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Gary Clifton Vredenburg

August 27, 1941 ~ June 30, 2020 (age 78)

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Gary Clifton Vredenburg, age 78, died peacefully June 30, 2020 and met his Savior face-to-face for all eternity. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of almost 60 years, Marty, and his four children, Cindy (Greg) Conners, Mike (Rebecca) Vredenburg, Kenn (Darcy) Vredenburg, and Crystal (Jeff) Hoffman. He was a loving, engaged grandfather to his nine grandchildren around the country - Jeffrey Vredenburg (FL), Kelli Wisthoff (TN), Robin Romano (SC), Kari Vredenburg (NYC), Ryan Conners (MI), Danny Vredenburg (OR), Kyle Vredenburg (MI), Jon Vredenburg (CA), Milena Hoffman (OH), beloved grandson Pierce Hoffman who preceded him in death, and seven great grandchildren. Gary was born and raised in Detroit He was a Detroit police officer, working the beats downtown and then in the bureau. After the 1968 riots he relocated his family to the Vredenburg farm in Stanwood, a centennial homestead now farmed by his son and grandson. His engineering mind served him well at Wolverine Worldwide for ten years and then at Steelcase where he advanced to plant manager. He left Detroit with a dog and a pony, which quickly grew to a menagerie of animals thanks to his children. A "city" farmer, he quickly took to the trade and spent his retirement years driving tractor and helping on the dairy farm. He was an inquisitive, self-taught master of many skills including mechanics, woodworking, construction, and technology. Gary's lifelong passion was music. A talented musician, he could play a song after hearing it once and could play Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue in his sleep. He played both the piano and the organ for church and directed the choir. He also enjoyed woodworking, fishing, Michigan football and playing cards with family. He was never without his Michigan cap, making clear his loyalties in his divided Spartan/ Wolverine household. He and Marty enjoyed many Michigan football games and Griffin hockey games. Gary was a member of the Lions Club, a regular at Friday morning coffee in Mecosta and enjoyed the keyboard club and many social connections in Port Richey, Florida where he spent most of the last eighteen winters. He will be missed by his family and friends who enjoyed his humor, his quick "Go Blue" and who benefited immensely from his generous spirit, his hospitality and his selfless sharing of many talents. Due to COVID-19, family and friends will gather at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Gary can be made to the benevolent fund of Sylvester Community Church, 8320 5 Mile Road, Mecosta MI 49332. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Gary Clifton Vredenburg please visit our Sympathy Store.

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