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Gary Lee Jennings
  • December 16, 1943 - December 14, 2020
  • Comstock Township, Michigan
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“So sorry to hear about the passing of Gary Jennings. He was a neighbor and our daughters (Kim and Amy) were best friends. We also taught together in...Read More »
1 of 26 | Posted by: Del Newell - Kalamazoo, MI

“Sorry to hear about Gary's passing, we were friends during Jr High and High School. During Jr High we both had beagle pups and went rabbit hunting...Read More »
2 of 26 | Posted by: Gary Livingston - San Tan Valley, AZ

“RIP Gary. You were a great teammate and friend. You always had a smile on your face, a genuine new person. Prayers for family. Say hi to Doo and all...Read More »
3 of 26 | Posted by: BOB ROWE - Friend

“Condolences to Gary’s family. Remember him well even after all the years since that special ‘66 year at Western. Had a great work ethic...Read More »
4 of 26 | Posted by: Dave Mollard - Friend

“I am so saddened by Gary's struggle with an illness he couldn't overcome. It was such a pleasure to work with Gary for decades at Comstock High...Read More »
5 of 26 | Posted by: Susan Skytta - KALAMAZOO, MI

“Mr. Jennings was a great teacher, and I always considered him to be a man of high moral character. Many times he shared words of wisdom with me. I...Read More »
6 of 26 | Posted by: Mark Nance - Student

“Most heartfelt condolences. We have all lost a little something this week. ”
7 of 26 | Posted by: Craig Warren - MI - Family Friend

“Jacque we are so sorry to hear that your brother has died. We know how devasting it is and we are sending a big virtual hug. Gary was world famous in...Read More »
8 of 26 | Posted by: Mary and Randy Lober - Friend

“Gary helped me get started in home building by answering questions for me as I had things come up. Thanks in part to His help I was able to have a...Read More »
9 of 26 | Posted by: Jim Petto - Friend

“What an amazing man. He was so strong and brave. Condolences to all and I will miss his smiling face. ”
10 of 26 | Posted by: John Hunt - kalamazoo, MI

“I saw Gary play for the Broncos in mid-'60s (he led MAC in interceptions in 1965) and later had the pleasure of teaching with him at Comstock HS. He...Read More »
11 of 26 | Posted by: Bruce and Sue Bendix - Saginaw, MI

“Linda I am so sad with the news of Gary's death. My sincere sympathy is with you and your children.God be with you,Sue (Hicks) Browne ”
12 of 26 | Posted by: Sue Browne - Classmate

“We are very shocked to hear of Gary's passing. To all of the family members, please accept our sincere sympathy and prayers at this time. We will...Read More »
13 of 26 | Posted by: Bob and Jo Chamberlin - Plainwell, MI

“Coach Gary was an Assistant Coach, working with Head Coach Wayne Hunt, for our Comstock Varsity Football Teams from 1968-1970. A dedicated, tireless,...Read More »
14 of 26 | Posted by: Kevin Bennett - Grand Rapids, MI

“Gary was a great man! I became closer to him when his son wrestled. He was a kind and gentle force that demanded integrity and hard work. I must...Read More »
15 of 26 | Posted by: Jeff Foy - Friend

“So sorry to hear this. I had Gary for building trades and went on to build houses for many years because of him. Loved running into him years later...Read More »
16 of 26 | Posted by: tom berg - Grand Rapids, MI

“We are so very sorry to hear of Gary's illness and passing.Gary was such a great guy and we will always remember his wonderful athletic abilities,...Read More »
17 of 26 | Posted by: Craig & Lorna Sisson - Otsego, MI

“I am at a loss. Mr. Jennings inspired in me, a love of wood working that continues to this day. Thank you sir, you will be missed. ”
18 of 26 | Posted by: Dennis Mort - Student

“Spent many picnics with Gary, Linda, and the family years ago. They were our neighbors for many years. He was a wonderful man and a great friend to...Read More »
19 of 26 | Posted by: Elizabeth Sherman - Friend

