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Gale W. Emmons

Gale passed away Monday, March 22, 2021 at Alamo Nursing Home.

He was born December 15, 1936, in Kalamazoo, the son of Glen and Marjorie (Gay) Emmons. For many years he worked at North America Aluminum in Parchment and had owned and operated Gales Bike Shop in Plainwell. In his spare time Gale enjoyed fishing, camping and loved taking trips up north.

On November 21, 1997 he married Patricia Sutherland who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Jeffery (Deborah) Emmons of Kalamazoo, Sarah Lindeman of Plainwell, Wendy (Rich) Hardey of Gobles, Jason (Debbie) Emmons of Vicksburg, Christine (Jeff) Noble of Kalamazoo, Larry Fox of Plainwell and James (Kimberly) Fox of Bloomingdale; 19 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; siblings, Gary, Glenora, Randy, Will and Margie along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Nancy; son, Wesley and siblings, Glenna, Gilbert and Gaylord “Butch”.

Friends may visit with Gale’s family from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM, Thursday, March 25, 2021 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a private family funeral service will take place at 11:00 A.M., Friday, March 26, 2021 with Celebrant Mary Ann DeVries officiating. A live stream will be available here:

Burial will follow at Mallory Cemetery in Allegan.

With covid-19 guideline, 25 people will be allowed at a time, masks and social distancing will be required.

Contributions in memory of Gale may be made to

Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan.

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March 23, 2021 at 3:38 pm

So sorry for your loss,

Laurie Williams


Jeffery Emmons

March 23, 2021 at 4:54 pm

Dad, I am going to miss our every day phone calls, our trips up north, our trips to Kmart in Marshall then going out to eat, our dinners with you at the house……I could go on forever with what I’m going to miss. A part of me passed with you. I feel empty now. You were the greatest dad ever. I love you soo much. Until I see you again. ❤️


Tonya M Emmons

March 23, 2021 at 6:07 pm

Uncle Gale, I know you are in a better place but it is still heartbreaking. You will be severely missed, and were soo loved by many.

God Bless you and the entire family.


Deborah Straka

March 23, 2021 at 9:42 pm

I have known Gale for 35 years and he became my second dad. I met all of his children and through the years have spent many barbecues, weddings, birthday parties, Christmas parties, births of his grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. Dad I will miss all of our trips up North with you mom Jeff and myself., all of our laughs together, shopping trips, eating out, Sunday dinners, Holiday dinners, at your house., you and mom calling and singing Happy Birthday to me every year. I will miss all of your wise advice you have given me over the years. I feel a hole in my heart not being able to call you to say hi or seeing you. It has been a privilege to care for you at home and at Alamo. I Love you Dad. Thank you for all the cherished years I have known you. Until we meet again.


Allison lindeman

March 23, 2021 at 11:09 pm

I’m going to miss you so much grandpa. I love you forever & always. ❤️


Becky Dennis

March 24, 2021 at 5:59 pm

He was a sweet man. Thoughts and prayers to all his family and friends.


Becky Dennis


Jean (Burkett) Phelps

March 27, 2021 at 9:52 am

My thoughts and prayers are with you! God bless you and give you comfort!!


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