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Gary Cross

June 8, 1948 November 20, 2019
Gary Cross
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Obituary for Gary Cross

Gary Cross, age 71, passed away on November 20, 2019 after a short battle with a rare and aggressive cancer.

Gary is survived by his loving wife, Gail. Children, Jason Kiesgen (Kristen); Kate Mayes (Christopher); Jesse Cross. Grandchildren; Preston, Eloise, Jaylee, Grayson, Jaxon and Gerilynn. Sisters; Barbara Hayes and Linda Havey. Brother, Michael Puckett. Sister in-laws; Sandi Lange and Judi Boakes (Keith). Brother in law; Joe Lile.  

Gary was preceded in death by his parents; Melvin and Loraine. His sister Nancy Stowe and his grandson, Sawyer Mayes.

He grew up in Royal Oak, Michigan and graduated from Kimball High School. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Army from 1968-1970. He was stationed in Okinawa.

Gary worked for Birmingham Public Schools as a state certified master mechanic.  He was proud to inspect and fix those big yellow buses for many years. He won many state awards for top mechanic in his years of work. He retired in 2009. Even in retirement, he continued his love of fixing cars and things around the house. He loved going to car shows, cruises, corvettes and was proud of his many classic muscle cars. He also loved NASCAR. Gary enjoyed traveling with his wife to Florida each year, especially to Fort Meyers Beach. They also loved going “up north” to their Higgins Lake cottage and of course cruising Woodward. Gary loved driving. Evenings and weekends they would drive and enjoy the scenery of Michigan. They often found themselves parked near the water, watching freighters. Gary was a lifetime member of the Elks, and the American Legion.

Gary loved his grandkids and being a jokester. If you knew him, he probably played a joke or two on you at some point. He enjoyed being silly and playing with the grandkids, like he was one of them. Always singing songs, making up games, playing cars and of course would always wear any silly hat or costume accessory they wanted him to. He enjoyed watching them do what they loved; band, sports and school functions. He was their biggest fan.

If you’d like to make a donation in memory of Gary, he was a proud veteran and Wreaths Across America would surely honor his memory. Please select and sponsor Great Lakes National Cemetery on the front page when making a donation to Wreaths Across America. Gary also loved dogs—labs especially. Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester, Michigan would also be a tribute in his memory. Please, no flowers.

Gary’s wishes were to be cremated. A memorial service will take place at St. John Lutheran Church, 1101 W. University Drive, Rochester, MI 48307 on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 2 PM with gathering beginning at the church at 1:00 PM. A memorial luncheon will be immediately following the service at Lino's Italian Restaurant, 50 W. Tienken Rd in Rochester.

At a later date, his final resting place will be at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan.

Gary will be missed greatly by all his family and friends.


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Memorial Visitation

Saturday

14

Dec

1:00 PM 12/14/2019 1:00:00 PM - 2:00 PM 12/14/2019 2:00:00 PM
St. John Lutheran Church

1101 W. University Drive
Rochester, Michigan 48307

St. John Lutheran Church
1101 W. University Drive Rochester 48307 Michigan
United States

Memorial Service

Saturday

14

Dec

2:00 PM 12/14/2019 2:00:00 PM
St. John Lutheran Church

1101 W. University Drive
Rochester, Michigan 48307

St. John Lutheran Church
1101 W. University Drive Rochester 48307 Michigan
United States

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Leader Dog for the Blind

Wreaths Across America

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