Gary Kerestes

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Gary Kerestes, 68, passed away on Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, after a short illness. He was at home with family by his side. Gary was born in Kane, Penn., to Martin and Lois (Morris) Kerestes. He attended Virginia Tech University, where he majored in Chemical Engineering, and also met his wife Pam. He began his career with The Dow Chemical Co. in 1970 in Youngstown, Ohio, where he worked for Dow Industrial Service. He then moved on to write the pre-operational cleaning procedures for the Davis Bessee Nuclear Plant in Ohio.

In 1976 he began working for the Michigan Division in Midland, and worked on many different projects until he retired in 2002. In his retirement he enjoyed playing golf, being a member of the Kiwassee Kiwanis Organization, and doing taxes through AARP at the Midland Community Center.

He is survived by his mother; his wife, Pam; daughter, Sharon (Mike) Saroian; son, Brian (Tara) Kerestes; sister, Diana (Bill) Brown; brother, Steve, and Martin Betts. He is also survived by his four grandchildren whom he adored, grandsons Eric and Ryan and granddaughters Porter and Alyssa. He will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him.

Visitation and memorial services will take place at the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Home, 1200 W. Wheeler Street. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, and one hour prior to the 2 p.m. service on Friday. Per Gary's wishes, his body has been cremated and the ashes will be interred at a later date at the Columbarium on the Virginia Tech campus. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Salvation Army of Midland or Kiwassee Kiwanis.

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Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Home - Midland
1200 W. Wheeler St
Midland, MI 48640
(989) 631-2292
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Published in Midland Daily News from Jan. 4 to Jan. 5, 2016