Obituary: Gary Keegstra, 72, of Walhalla. 

December 28, 2021

Obituary: Gary Keegstra, 72, of Walhalla. 

Gary Lance Keegstra, 72, of Walhalla, passed away on December 22, 2021. 

Gary was born on October 12, 1949, in Grand Rapids to Harold and Gertrude (Kohvakka) Keegstra.  He graduated from Ludington High School with the class of 1968 and proudly went on to serve his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War from 1969 through 1972. During his time in the military, he received a National Defense Service Medal, a Vietnam Service Medal with two stars, and a Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device 60.  He was also self-employed as a machinist. 

Gary was a master craftsman at all his endeavors. He enjoyed woodworking, and spending time appreciating nature while walking his property. He looked forward to his frequent visits from his family and friends, especially Jim and “Bud”, Fritz and Dick. To see him you may think Grizzly Adams, but to know him you saw a heart of gold. He will be greatly missed. 

Gary is survived by his brothers, Brian (Olga) Keegstra of Brooksville, Maine, Bruce (Mary) Keegstra of Walhalla, and Keith Keegstra also of Walhalla; nieces, Ophelia (Chris) Perkins of Rochester, NH, and Karen (Owen) Mohr of Midland, Mich.; nephew Scott (Sarah) Keegstra of Ludington; great-nieces and great-nephews Lilli, Caleb, Marissa, Joshua, Kadence, Charlie, Phoenix, and Ben; along with special friends Fritz, Dick, Jim, and Jerry. 

He was preceded in death by his parents Harold and Gertrude, and his brother Eric. 

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service is being planned for a later date. 

In lieu of flowers, a donation in Gary’s memory may be directed to the Ludington Salvation Army at 1101 South Madison Street, Ludington, MI 49431. 

Arrangements were entrusted to Oak Grove Funeral Home of Ludington.

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