Gary Clifton Vredenburg
1941 - 2020
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ROCKFORD -- Gary Clifton Vredenburg, 78, passed peacefully June 30, 2020, and met his Savior face-to-face for all eternity.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Marty; his four children, Cindy (Greg) Conners, Mike (Rebecca), Kenn (Darcy) and Crystal (Jeff) Hoffman; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his two sisters and a grandson.

Gary was born in Detroit and worked as a Detroit police officer for many years. Upon moving to the family farm in Stanwood he worked for Wolverine Worldwide and later retired from Steelcase, working as an engineer and plant manager.

Once retired, he loved working on the family farm with his son.

Gary was a talented musician who played both organ and piano at church. He enjoyed woodworking, Michigan football, fishing and cards.

He leaves many friends in Michigan and Port Richey, Florida.

Family and friends will gather for a memorial 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.

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Published in Big Rapids Pioneer on Jul. 3, 2020.
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July 5, 2020
What a great guy. I sure wish we could have spent more time together. Iprayers are with you Marty. God bless
Ed Highfield
July 4, 2020
Marty, our hearts hurt because of Gary's passing only because we will not hear his music we so enjoyed. Yet we rejoice because he is with his savior for eternity and we will hear him again some day only this time it will be for eternity. We are praying for you Marty as you go through this transition. Loved you from the first time we met @ Music 1-5.
Phil & Dee
July 3, 2020
Dear Marty, our prayers are with you. We really enjoyed seeing you and Gary when we went to Florida several times over the Winter. Thank the Lord that Gary was ready to be with Jesus. May the Lord be with you and your family. God bless you. Dave & Judy Wulf.
Dave & Judy Wulf
July 3, 2020
Gary was a friend from the moment I met him, he was like that.
He will be missed. RIP my friend.
Bob herndon
July 3, 2020
Dear familie Vredenburg
We understood that Gary passend away. We have had the best memories about our Gary and Marty. We stayed and traveled with them and they stayed with is in Holland.
We think about Gary with warm feelings.
Johan and Ineke de Rijke
Johan en Ineke de Rijke
July 3, 2020
Janet and I have so many precious memories of time we spent with Gary and Marty. We always looked forward to wintering in Florida so we could be with and do things with them. And, of course, we did get to spend a few weeks with them at their homes in Michigan. I will miss my friend, but I do not grieve for him, since his race is run and is now enjoying his new life in his new home. I grieve for my loss. Plan to see you in Heaven, Gary.
July 3, 2020
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July 2, 2020
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