DeSander, Gary R., Saginaw, Michigan

Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle tragically lost his life on Saturday, August 4, 2012, at the age of 65 years. Gary passed doing what he was known for: helping others. While helping a good friend, his tractor flipped, and he died in the accident. Gary was born August 31, 1946, in Saginaw, the son of the late Henry and Delphine (Moeller) DeSander. He graduated from Arthur Hill High School with the Class of 1964. He served with the US Marine Corps in the Vietnam War. He received his Associate Degree in Ornamental Horticulture from Michigan State University. Gary worked with his father in the family business, DeSander Landscaping. He later purchased the business in 1979 and owned and operated it with his partner, Leonard Krug, until its sale in January of 2012. He was a member and Past President of the Saginaw Valley Nursery and Landscape Association. He was a great man, father, husband and grandfather. He was the perfect role model as a father for disciplined hard work, helping others and quietly supporting his son Don’s engineering career, and his son Dave’s hockey career. He married Kathryn Elliott on June 30, 1972; she survives him. He also leaves two sons and one grandson, Donald B. DeSander, Cambridge, Massachusetts; David R. DeSander and Jennifer Rice, and their son, Cameron, all of Grand Rapids; two sisters and one brother, Yvonne and Thomas Abbott, Saginaw; Cindy and Dan Palmer, Land O’ Lakes, Florida; Michael and April DeSander, Saginaw; five brothers-in-law, one sister-in-law, and their spouses, Michael and Linda Elliott, Saginaw; Mark and Lynn Elliott, Grand Blanc; Jeanne Elliott, Saginaw; James Elliott, Saginaw; John Elliott, California; Mr. and Mrs. Brian Elliott, California; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and their families. Gary’s family will receive friends at the W. L. Case & Company Funeral Chapel, 4480 Mackinaw Road, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 9, 2012. A time of sharing and remembrance will take place at 7:00 p.m. Thursday. Military honors will be under the auspices of American Legion Post #439. Those planning an expression of sympathy in his memory may wish to consider the scholarship fund of the Saginaw Valley Nursery and Landscape Association.