2017-12-06 / Obituaries


GREGORY JAY GRANGER, 66, of Ellenton, FL, passed away peacefully in his sleep, with his dog at his feet, Wednesday 11/15/2017 at home, of natural causes.

He was born 9/10/1951, in Flint, to the late Theodore Joseph Granger and Donna Mae (West) Granger. He was their first-born child. He was taken home to

Lapeer, where he attended Lapeer

County schools and graduated there in 1969.

He attended University of Michigan and several trade schools. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1971 during the Vietnam war. He served for 4 years as a Weapons Mechanic and Armament Installer, and left as a Sergeant.

He belonged to The American Legion, Amvets, was a lifetime member of the DAV and a member of the Moose Lodge.

He worked with the Boy Scouts for a while. He was a generous donor to many charities such as the American Legion Post #325 in Florida, Salvation Army, Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill, and sponsored a few children for dance classes. He especially loved donating to Toys for Tots and would adopt a family of older children (the forgotten ones) and thoroughly enjoyed shopping for them.

He loved to travel and went on more than 22 cruises since 1999. He worked for General Motors for 33 years, working in Lansing, Flint and Bowling Green, KY, where he retired November 2007. The day after he retired, he moved to Florida and loved every minute of retirement. He was a kind, generous and loving person. He had no enemies and was a “rock” to those he loved. He enjoyed reading, movies, and sci-fi anything.

He was preceded in death by his father, Theodore Joseph Granger.

He is survived by his dearly loved mother, Donna Mae (West) Granger; his wife, Marcella (Marcy) Granger (Johnstone) to whom he was the love of her life; his children, Heather and Eric (Laura) Granger; step-children, Shawn (fiance Ryan Ruth) Hauxwell, Ronald Thomson and Ryan Thomson; 11 grandchildren, Logan, Landon, Londyn, Lilliana, Jessica, Zachary, Justice, Austin, Mercedes, Isaac, Zoey; and one great-grandchild, Hunter. He also has surviving sisters and brothers, Denise (Dave) Sloan, Donna Morse, Jeff (Susie) Granger, Martin (Laura) Granger, Cathy (Jeff) Krzeszwski; and many nieces and nephews. He will be sorely missed by his many friends and family.

Gregory will be buried by his father in Davison Township Cemetery, 10080 E. Richfield Rd., Davison. Graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on December 8, 2017. There will be a dinner in memoriam for Gregory at Madden’s Lounge, also in Davison at 809 N. State Rd. (M-15), back room, at 2-5 p.m. (12/8/2017).

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations in his name to Toys for Tots, or any service related charity.

Gregory’s love for humanity, zest for life, loving and gentle ways, will be sorely missed. He was always loving, considerate and the whole world to his wife Marcella.

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