Gary D. Gerard
January 29, 1935 – September 7, 2019
Gary D. Gerard, 84, passed away September 7, 2019. Born in Flint, he grew up on a farm near Middleville, Michigan and graduated from Thornapple-Kellogg High School in 1953 where he was an excellent student and an outstanding athlete. Gary then returned to the Flint area to attend General Motors Institute as a toolmaker apprentice to begin his 40-year career in skilled trades with General Motors. During that time, he also served many organizations in a variety of capacities including: United States Naval Reserve reservist for 8 years; Grand Blanc City Council Member for 10 years; Grand Blanc Booster Club officer for several years, and Grand Blanc Township Police Department Reserve officer.
Following retirement from GM in 1993, Gary taught math classes at Mott Community College for 3 years and for the past 25 years pursued his love of fishing, small-game hunting, model building, woodworking, and old cars. His greatest passion, by far, was his family. Married 66 years to the love of his life, Jackie, he lived in Grand Blanc for 62 of those years. In addition to Jackie, Gary is survived by sons Craig (Deb) Gerard and Kevin (Sara) Gerard; granddaughters Amber (Mike) Weidinger and Ashley (Justin) DePree; great-grandchildren Ella and Evan Weidinger and Jack and Mae DePree; sisters Franchon Hoffman and Jolyn (Les) Behrenbrinker, and many nieces and nephews. Gary was preceded in death by his grandparents William and Winnie Brog, mother Ruth Smith, stepfather Bernard Smith, and father Paul Gerard.
Gary was a member of the American Legion so memorial contributions can be made to “Jack Carey Charities-American Legion Post 413”, or contributions can be made to “Ascension Genesys Foundation” in recognition of the hospital staff’s exceptional care of Gary during his three-week stay there.
A celebration of life will be held Sunday, September 15, at the Genesys Banquet and Conference Center in Grand Blanc. Family visitation and fellowship will occur from 3:00 PM until 4:00 PM when the celebration program will begin with dinner. Another family visitation period, concluding at 7:30 PM, will follow the celebration program.
Hill Funeral Home was entrusted with cremation. Please be sure to share a memory of Gary online at hillfh.com.
- Visitation With Family Sunday, September 15, 2019
- Celebration of Life Program and Dinner followed by visitation with family Sunday, September 15, 2019
Gary D. Gerard
September 19, 2019
Mrs Gerard, I am so sorry to hear about you losing your husband Gary. My heart goes out to you. Mary Cooper (Irons)
September 14, 2019
Jackie, My condolences for your loss. May God give you and your family strength to get through this difficult time. Prayers coming your way. RIP, Gary 🙏🏻😢😇
September 14, 2019
I’ll always remember your Gary as over the years you have shared with me a number of items that you and Gary have made. I have all.
I’m so sorry you and your family had to go thru this. God has his reason.
Please take care of yourself.
Ed and Roxanne Usewick
September 13, 2019
Jackie, we know you will miss Gary. Your years together had to have been great as whenever we saw the two of you at the park concerts or riding the green bikes you looked happy and at peace. We always enjoyed our little talks. Gary maintained that Corvair with a labor of love and I appreciated seeing it as it brought back memories of all my Corvairs.
We have a prior commitment and will miss the life celebration, but we we always remember Gary, his smile, your smile and great conversation.
Larry & Sandy Sullivan
September 12, 2019
We remember fondly Gary and his bucket hat at the girls softball games with Hadley baseball!
It was a life well lived!
September 10, 2019
I am sorry to hear of Gary's passing He was an excellent neighbor and a man who had a kind demeanor with everyone on our street. The first day that I moved to Grand Blanc, Gary came over and introduced himself and offered any help that I might need. He introduced me to other neighbors which made me and my family feel welcomed. For the last few years, he has provided my wife with bird houses and other cute inventions. I known my family and others on the street will miss Gary. Jackie, God be with you in this trying time for you.
Your Neighbor and friend
Harley and Melba Arrowood