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Gary F. Pelfresne

Gary passed away Monday, February 24, 2020 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.

He was born June 24, 1954 in Muskegon, the son of Robert and Catherine (Fischer) Pelfresne. Gary was a graduate of Mona Shores High School. He worked at Richard’s Plumbing and Heating before joining his father and brothers at Hanson Distributing Company for over 30 years until his retirement in 2019. Gary had many collections and was an avid metal detector which he enjoyed with his late friend Glenn.

On June 29, 1974 at St. Margaret Catholic Church in Otsego, he married Susan Akright who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Justin Pelfresne, Alayna (Derek) Lewis and Caitlyn Pelfresne; grandchildren, Ethan and Genesis, and his siblings, Lois (Gary) Herline, Robert (Karen) Pelfresne, Nancy Pelfresne, James (Sarah) Pelfresne, Linda (John) Stegeman, William (Terri) Pelfresne, Lori (Dan) Baas, and Janet (Brian) Vestergaard.

He was preceded in death by his parents and nephew, Adam F. Carter.

According to his wishes, cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with Gary’s family starting at 1:00 P.M., Sunday, March 8, 2020 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, until the time of the Memorial Service at 3:00 P.M.

Contributions in memory of Gary may be made to the

Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation

to honor his father.

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Diane Tobias

February 27, 2020 at 2:25 pm

May fond memories of Gary bring comfort during this hard time in your life. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family in this time of your loss.


John and Diane Tobias


Gary and Barb Rhoades

February 27, 2020 at 4:24 pm

Thoughts and prayers are going to family and friends !


Bruce Dentlinger

February 27, 2020 at 5:36 pm

My sympathies and prayers go out to his family and friends. Being a younger cousin of Gary and living in Iowa , I didn’t get to meet him many times. My recollections of him when we visited Bob and Catherine were that he was a happy person with a smile on his face! I think he liked to go Jeeping too! I’m sure he has left many happy memories to remember him by.


Mona Erickson

February 27, 2020 at 6:08 pm

So sorry for such a sudden loss of your super good husband, Dad, loved brother and uncle..and grandpa.

Sue I can remember when you were first dating.. look at the terrific years you have had.

So sorry I know he will be greatly missed.


Carol & Russ Hover

February 27, 2020 at 8:40 pm

We send our deepest sympathy to you, Sue, and the family. We pray God will give you peace and comfort during this trying time!


Lisa Westcott-Dryer

February 28, 2020 at 1:08 pm

I remember Gary and Dad (Mort) going deer hunting and all of the fun stories they had to tell.

May the peace of lord be with you all at this difficult time.



February 28, 2020 at 2:05 pm

So sorry for the loss of such a hero to the family and more so to the grandchildren.

Knowing Alayna with such a gorgeous heart, tells me who the parents were and the kind of naturing they did. Love you so much Alayna and love your entire family. We all loved your dad but God loved him more. May his soul Rest In Peace.

Vane from Kenya.


Gloria Olson

February 28, 2020 at 2:19 pm

We are so sorry for your loss. Prayers for all.

Gloria Olson, Diana & Paul Slone, Tom Sqrow and Eric and Jody Sqrow.


Deane and Deana

February 28, 2020 at 6:59 pm

Pelfresne Family

Our most sincere condolences for the loss of Gary. He will truly be missed by the many lives he touched. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.


Deana Weidner

February 28, 2020 at 7:10 pm


I am so very, very sorry for your loss. Gary was always so nice and friendly any time I called the shop. Brody also has fond memories of him when he spent time at the shop, during summer vacations, as a young boy. He will certainly be missed.


Joan & Rene

February 28, 2020 at 7:30 pm

Nancy, our condolences to and your family on this sad event.


Allan Holden

February 29, 2020 at 8:59 pm

I was shocked and deeply saddened. He stopped to visit not very long back and I loved to visit and laugh with my dear friend. Our prayers of comfort and peace to his family, I am sure this is hard for you. May this draw each of you near to Jesus.

Al Holden. Pro Stock Metal Detectors.


Dawn Ratz

March 1, 2020 at 10:25 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with you, Nancy and family.


Scott Sukovich

March 2, 2020 at 8:29 pm

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May Gary Rest In Peace. May Sue, the children and grandchildren be comforted by many years of happiness. You are all in my prayers. Peace to all.


Gordy Noble

March 3, 2020 at 10:10 am

Gary was the all around great guy. I did not know him that long but he was an awesome delivery guy to our Well Drilling business. We had lots of funny conversations about life in general. May he Rest In Peace.



Mona Groenheide

March 22, 2020 at 11:53 am

Dear Sue and family,

We are so sorry for your loss. We are praying for your family to feel Gods comfort and peace.


Don and Mona Groenheide


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