Obituary

Gary Rogers

Resided in Escanaba, MI
Died January 16th, 2018

Gary Rogers, 59, of Escanaba, passed away Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Green Bay.

Gary was born in Madison Heights, MI, on June 8, 1958, son of Walter and Jean (Fetchco) Rogers. He was raised in Dearborn and graduated from Fordson High School.

On September 25, 1981, Gary married the love of his life Mary Gurskey in Detroit. He lived and raised their two children, Greg and Rebecca, in Algonac, MI before relocating in 2003 to Escanaba.

Gary worked as an automotive service technician for several years before joining Savin Corp. for sixteen years as a field service technician. In 1992 he and his wife started a custom boat canvas business and has been creating custom canvas products ever since. He had a lifelong love for wood crafting and working on classic wood boats and custom wood furniture. He was a talented man that could build anything, that is demonstrated in the home where they reside in Escanaba.

Gary enjoyed working with his hands. He spent many days in the woodshop crafting custom pieces for his home, his family, and his friends. He loved spending time at the shooting range with his wife, son and friends shooting sporting clays. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved days in the duck boat with his son and camping with his family. He enjoyed reading, which he passed down to his daughter. He spent a lot of spare time in the summer tending to his large garden. In his down time he enjoyed sipping bourbon with his family and friends. Gary was certainly a ‘jack of all trades’ and there wasn’t anything he couldn’t do.

Gary was a member of the Great Lakes Sport and Recreation Club in Escanaba and also a member of the NRA.

In addition to his wife, Mary, Gary is survived by his children, Greg (Jami) Rogers and Rebecca (fiancé Aaron Zimmerman) Rogers; granddaughter, Kylie Rogers; siblings, Walter (Bonnie) Rogers and Jackie Hayes; nieces and nephews, Dawn Quinn, Sean Rogers, Wim Javor, Jeanne Spencer and Carole Kropp.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents and brother in law, Leon Hayes.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 21, 2018 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home in Escanaba. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

A celebration of Gary’s life will take place immediately after the service at the Great Lakes Sports and Recreation Club, 5211 19th Avenue North, Escanaba.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Great Lakes Sports and Recreation Club for the Youth Programs.

The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Rogers family.

16 Tributes to “Gary Rogers”

  1. So, so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. My prayers for comfort go out for all of you. You are in my thoughts

  2. We were so sorry to hear about the death of Gary. We know it came as a shock! At this time of his death, we all must celebrate his life and what a wonderful friend, husband, father, grandfather and brother he was! We share in your loss!

  3. Just can’t find words to describe the sorrow we’re feeling over Gary’s passing.

    A friend of Gary’s for going on 44 years.

    Please accept our deepest sympathy for the loss of this incredible, talented, hilarious guy.

    I will be on the road for work so will not be able to attend, but at 3 PM Sunday I’ll hoist a glass of bourbon and toast to him

    Godspeed my friend. I think heaven will be rocking just a little louder from now on!

    Dann & Di

  4. Gary always enjoyed life, and brought joy to those around him. Our thoughts and Prayers go out for Mary and their kids. Gary, it’s been great to know You.

  5. So very sorry for your lost. Even though I didn’t know him, I know you Mary and he sounds like a terrific man. He gave his all and never left anything behind. I know he will be missed by many but mostly by you and his family. Just know I am here for you, I’am just a phone call away day or night. Prayers for you all. This can’t be an easy time for you nor will it be for years to come. He left behind so many memories and his craftsmanship must be beautiful. Love U.

  6. Mary,please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

    John and Rose Rowland (past neighbors to the Rogers family)

  7. The Edward Kozakiewicz family send their deepest condolences on your loss. My Gary rest in Peace.
    Edward, Margaret, Patricia, Pamela, Michael and Helen Kozakiewicz

  8. so sorry about Gary’s passing at such ayoung age, Mary and family. Thoughts and prayers are with you, Ifyou need anything please call,

  9. Mary,please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

    John and Rose Rowland (past neighbors to the Rogers family)

  10. The four of us sitting around a crackling fire-laughing and enjoying the starry sky–
    Glancing back to the house and sitting in the doorwall
    window Mary’s and Gary’s pet Rabbit staring back at us

  11. So sorry to hear of your loss. Sending my love and condolences to Mary, Greg, Becky and all of the Rogers family. Gary, and all of you, will be in my prayers.

  12. We were so sorry to hear this news. Our deepest sympathy to you and Greg & Becca. I know it’s been awhile but we think of you guys often. Sending Love and Prayers. Sorry we couldn’t make the drive up for the service

  13. Mary Just heard the news regarding Gary. Sorry to hear the news. I remember Gary as a very small person standing up in the front seat of our car as we rode with his mother,my mother, my little brother going up to Nassers in St. Clair. Remember being at your house in Algonac

  14. I only met Gary a few years ago. But it didn’t take long to see what a good man he was. God’s speed Gray. You will be sadly missed.

  15. May God bless all of you in remembering and sharing these beautiful memories of Gary. His woodworking skills are awesome.

  16. Mary. Becca, Greg and Jami. Sending love and prayers to all of you. I still can’t believe that this has happened and it’s hard to accept. Know you are surrounded by friends who want to help you through this.

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