Garland Black

Garland Black

Garland Black age 95 passed away quickly Wednesday, July 27, 2016.

Now he joins his wife of 57 years, Cora who preceded him in death in 2001. Surviving are his best friend of 14 years, Virginia Winn; children, Don (Clair) Black and Jerry Black; 5 grandchildren, Jody (Denise), Jeff, Chris (Kami), Derek and Dawn; 12 great-grandchildren and his youngest sibling, Vera Kershaw.

He was born March 12, 1921 and was the 6th of 7 children of John and Bertha (Ketchum) Black of Kalamazoo. For many years he farmed and retired at 62 from General Tool. He loved nature and stones and had carried a lucky one in his pocket and nervously polished it frequently. Gar was a cowboy at heart and loved Arizona where he visited and spent his winters for many years. A proud survivor of the Great Depression, he always lived below his means, “ate right”, walked for exercise and talked to anyone during his miles of daily journeys. Gar left 3 great legacies; live below means, devoted work ethics and convicted principles.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

No services are scheduled at this time.

Contributions in memory of Gar may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice of Allegan.

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  1. Jerry and Judy Shumaker says:

    We are so sorry for your loss of Garland. He will truly be missed. Our thoughts and sympathy are with all of his family and friends. Garland was a super nice guy with a great smile. We missed having him in our neighborhood after he moved to Green Acres in Wayland but it probably was a huge relief for him to not have to worry about taking care of a yard and home anymore, even though he enjoyed making sure things were the way he wanted them in his yard. Awww. He most certainly enjoyed working out in his yard and always took time to wave and smile every time we drove by. We missed seeing him out there and his friendly wave and great smile, but we heard that he had adjusted well at the assisted living facility so that is good. Please know that we are thinking of all of you and hoping that your special and fond memories will help you through your grief. Take care now.

  2. The City of Plainwell says:

    We were sorry to hear of your loss. He will be missed.

  3. Lori, Jill and Marci Snyder says:

    We were sorry to hear of your loss. Sending prays to you and the rest of the family.

  4. Verlen & Judy Miller says:

    Keeping you in our thoughts & prayers.

  5. Bud DeGood says:

    Don & Clair and Jerry

    My condolences to you and your families in the loss of your father
    He was a good friend for 65 years I will miss him.
    Bud De Good

  6. Bruce and Linda Summerer says:

    Our condolences on the passing of your father. We were neighbor’s of your mom and dad for many years and enjoyed every contact we had with them. JUst want you to know what a wonderful father you were blessed with.

  7. June Kershaw says:

    Thinking of all of you and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
    Take care.

    June Kershaw and family

  8. Shirlene & Frank Demaray says:

    Thinking of you in your time of loss. What a special man.

  9. Judith Hiemstra says:

    So sorry for your loss. I have great memories of Garland coming to the Tamarack Reunions for many years.

  10. Mike and Sally Pritko says:

    Our deepest sympathy to all of Garlands family. He was a great neighbor, he will be missed.

  11. Mike and Sally Pritko says:

    Our deepest sympathy to all of Garlands friends and family. He was a wonderful neighbor and will be missed.

  12. Linda (Kershaw) Blowers says:

    I will miss my uncle Garland and his Hugs My prayers are with all of you

  13. John Bolcato, Jr. says:

    I was very sorry to learn of Garland’s passing. I was his Realtor when we sold his parent’s home on north 8th St. He was a pleasure to know and to do business with- a great gentleman. In sympathy, John Bolcato, Jr. Associate Broker, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Mi. Portage Mi.

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