Gary was from Lansing most of his life and graduated from Lansing Eastern and attended Central Michigan University. Gary served his country with the 3rd division U.S. Army as a forward observer in the 145th Field Artillery Battalion during the Korean Conflict.
Gary’s greatest love was his family and he considered his children his best friends. He was an avid golfer and loved to play cards. He was the gin rummy winner several times at the Country Club of Lansing and enjoyed all his friends at the club. Gary was a member of the club for over 46 years. During that same time, he was also a member of the City Club and University Club. He was a charter member of the Michigan Athletic Club and served as Chairman of the Delta Township EDC. He was a director of Irwin Bank, Grand Rapids and Irwin Bank, Lansing.
For most of his career Gary worked in the commercial real estate business, starting with Michigan National Bank, Walter Neller, and then owning his own business G.L.Johnson & Associates. He retired from Maxco Development Company as its President and was active in all phases of real estate development.
Gary is survived by his loving longtime companion, Annette Pettit; his sons, Nicholas of Holt and Christopher (Paula) of Haslett; daughter, Paula Johnson of East Lansing; his 8 grandchildren, Kristen, Matt, Morgan, Baleigh and Connor Johnson, and Mack, Hayley and Natalie Houlehen; and his former wife, Jean Johnson.
The funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 12, 2011 at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel with the Rev. Stephen F. Ezop officiating. The family will receive friend from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday and one hour prior to the service Monday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice or Capital Area Humane Society.