Gary Neil Atteberry

Gary Neil Atteberry
Gary Neil Atteberry

Gary N. Atteberry of Hersey passed away Friday, August 10, 2012 at his home after a short illness with A.L.S.

He was born October 21, 1939 in Amarillo, TX to Kenneth Neil and Lucille LaVerne (Savage) Atteberry. He graduated from High School in Sunnyvale, California. He married Carmen Teesdale on January 24, 1965 in San Diego, CA. while serving in the Marine Corps.

Gary served with the U.S. Marine Corps for 10 years, including 13 months in Vietnam. He attended the U.S. Navy School of Music and was a member of the Marine Corps Band.

After his service in the Marines, he and Carmen moved to Hersey and he was a member of the Michigan National Guard for 12 years and attended Ferris State University. Gary served on the Reed City Police Department for 5 years, 2 of those as Chief, the Ferris State University Department of Public Safety for 29 years, retiring as assistant director, and after his retirement served part time with the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety for 7 years.

He was an Amateur Radio operator (WB8WIA) and member of the Big Rapids Area Amateur Radio Club, worked with Osceola County Emergency Management, and Hersey Fire Department.

Gary enjoyed hiking, biking, camping, traveling, target shooting, and being with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Carmen; 2 sons, Sean (Rhonda) of Paris and Jason (Katie) of Grand Rapids; 1 brother, Ronald Lynn (Shirley) Atteberry of Vail. AZ, Nine grandchildren, Jessica Atteberry, Rachel Burke, Emily Burke, K.C. Burke, Sara Atteberry, Dante’ Spicer, Dylan Atteberry, Connor Atteberry, and Chance Atteberry; and special friend Jens Rick.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Teresa LaVerne Eaton.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 14 at the Hersey United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Duane Costello officiating. Burial will take place later in Oakdale Cemetery, Hersey.

Visitation will be today (Monday, August 13) from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the McDowell Funeral Home.

The family requests memorials to the Michigan A.L.S. chapter or Hospice of Michigan.