Gary D. Sylvester

Bay City, Michigan


sylvestergaryphotoforobit807Gary D. Sylvester (Ompa), age 68, passed away February 6, 2017 at University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. He was born July 28, 1948, to Albert D. Sylvester and Wilma P. (Chamberlain) Sylvester. On July 13, 1968, he married his high school sweetheart, Sherry L. Seidenstucker. They have been blessed with three children: Catherine (Russett) Rothfuss, Gary Sylvester Jr., and Amy (Kevin) Kibbe along with their seven grandchildren: Caleb, Mackenzie and Emily Rothfuss, Megan, Camryn, Lola and Jessica Kibbe.

Gary served his country from 1967-1970 in the United States Army. After serving in the Army, Gary went to work at General Motors as an auto worker. He retired from Delphi in 2000.

In recent years, Gary and Sherry have enjoyed stamp collecting, and frequenting estate sales. They have also been active in the lives of their grandchildren, attending their sporting events, concerts, and other activities. He is a member at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church on Alp Street in Bay City.

Gary is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren, as well as his sister Donna. He was predeceased by his parents. Sherry and her family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at both McLaren Bay Region and U of M Hospitals. A special thanks to the Survival Flight crew as well as the nursing staff of the Critical Care Medical Unit in Ann Arbor for the extraordinary care they had shown Gary and his family. The Funeral Service will be held Friday, February 10, 2017 at 11:00 am at St. John Lutheran Church, 706 W. Jane Street, Bay City, 48706.  Rev. Paul E. Schaewe will officiate and private interment will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, under the auspices of the Bay County Veterans Council.  Friends may call at the Squires Funeral Home on Thursday from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. and at the church on Friday after 10:00 a.m.  Those planning and expression of sympathy are asked to consider family wishes. 


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  • Carl & Julie Meisner

    To the Sylvester Family,
    We worked with Gary many years ago at the GM Powertrain plant in Bay City. It was always fun to work next to him and he took great pride in everything he did there.

    Our deepest condolences to all of Gary’s family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Alicen Morse, Don & Annie

    You are in our thoughts and prayers. Always remember the Volkswagen turned sideways in the driveway when Gary was our paperboy. He will be missed.

  • Joe & Maureen Biskup

    Going to garage and estate sales won’t be the same without seeing Gary there. Maureen and I really enjoyed seeing and talking to him at the sales. We’re truly going to miss him. Gary and I go way back to the early 70′s when we worked at the Bay City chevy plant. He was a good friend. Sherry, you and the family are in our in our thoughts and prayers. Joe & Maureen Biskup

  • Jan Aalberg

    My deepest sympathy to all of your families. May the Lord give you comfort and peace knowing Gary is in heaven with the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Love to all.

  • Maribeth Allen

    Dear Sylvester family:

    My deepest sympathy to all of you as I read that your loved one, Gary has passed away.
    I worked with Gary alongside of him on the assembly line at Plant 6/SSG . Many great stories and memories shared over the years.
    May the strength of your faith sustain you during this most difficult time.

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