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Gary Emmett Tuohy, 73, of Grand Rapids passed away on March 29, 2020 at home under the loving care of his family and Kindred Hospice.

He was born on February 21, 1947 in Detroit to the late Emmett Francis Tuohy & Evelyne Mae (Carnell) Tuohy. In addition to his parents; his sister, Gail Sloan, preceded him in death.

Gary was an avid reader, had a lifelong interest in stamp collecting and especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Surviving are his children, Heather Willekens and Christopher Tuohy both of South Bend, IN, Bridget Tuohy of Niles, and Katie & Justin Sobecki of Rockford; grandchildren, Taylor Willekens, Jordan Willekens, Breanna Tuohy, Sawyer Shuttleworth, Claire Sobecki, and Evelyn Sobecki; three great-grandchildren; and brother-in law, Richard Sloan.

Instead of flowers, Gary would have appreciated contributions in his memory to The Humane Society of the United States . To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Gary’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, (616) 452-3006, honored providers of Veterans Funeral Care.


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  1. Dawn Young on April 1, 2020 at 3:16 pm

    Dearest family of Gary,
    Gary was one of my supervisors at Notre Dame. He was the most positive and upbeat person, that you could know. He was fair and kind to all. May you have peace of mind, knowing that he will now be pain free and at peace. Until we meet again, is what I live by. Heartfelt sympathy, Dawn Young

  2. Harry Storms on April 1, 2020 at 3:29 pm

    My deepest sympathies go out to Gary’s family and friends. I have know Gary for all of the 18 years I worked at Notre Dame. We often talked about whatever book he was reading at the time and others that he read in the past concerning current events. Gary was a great idea man, with many great ideas concerning work situations. When both of us retired, we would meet about once a month for lunch and we would talk about previous work situations, politics and his family and their activities. I really cherished his friendship through the years and he will be greatly missed.

  3. Heather Willekens on April 2, 2020 at 1:02 am

    Although our lives’ journeys have bid us apart, I am with you, you are with me, always in our hearts.

    Enjoy the journey..

  4. Bird on April 3, 2020 at 11:35 pm

    Dad was an amazing man that had so much to offer to anyone he encountered. He taught me to always attempt to help the downtrodden, underdogs, and those that life seemed to deal a harsh hand to. He believed everyone had potential, and really wanted to work with them to see that their potential was realized. I am proud to express how much I have learned from him, and will continue his legacy to stand up for those less fortunate. It means a lot to read about the way he has touched lives. He was an extremely humble man, but he did touch a lot of lives. I miss you Dad, but feel good knowing you are watching over us all. I will see you again when my time comes Dad—I feel like you will be waiting for me ❤️

  5. Brianne Glon on April 4, 2020 at 11:23 am

    I am sorry for your loss but hope you all are comforted knowing he is free from pain. I will always remember and cherish our Wednesday night dinners at the Nuggett when Bridget, Gary and I all lived in Niles. I pray for all of his friends and family during this difficult time and I wish for Gary to rest in Heaven. Love you guys!

  6. Jordan on April 4, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    Dearest Grandpa,

    Thank you for all the beautiful memories, laughs and cups of coffee. Thank you for all the random trivia facts I will have to find a chance to use and all the good book recommendations I have for the future. Thank you for being unapologetically yourself. I love you and know I will see you again one day. ❤️

    Lots of Love,

  7. Cate Musselman on April 5, 2020 at 6:13 pm

    I am commenting as a hospice nurse/ or Kindred..Gary was a character, always right on top of his game…great sense of humor. He was always warm and inviting and I really enjoyed the time I spent with him and his family.,.thankyou for the honor to care for him…may we all rest in peace…until we meet again…Cate RN

  8. Dawn Bell on April 7, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    Praying for Gary’s family as you move through this difficult time. Gary was a man with a big heart that would never turn away from someone that needed help. He loved his family and would always have a smile on his face when he was talking about them. Gary was determined to enjoy life and to beat all odds. No mountain was too big for him to climb. Rest in peace Gary. You touched my life in many ways and reached out to lend a helping hand.

  9. April J Lott on April 14, 2020 at 6:32 pm

    I met Gary in 2004 at the University of Notre Dame he was my favorite supervisor, he was a very understanding person. Gary came to me one day, and told me as I was cleaning one of the chapel in one of the dorms he said: How is it going kid? I told him good. How are you? His said always good kid. What I remember about Gary that stuck with me still till this day he told me in our last conversation his words was: Kid never change who you are, and always remember who you are, only if he knew how them words keeped me motivated..:(
    Rest in Gods Loving arms…
    From: April Lott

  10. Terry Udstuen on May 2, 2020 at 11:07 am

    To the family of Gary my condolences. I just found out about his passing this past week. I worked Gary for almost 15 years. We became friends quickly and would meet for breakfast almost everyday. Most remembrances with Gary involved talking about politics, past Army stories, and work situations. The political discussions came as we both had similar beliefs but we did not fully agree on everything. He was the only person I ever discussed politics with as I never liked doing so because some people have to always be right. The discussions at times would become heated but never stopped us coming back the next day and go another few rounds. He was a good man that earned the respect of many. He will be in my thoughts and prayers as will the family.

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