“I was in Gary Jennings wood shop class in my senior year at CHS. I am a 1970 graduate. I was the only female in the class. My dad was a carpenter...Read More »
20 of 26 | Posted by: Barbara Vander Kley Gingerich

“Linda and family.We have such fond remembrances of Gary. He was a wonderful teacher and a good friend. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.John...Read More »
21 of 26 | Posted by: John/Carol Holms - Portage, MI

“He was a wonderful friend and dad had a lot of wonderful time with him and family prayers are with your wonderful family will miss you my friend ”
22 of 26 | Posted by: Randy Stout

“So sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. He was a great man. He was a year behind me in school and when we did the all school reunions he and...Read More »
23 of 26 | Posted by: Sue (Knight) Higgs - Friend

“Linda and family, so sorry to hear of Gary's passing.Back in the day we enjoyed many good times together.He was a great guy. ”
24 of 26 | Posted by: Joe & Sandy hnilo - kalamazoo, MI

“Gary always had a smile, and a hand shake when you met him anywhere, and was a wealth of wisdom, and information, he loved America and his Family, he...Read More »
25 of 26 | Posted by: Tim Niceswander - Friend

“We are so very saddened to learn of Gary's passing. He will always be remembered as a great person. Blessings to your family. ”
26 of 26 | Posted by: Bernie and Beverly Vallier - MI


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Gary Lee Jennings of Comstock Township, MI

Gary, age 76, was surrounded by family and passed away on Monday morning, December 14, 2020 after an 8-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Gary was born at PIP hospital in Plainwell, Michigan on December 16, 1943. The 2nd of 3 children born to parents Gilbert Leonard Jennings and Sally Massey Jennings.

He graduated from Otsego High School in 1962.

After high school Gary attended Western Michigan University where he earned a Bachelors' of Science degree, a Masters' of Arts degree, and was a member of the 1966 Western Michigan University Broncos MAC Championship football team.

In high school he met his future wife Linda, and they dated until they were married on June 6, 1964, while they were both still in college.

After graduating college Gary landed a job as and Industrial Arts teacher at Comstock High School where he taught various Woodworking, Tech Ed, and Residential Construction classes for over 33 years. During his tenure as an educator he also served as the Department Head for Vocational Education and coached numerous sports, his favorite of which was football.

Gary was a talented craftsman and in 1975 he went into business for himself as a home builder and built numerous homes and completed countless remodeling and furniture projects under the title Gary Jennings, Builder until he retired full time in 2000.

Gary was known as a gifted athlete and in 1996 he was inducted into the Otsego High School athletic Hall of Fame.

Family was his greatest treasure and the joy of his life. He loved spending time with family and cherished summers at the family's cottage on Pine Lake. He was an avid hunter, shooter, and sportsmen and loved chasing birds in the field with his Brittanys. Gary served as the Vice-President of Pheasants Forever of Southwest Michigan for over 30 years and was a proud American patriot and lifetime member of the NRA.

Gary is preceded in death by his father, Gilbert, and his mother, Sally. He is survived by his spouse Linda, and their three children Kim Clancy (Tom), Troy Jennings (Jody), and Kyle Jennings; 7 grandchildren Morgan Jennings, Brolan Jennings, Ashlee Pietenpol, Harry Clancy, Grace Clancy, Danny Clancy, and Caroline Clancy; and his two siblings Soni Mackin (Jim) of Dundee, and Jacque Carter (Scott) of Kalamazoo.

A memorial celebration is being planned for spring of 2021. The Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Richland, Chapel is assisting Gary's family. In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorial donations to the following organizations that Gary proudly supported:

Pheasants Forever – Chapter 76 - https://www.pheasantsforever.org
Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan - https://www.hospiceswmi.org/give/
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital - https://www.stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude.html?sc_icid=header-btn-donate-now
Western Michigan University School of Nursing - https://wmich.edu/nursing