In Memory

Gary DeSander

Viet Nam Veteran

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07/21/13 08:56 PM #1    

Carol Hanes (Smith)

As many of you know Gary was working with his landscape equipment when there was an accident  and he was pinned under the tractor and killed.  Gary, we thank you for your service to our country.   Hopefully after such a tragic accident you are resting in peace.

07/08/14 03:38 PM #2    

Carol Hanes (Smith)

per Gary's obit:   He was born August 31, 1946.  Served in Marine Corps. in Vietnam.  He received  his Associate degree in Ornamental Horticulture from MSU.  Gary worked with his father in the family business.  in 1979 he purchased  the business, DeSander landscaping. He was a member and Past President of the Saginaw Valley Nursery and Landscape Association.  He married Kathryn Elliott on June 30, 1972.     She survives him. He leaves 2 sons,  Donald of Cambridge, Mass.   and David and wife Jennifer of Grand Rapids.1 grandsonCameron of Grand Rapids, 2 sisters and 1 brother Michael of Saginaw.  He passed away on August 4, 2012.    He died doing what he was known for:  helping others.  while helping a good friend, his tractor flipped and he died in the accident.

06/23/15 07:48 PM #3    

Robert Rosa

Gary was my best friend from K on. We did a lot together, from working on our cars, double dating, sking, fishing in Canada, Sailing and watching our kids grow up. He is greatly missed by my wife and I. Where ever you drive in the Tri-cities, there are reminders of Gary. Hardly a day goes past that we don't think of him.

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