Chris Ganger, 58

Christopher Dell Ganger, age 58, of Sturgis, passed away early Tuesday evening, November 9, 2021 at Ascension Providence Hospital – Southfield Campus in Southfield, Michigan.

He was born October 9, 1963 in Paulding, Ohio son of Robert Paul and Phyllis K. (Barnhouse) Ganger.

Chris resided in Sturgis since 1969 coming from Paulding.

He was a graduate of Centreville High School with the class of 1982. While a student at Centreville High School he excelled in athletics especially in football and wrestling. For many years he held several school records in football and was extremely successful in wrestling qualifying for the State Finals and taking a place on the podium all four years of his career and was crowned a State Champion his sophomore year. He earned a scholarship and went on to wrestle for Ferris State University in Big Rapids.

He had been employed by Morgan Olson in Sturgis, Riblett Plastics in Middlebury, G&H Industries in Centreville and S&H RV in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Chris was proud to have served his country in the U.S. Army Reserves for six years. He enjoyed playing golf, bowling, fishing, hunting and was an avid reader especially enjoying fantasy and sci-fi.

Chris is survived by one daughter: Morgan Picking of Three Rivers; one son: Christopher Joshua Ganger of Coldwater; two grandchildren: Jack Kessler and Rhett Westcomb; his mother: Phyllis Ganger of Sturgis; three brothers: Robert (Beth) Ganger of Centreville, Michael (Sonja) Ganger of Chicago, Illinois and Daniel Ganger of Linden; one sister: Mary Kay Dennehy of Bloomington, Ohio and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father.

In accordance with his wishes cremation has taken place. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 6:00 P.M. Wednesday at the Hackman Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes in Sturgis where a memorial service celebrating the life of Christopher Ganger will immediately follow the visitation at 6:00 P.M. Private burial of the ashes will take place at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Sturgis at a later date.

The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Chris’s memory consider the Centreville High School Athletic Department, 190 Hogan St., Centreville, MI 49032.

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