Garry L. Hess, age 64, of 8909 Q Road; Gladstone, MI died unexpectedly Tuesday morning December 12, 2006 at home of an apparent heart attack.
Garry was born July 14, 1942 in Benton Harbor, MI the son of Grant and Lois (Schmaltz) Hess. Garry was raised and attended school in Benton Harbor through the eighth grade when his family subsequently moved to Gladstone. Garry was a 1960 graduate of the Gladstone High School and while at Gladstone he participated in football and golf. Garry was named to the All UP State Golf Team and was named U.P. Golf Champion his senior year. He continued his education at Northern Michigan University in Marquette where he received his B.S. Degree in Business in 1964. Garry married his college sweetheart, the former Barbara Larsen, on August 22, 1964 at the Memorial United Methodist Church in Gladstone. They lived in Rapid River until 1972 when they built their current home on the North Bluff in Gladstone. Garry was a valued employee at such distinguished companies as Harnischfeger Corporation, Standard Oil, Pisces Corporation, and retired from U.P. Electric Wittock Supply Company in 1999.
Garry was an active member of the Gladstone community where he was involved with the Gladstone Yacht Club, Gladstone Golf Club and the Gladstone Lions Club. He served on the Gladstone School Board for over 20 years, serving as President of the Board. Garry was also a member of the Memorial United Methodist Church in Gladstone where he served on the church council and was the Finance Chairman for over 15 years. Garry