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Gary Lee McQuillian, 83, of Lyons, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, April 13, 2018 peacefully at his home. The son of George & Marion (Maus) McQuillian, he was born April 8, 1935, in Lyons.  After graduating from Lyons High SchoolGary joined the Michigan National Guard and later enlisted in the United States Navy.  On St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1958, he married Harriet Parks and together they enjoyed 60 years of marriage.

He was preceded in death by his parents;  a son, Kelly Lee McQuillian; his brother, George (Chuck) McQuillian; his step-father, Clifford Ross; and several nieces and nephews. 


Surviving are his wife, Harriet McQuillian; a brother-in-law, David Gene Parks of Ionia; four sisters-in-law, Beverly Simon of Pewamo, Doris Parks of Maple Rapids, Donna Parks of Greenville, and Barb Parks of Ionia; two adopted grandsons, Dylan and Devin Babcock; and many nieces and nephews. 

Gary retired from TRW of Portland after 42 years of service. He was a member of Lyons-Muir Lions Club and Lyons-Muir Historical Society. Gary enjoyed traveling on his motorcycle with best friends Chuck and Carol Babcock.

Over the years Gary made many special friends; Richard Garza of Lansing, Marion &  Ernie Selden of Portland, Dave & Carol LaCross of Ionia, Roger & Carol Putney, Mike & April Peckins of Lyons, and he remained friends with his classmates Charlie &  Sherrill Timm of Crooked Lake; other special friends include his cousins Tim & Ann Randall, Benard & Mary Russell, Linda Meyers of Lyons, and Yvonne Maus of Ionia.


Memorial services will be held at a later date. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Gary’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: 

Instead of flowers, contributions in Gary‘s memory may be directed to Ionia Area Hospice, Lyons-Muir Lions Club and Lyons-Muir Historical Society.


Arrangements were entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, and honored provider of Veterans Funeral Care. 


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  1. Joni Nagy on April 21, 2018 at 10:57 am

    So sorry to hear of your husband’s passing, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of loss.
    Joni Nagy and sons

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