Covell Funeral Home

312 Pine Street, Elk Rapids, MI


Gregory Stuart Reisig

November 21, 1947September 10, 2020

Greg was born November 21, 1947, in Chicago, to Ann and Shirl Reisig. His parents brought him as a child to northern Michigan where he fell in love with the majestic trees, blue sky, and clean water of the bay.

He grew up in the Chicago area, attended Southern Illinois University, earning his Bachelor’s of Science degree in English Education, and later completing his Master's degree at Governor’s State University in Illinois. A teacher for twenty years in Illinois, he moved his family to Elk Rapids in 1990 and changed careers when he became the editor of the Lake Country Gazette, a regional newspaper in Antrim County.

His work as a journalist allowed him to meet many inspirational people, particularly the passionate environmentalists already working to defend and protect the region.These people inspired him to find the passion that drove him for the rest of his life. As a board member of the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy and member and later co-chair of Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council, he was able to work untiringly for the trees, water, and wetlands.

His greatest joys in addition to his environmental work included spending time hiking, driving, and enjoying the beauty of the region with his wife. Those who knew him would also add he loved talking about the Beatles, and enjoyed the trip of his life when he travelled to England to visit the haunts of the Beatles from Liverpool to London with a fellow Beatles aficionado.Of course, watching his boys play sports--from Little League and AYSO days through high school--made him swell with pride. Then he followed their musical careers with joy as they toured the country fulfilling their dreams.

Greg is survived by his wife Terri (Hobbs) Reisig; children, Jeremy Hobbs and Sean Hobbs Reisig. He is also survived by his wife’s sisters, Patti (Karl) Schoenstein, Annamarie (Rick) Miller, and Donna (Fritz) Jaenike, whom he loved as his own sisters. He is also survived by “The Cousins,” with whom he joyfully shared and celebrated northern Michigan, and relatives who remain on his mother and father’s sides in Illinois and Michigan. He was preceded in death by his beloved parents and grandparents.

He will miss his friends: those who loved the environment; those who created extraordinary art; those he sailed with; those he shared a meal with on Lakeshore Drive, Driftwood Lane, and Eagle Lake Road; those with whom he explored Big Bend; those he celebrated the end of summer with around a bonfire on Birch Lake; those who could listen to music all night long and answer the question: “What makes a good song?”; those he sat with on the deck of the blue cabin to delight in a sunset; those with whom he walked in the steps of the Beatles in England; those he talked to in the neighborhood about Elk Rapids; those he shared victories with at Wrigley Field; those he remained friends with from his teaching days; those he made friends with last week.

A Celebration of Life will be held in 2021 when it will be safe to gather, listen to music, and share the energy and love Greg left behind. Greg asked that anyone wishing to help continue his work of protecting the environment make a donation to the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council, or For Love of Water. He also requested that each of us do our part to protect the region and to practice kindness.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.covellelkrapids.com for the Reisig family.


  • Northern MI. Environmental Action Council
  • Grand Traverse Regional Land Concervancy
  • FLOW


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Gregory Stuart Reisig

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Kennard Weaver

September 15, 2020

Greg was consistent and persistent in expressing his beliefs. He will be missed, but remembered.

Michael Delp Delp

September 15, 2020

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For Greg Reisig

I have heard trees speak, fires burn down to the last breath of a lifetime of growth, listened to days, months of rivers coursing past me, through me, the hidden light from distant stars, there behind the blue sky, and I have held in my heart whatever it is that makes us human, all these years of traveling the woods, prowling rivers, seeking even more light with which to better see the world...a friend takes his leave, no bags to haul, heading out far too early, his death one less light through the trees, but leaving paths almost impossible to follow, heart paths, spirit paths, the paths a sweet and fertile mind lays down for the rest of us to follow, the way forward parting just ahead, through deep ferns, and then something, perhaps pure spirit, lights the rest of the way out into even more light.

deb hansen

September 15, 2020

dear greg,

i will miss your gentle presence. may your family find comfort in each other and memories of good times shared in beautiful northern michigan.

please watch out for us and the water you worked so hard to protect and value, on the other side.

a bow of gratitude,


September 15, 2020

Greg was a great friend and a wonderful advocate for NMEAC. I was blessed to have known him and shared his passion for all things environment and Traverse City. I'm so sorry to hear of his passing. His spirit and passion lives on in all who knew him. May he rest in peace and love.

Barb and Bernie Johnson

September 12, 2020

Bernie and I were so very sorry to hear about Greg. You have our deepest sympathy and prayers.
May all your memories help you through this difficult time.
Barb and Bernie Johnson

Susan Odgers

September 11, 2020

Thinking of you, Terri, and family.
We adored Greg.
Big love,
Susan Odgers & Tom Mair


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