived by his sisters, Ann (Charlie) Kujawa and Betty Bellinger; sister-in-law, Sharon Blust-Harris and his brother, Joseph (Debbie) Blust; as well as by several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Cass; his parents; and his brother, Michael Blust, Jr.

Visitation will be held at the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, DeWitt, on Monday, June 25 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. A rosary will be said that evening at 7:30 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, June 26 at 2:00 p.m. The family will receive family and friends an hour prior to the service. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association.

The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes DeWitt. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at


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  • Visitation Monday, June 25, 2018
  • Rosary Monday, June 25, 2018
  • Visitation Tuesday, June 26, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Howard "Pete" Michael Blust

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Janice Goodwin

June 28, 2018

We will all miss your soft voice and sweet smile.So sorry, Scott and Jill we just found out. Your parents are together once and again forever. Love to all of your families. Always in our hearts.Janice

Nancy Wilson-Brabb

June 22, 2018

Sorry sorry to hear about Howard, he was another cousin close to my age and we graduated together. The Lord chooses the time for us with Him. My love and sympathy to the family (cousins) and close friends.

Jim & Terri Trinklein

June 22, 2018

Pete was a really nice guy. We came from Tawas and Jim graduated with his wife Kathy. So sorry for your loss but he is back with Kathy in heaven


Howard "Pete" Michael Blust


Class of 1957


A beautiful family portrait!


Pete celebrating Scott's wedding with Jill and Cass!


Seriously in love.


Cass and Pete dancing at a wedding.


The young Blust family.


Howard "Pete" Michael Blust was a modest man, quiet and observant in his ways. He was trustworthy and traditional in his approach to his life and in his relationships. He was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew him. He was also a man who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything he undertook. Realistic about life, he was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

       His parents were Michael and Jospehine Blust. Pete was raised in Tawas, Michigan. He was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve him well throughout his life.

      Growing up in the Blust household was the same as most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there was a fair share of challenges as well. Pete was raised with four siblings. He had two younger brothers, Mike and Joe, and two younger sisters, Ann and Betty. Pete was constantly involved in activities with his brothers and sisters. Pete and his siblings may have had the typical rivalries while growing up but he was always consistently loyal to his family.

      As a young child, Pete was never someone who needed to be the center of attention. He wasn’t pushy and never forced his way into games or other activities. He was always curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. Pete helped on the family farm and helped deliver milk when he was young. He even delivered milk to his future wife's family, although he didn't know her yet! In his spare time he liked to play with his brother Mike and his cousins.

      While his teachers and even his friends generally thought of Pete as being a serious yet fun guy, he managed to have a pretty good time in high school. He graduated from Tawas High School in 1957. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was History. He was only 17 when he graduated! Pete was a very logical person who enjoyed learning and observing everything. Pete always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make it seem as though he could easily master any problem that might be presented to him.

      Always considered to be a solid friend, Pete was fortunate to have numerous acquaintances and several very close friends during his life. He became a true friend to those who knew him. He was committed to his friends and valued the trust he placed in them. It was not uncommon for Pete to go beyond the call of duty for others, and friends and neighbors frequently sought him out for advice because he had a knack for coming up with practical solutions to any type of dilemma. While growing up, some of his best friends were his brother Mike and Herb Galliker, who would later become his brother-in-law. Later in life, he became friends with Tom Flagg, Walt Odell, and Bob Gailey.

      On July 28, 1973 Pete exchanged wedding vows with Kathleen L. Galliker at the Catholic Church in East Tawas, Michigan. Compassionate and devoted to Cass, Pete held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. He took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it his total commitment. He was a source of strength to Cass and he worked hard to make his new family happy.

      Pete brought the same traditional values in his marriage to bear on how he raised his children. He was a good parent to them, always firm yet fair. He worked hard to provide a good life for his family and always found time to play ball and enjoy the outdoors with them. Pete was blessed with two children, one son, Scott, and one daughter, Jill. He was also blessed with one grandchild, Lillian.

      Pete greatly enjoyed what he did for a living. He was a hard worker who expected the same in return from his co-workers. Always able to attend to the task at hand, Pete was great worker. He was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. His primary occupation was as a mechanic working on the assembly line. He was employed for 34 years at General Motors in Lansing.

      Pete was also an Army veteran. He was in the Military Police at Fort Richardson in Alaska from 1957-1960. He really enjoyed his time in Alaska, especially the hunting, fishing, and making friends. He also enjoyed serving his country.

      Pete liked to experience things first-hand as well as learn about them. This trait carried over into his hobbies, where he was very methodical in how he organized his activities and categorized things. His favorite hobbies were hunting, fishing, old cars, gardening, reading, and working on the cabin. Pete was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

     Pete was a great planner who was incredibly well organized, serving him well in his years as a Boy Scout leader. He always seemed to know exactly what needed to be done. He helped his son Scott attain Eagle Scout and continued to volunteer further. He loved the outdoors and helping the boys learn to love the outdoors too. He went on many trips with the Scouts, including a big trip out West to the Grand Canyon.

      Pete was part of the Catholic Church. He was born into a Catholic family and married out of the Catholic Church, but over the years had not attended. As he got along in age, he renewed his interest in the church and his faith.

      Pete enjoyed traveling and taking vacations. Since he was an early starter and had a knack for planning everything, traveling with Pete appeared effortless. Pete went on several family trips to the Upper Peninsula and several Boy Scout camping trips. Some of his favorite trips were to Florida to take his kids to Disney World and to Hawaii to celebrate his 25th wedding anniversary with his wife Cass.

      Pete was a lover of animals and his pets. Pete liked dogs and cats and over the years, he had several pets. Charlie Brown was his hunting lab he had before the kids were born. Taco was a daschund-chihuahua mix and Sassy was a Siamese cat that Cass had before the kids were born. Later, they had cats Chessie, Finn, and Grayson. He loved them all, despite what he said!

      When Pete’s retirement finally arrived in 1999, he was well prepared. In retirement, he enjoyed all of his hobbies of reading, gardening, hunting and working on the cabin. He enjoyed extended trips with Cass up to the cabin in Hale, the cabin in Detour, and seeing the lighthouses and fall colors in Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. Even in retirement, Pete continued to stay in touch with his old friends.

      Howard "Pete" Michael Blust passed away on June 20, 2018 at his second home in Brookdale Memory Care. Pete had a severe stroke from which he could not recover. He is survived by his children, Scott (Tonya) Blust and Jill (Adam) Walters, and his granddaughter, Lillian Walters. He is also survived by his sisters, Ann (Charlie) Kujawa and Betty Bellinger; sister-in-law, Sharon Blust-Harris and his brother, Joseph (Debbie) Blust; as well as by several nieces and nephews. Services were held at Gorsline-Runciman in Dewitt, Michigan. Pete was laid to rest in Rose Cemetery in Bath, Michigan.

      Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of Howard "Pete" Michael Blust. He was committed to living the life of a good man who was both practical and trustworthy. He was committed to the traditional values that he upheld his entire life. He committed himself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around him. Most of all, he was committed to those he knew and loved.