Gary Groen

We are deeply saddened to report the passing of Gary Groen (65) of Otsego on Monday, July 19, 2010 at home.

Gary was born August 18, 1944, in Plainwell, the son of Neil and Wilma (Kindal) Groen. He was a member of the USTA, the Michigan Harness Horsemen’s Association and was very involved with horses his entire life. For many years he operated Gary Groen’s Racing Stable and had worked at Plainwell Paper Company and Valley Metal. His life was racing horses throughout the Midwest.

Surviving are his companion of many years, Laura M. Surprise; children, Lon (Patty) Todd of Allegan, Leo (Kelli) Moyer of Gobles, Ray (Cathie) Moyer of Hopkins, Teresa (Mike) Botma of Pierson, Brian (Jill) Moyer of Sears and Charles Groen of Parchment; a daughter-in-law, Dora Todd (and Brian) of Allegan; 17 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; sisters, Beverly (David), Mary Lou (Burt), Peg and Diane (Paul); sister-in-law, Joan; brothers-in-law, Richard and Ron many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Tim; a brother, Charles; 2 sisters, Darlene and Elaine and a brother-in-law Tom.

Friends may meet his family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Friday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where funeral services will be held at 12:00 Noon Saturday with Hospice Chaplain Bob Pumfrey officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Gary may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice – Hospice Home.

We extend our deepest sympathies to Gary’s family and many friends; he will be deeply missed.