Gary Gales, 51

Gary Lynn Gales, age 51 of Sturgis, passed away early Sunday morning, March 23, 2014 at his home.

He was born Sept. 9, 1962, in Malden, Mo., a son of the late Charles Lloyd and Mary Christine (Kellum) Gales.

Gary resided most of his life in the Leonidas area. On Dec. 28, 1990, he married Alana Hennessee in St. Joseph.

Gary enjoyed NASCAR, college football, baseball, UFC and following current news and weather on television. He had an appreciation for martial arts. Gary had many interests and hobbies, but what he truly cherished was time spent with his grandchildren he so dearly loved.

He is survived by his loving wife, Alana; three daughters, Raina (Kyle Wolthuis) Gales of Sturgis, Andrea (David Johnloz) Hennessee of Sturgis and Samantha Gales of Benton Harbor; two sons, David Gales of Benton Harbor and Gary Gales Jr. of Kalamazoo; 12 grandchildren; two brothers, Steve Gales of Missouri and Joe Gales of Mendon; a sister, Susan Newton of Mendon; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the Hackman Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis. In accordance with his wishes, cremation will follow visitation.

Memorial donations would be appreciated to Hackman Family Funeral Homes, P.O. Box 9, Sturgis, MI 49091, to help with expenses.

His obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhome.com, where personal messages of support may be left for the family.

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