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Gary Roger Chase, age 80, of Kent City, Michigan, passed away on Sunday, November 21, 2021.  He was born August 15, 1941, in Kent City, to the late Robert and Helen (Robinson) Chase.  Gary spent most of his working years in the sawmill business.  He married Beulah Rose (Wert) Wendel on December 11, 2002, in Rockford, MI.

Gary loved gardening, and his dog Charlie, but the true love of his life was his wife Beulah.

Survivors include his wife, Beulah; step-daughter Connie (Pete) Tossava; step-sons, John (Cande) Wendel and Kevin (Elizabeth) Vonlinsowe; and several grand-children and great-grand-children.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents; step-daughters, Ella Ulrich and Julie Bohley; and brother, Wayne Chase.

Per his wishes cremation has taken place and a Zoom memorial service is planned for Saturday, December 4, 2021, at 1:00 P.M. Please contact John (Cande) Wendel or Connie (Pete) Tossava for information on how to attend.

The family would like to extend a thank you to the staff of Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital for their wonderful care.

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.


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  1. Janet Montgomery on November 30, 2021 at 1:10 pm

    Glen let me know of Garys passing. I’m so sorry to hear that. Gary was a great guy that loved his wife dearly. Every time I saw him, I always got an update on you and of course it would take a while because Gary inherited the Chase gift of gab. I always got a kick out of seeing the sparkle in his eyes and the smile on his face when he talked about you.

    I’m glad that we had that Chase luncheon so Gary and Glen could get reacquainted with family. From the photos that were taken, everyone had a good time. I wish that we all would have reconnected earlier.

    Please know that Gary will be remembered and missed by all of us.

    Heartfelt sympathy and prayers to you and your family.

    Cousin Janet Presler Montgomery

  2. Glen Mackie on December 2, 2021 at 11:58 pm

    Beulah, Cousin Janet covered everything I would have said about Gary, and his impact on everyone who had the good fortune of knowing him. And you, Beulah, were the key in my five-year ancestral search in finding my Chase family. And Gary really enjoyed filling me in about the family. I always looked forward each year to seeing both of you. Breakfast at the Red Rock Grille with Gary was always a great start to my visit. Thanks to Janet, Gary and I both loved finding out there were many other Chase cousins and older relatives in the area to visit. Gary would talk about it for days. Gary will be missed and fondly remembered for his life and love of you. My family’s thoughts and prayers are for you and your family.

    Cousin Glen (Chase) Mackie, Omaha, Nebraska

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