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Mr. Gary L. Garner, age 63, of Sand Lake, passed away on Sunday morning, September 5, 2010. He met the love of his life at a dance. After Gary found out that Dale worked in a restaurant in Greenville, he was a frequent customer. After a year of a loving courtship, they eloped to Mexico and were married on February 25, 1968. They stayed in California where Gary worked as an auto mechanic. As their family grew, Gary and Dale moved back here and settled on the lake. He then worked for Westinghouse (now Knoll Furniture, Inc.) until his retirement. When Gary and Dale bought their home on the lake, it was really a run-down place. With lots of love, companionship, and work, they made their home on the lake, a place of comfort for family and friends. Gary enjoyed playing practical jokes. He really liked antiquing and going to yard sales. Gary had a talent for turning his purchases into objects of beauty. He and Dale also liked to travel. They visited many foreign countries and loved taking pictures of their journeys. Gary is survived by his loving wife, Dale whom he married on February 25, 1968; children, Gary D. Garner and Liz, and Paula Garner and Keith; grandchildren, Nathanael, Sarah, Stephanie; great-grandchildren, Gabriel, and Sophia; his mother, Eva Hodges; brother, Ken (Joanne) Garner and his children; Dale's mother, Jeanette Nielsen and her children. Gary is also survived by many nieces and nephews. His brother, Larry Garner, preceded him in death. The service for Gary will be Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at Sand Lake United Methodist Church, 65 Maple, Sand Lake, MI 49343, with Pastor Darryl Miller officiating. Interment in Crandell Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Sand Lake United Methodist Church. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the Pederson Funeral Home on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m.