Gary T. Gill


Gary Todd Gill

Date of Birth: April 27, 1938
Date of Death: February 27, 2017

Gary Todd Gill, age 78, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 27, 2017.

Born April 27, 1938 in Amasa, he resided in Marquette most of his life.

Gary was a veteran of the US Navy. Following his honorable discharge, he taught in the Marquette School District, a job he loved and that brought him national recognition. His career in education spanned 29 years and included teaching social studies as well as taking on extracurricular activities such as driver’s education and track and field. Later he was employed with MEA Financial Services, devoting thirty years as a Registered Representative for the Teacher’s Retirement Program. For several years he also held a builder’s license, constructing several homes in Marquette. His passion for the outdoors followed him throughout his life. He loved deer hunting most of all, but also enjoyed trapping, hiking, canoeing, and camping. He was an avid cross-country skier who logged hundreds of miles each winter. Competitive by nature, he won the UP Chess Championship three times, and was nearly unbeatable at poker. His rich life provided ample inspiration for a book of original poetry. A man of strength and integrity, Gary lived his life faithfully according to his personal motto, “Whatever it takes.” Known as a friend to all, Gary could be depended upon to help whenever needed. He shared most of his interests with his three sons, and no father was ever more loved or will be more missed.

Gary is survived by his wife, Darlene, his three sons, Brian (Alyona), David (Michelle), and Kevin, three grandchildren, Anton, Maxim, and Lina, his mother-in-law, Fronia McKenzie, and siblings, Lowell (Marilyn), Susan Marie, Samuel (Alla), Steven (JoAnne), Valerie, Thomas (MaryBeth), and Edward, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Anna Pauline (Bennett) and John Lawrence Gill, and siblings, Don, MaryLee, and Diana.

Honoring Gary’s request, a memorial gathering celebrating his life will be held at a later date.

The Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at swansonlundquistfuneral

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