Age 68, of Grand Ledge, MI, peacefully passed on Wednesday April 21, 2021, with his family at his side.
Gary was born March 7, 1953, in Akron, Ohio. He graduated from Everett High School, in Lansing, MI, and graduated from Lansing Community College on a scholarship for basketball. He dedicated 30 years of service to General Motors, and seven years with Michigan CAT.
Gary was a devoted husband and father who deeply loved his family and friends. Gary married the love of his life, Pamela, in 1975, and spent over 45 wonderful years together with ‘Babes’. He was an amazing Proud Papa and role model to his baby girl Jamie Renee, and his favorite son Gary Nicholas.
He was a gentle, kind, and generous man, known to his friends and family as ‘Moose’; his heart was as big as the animal he was named for.
He was an MHSAA Official for Youth Football, Basketball, Baseball, and Volleyball, and an Athletic Director and coach at Our Savior Lutheran School, in Lansing, MI. Gary enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, playing cards, vacations with friends, and spending summers at Silver Lake in Traverse City, MI. He was an avid Ohio State Buckeye fan, and a devoted believer in the Best Damn Band in the Land. His absence will be felt by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Nadine; sister, Karen; and father-in-law, William Nicholas. He is survived by his wife, Pamela; son, Gary (Tori) Steffy; daughter, Jamie (Peter) Tornga; grandsons, Owen, Landon, Colton and Hudson Tornga; siblings, Raymond (Janet) Steffy, Lavonne (Mike) Radonovich, Pat Price, and Earl (Pat) Miller; sister-in-law, Debera (Lou) Wieber; brother-in-law, Kevin (Carole) Nicholas; and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Gary’s life will be held at a later date, with an announcement to follow.
Memorial donations can be made in Gary’s name to the Our Savior Lutheran School Athletic Program, located at 7910 E St Joe Hwy, Lansing, MI 48917, (517) 882-8665.
Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. To share memories and condolences please visit estesleadley.com