Gregory F. DeGeer, 68, passed away Saturday evening, Sept. 14, 2013, at Masonic Pathways in Alma. He and his twin brother, Garwood, were born July 31, 1945, to the late Norma (Zimmerman) and Reginald DeGeer in Midland. Greg attended Midland schools, graduating from Midland High School in 1964. He completed one year of college before being drafted in the U.S. Marines in 1966, serving proudly in the Marine Corps. in Mike Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Infantry to fight for our country in Vietnam as a sniper, serving one tour of duty from 1966-1967.
Greg began his professional woodcarving career full time in 1980 after the Midland County Youth Development Inc. closed its doors. His decision came with his family's encouragement and after early success selling his carved duck decoys in Chicago (1975) and after earning his first blue ribbon at the Midwest Decoy Show in Monroe (1976) for his Green Wing Teal.
Surviving Greg are his loving devoted wife of 47 years, Emilie; and their three children, Dean (Becky) DeGeer of Clinton Township, Cindy (John) Weaver of Midland, and Brad DeGeer of Austin, Texas; also two grandchildren, John Weaver and Morgan DeGeer. Also surviving are his brother, Dirk (Veronica) DeGeer of Midland; and sister, Sue (Charles) Cox of Doraville, Ga.; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Craig and Eileen Perrigo of Pensacola, Fla. and Gary Siler of Merrill; and many nieces and nephews.
Greg was preceded in death by his parents, Norma and Reginald DeGeer; sisters-in-law, Gretchen DeGeer, Ande DeGeer and Patsy Siler. Greg was very close to his siblings and was deeply saddened by the recent death of his twin brother, Gar (8-4-13).
A special thank you goes to Masonic Pathways of Alma who cared for Greg following his debilitating stroke Easter weekend 2013.
Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, from the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Home, 1200 W. Wheeler St. The Rev. Dr. Charles Keyworth will officiate, with burial in Midland City Cemetery. Military honors will be presented by the Midland Area Veterans and the U.S. Marine Corps
. Greg's family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of services. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the ASPCA or Ducks Unlimited.