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Gary Lee Hessler, went to the “Big Block S” in the sky at 8:30am on April 2, 2022. Mr. Hessler “Coach” “Hess” was many things to many people, but most of all, he was LOVED. Gary was a teacher, coach, husband, partner, father, brother, son, friend, and State fan without equal. He brought kindness, respect, honesty, and positivity everywhere he went. His greatest passions were MSU football and basketball.

Mr. Hessler worked at his dream job of teaching for 37 years in the district of Northview, and had a massive impact on countless lives over those years. Hess loved the beautiful state of Michigan, especially near the Grand Traverse Bay and Lake Michigan. His genuine friendliness and upbeat attitude made him a hit wherever he went, and brought him many life-long friends along the way.

Gary leaves behind his beloved wife, Susie Gordon-Hessler;  his mother, Joyce Hessler; his children, Andrew (Marin) Hessler, Chelsea (Rick) Woudstra; step-children, Matthew (Sarah) Gordon, Jen (Joey) Perosky; his brother, David (Carol) Hessler; nephews, Alex and Connor; and his dearest grandchildren, Melody, Emma, Claire, Kendall, Annabelle, Silas, and Eloise; as well as numerous treasured friends. His final days were spent in the comfort of his own home, surrounded by many close friends and his family.

Gary was preceded in death by his late wife, Sandra Ruth (Vantol) Hessler; his father, Russell Hessler;  along with several other cherished friends and extended family.

A celebration of life will be held at 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at City Church,  3233 10 Mile Road N.E., Rockford, Michigan 49341.

If you feel called to make a financial contribution in Gary’s name, in lieu of flowers, we suggest either donating to your favorite college sports team, or starting an education fund for your children or grandchildren. Education, athletics, family, and conscious charity and generosity were of great importance to Gary.

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 Christiansen’s Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville, (616) 754-5638.


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  1. Greg Hessler on April 12, 2022 at 5:32 pm

    So sorry to hear about the loss of my cousin Gary, my dad Doug thought so much of him. Praying for his wife Susie, Aunt Joyce, David, Andrew. Chelsea, and the family members he left behind so early. God Bless You !

  2. Linda Parker on April 13, 2022 at 1:08 pm

    I am so sorry that I could not attend the celebration of life for Gary; there is certainly a lot to celebrate. I had the privilege of working with him in his classroom at Crossroads. He was an amazing teacher who made it a point to connect with the students. He had a wonderful way of incorporating stories into his lessons that kept the students attention, and he had a wonderful way of helping students understand concepts that they had difficulty catching on to the first time around. His energy, and joy of life, and enjoyment of people was contagious. I will remember him as a warm and welcoming and talented man. My sympathy is with you today and in the coming days.

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