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Gary Lee Laurie

August 15, 1954 - September 03, 2020



On Thursday, September 3, 2020, Gary Lee Laurie, 66, loving husband, father of two and grandfather of three, passed away peacefully at his home with his family.

Gary was born August 15, 1954 at Selfridge Air Force Base in Mount Clemens, Michigan to Arthur Oliver and Dorothy Lucinda Laurie. He graduated from Boyne City High School in 1972 where he met the love of his life, Sherry Lynn Rose. They were married on October 25, 1975 and were blessed with 45 years together. He raised two sons, Aaron and Adam.

After high school, Gary worked construction before joining the Michigan State Police in 1986. He loved his service to the citizens of the State of Michigan and proudly served as a trooper in Bad Axe, Gladstone, and Cadillac until his retirement in 2011 after 25 years.

Gary was passionate about life and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was a powersports enthusiast and loved taking trips on his snowmobile, UTV and Can-Am Spyder. He was a member of the Michigan Snowmobile and ORV Association and a MIRA board member. Gary also spent time volunteering with Cadillac Winter Promotions. He was a dedicated sports fan, particularly of the Michigan Wolverines and Detroit Tigers. He was also an avid reader and had tireless energy for his grandchildren who were the light of his life.

He is survived by his wife, Sherry of Cadillac; sons, Aaron Laurie (Danielle Williams) of Cadillac and Adam (Melissa) Laurie of Grass Lake, Michigan; grandchildren Hayley, Hunter and Olivia; three brothers, Michael Laurie (Sharon Pittiglio) of Boyne City, Terry Laurie of Flushing, Ken (Pam) Laurie of Ohio and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents and sister-in-law, Kathy.

A private memorial service will be held at Peterson Funeral and Cremation Services in Cadillac with Pastor Steve Boven, also a retired trooper, officiating. Friends may meet the family Tuesday, September 8, 2020 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Munson Hospice Cadillac Chapter.

An online guestbook is available at

Guest Book

  • Joe & Nancy Cairnduff - Sep 4th, 2020 12:47 pm

    "Our prayers and love to Sherry and the boys. We miss him already. Rest In Peace my brother. Joe & Nancy. "

  • Mark Tamlyn - Sep 4th, 2020 3:25 pm

    "Sherry and family. I am so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed his laugh and smile. I will always remember the MSPTA quarterlys when you and Gary played cards with Lorne and Tammy. RIP my friend."

  • Clif Burritt - Sep 5th, 2020 3:47 am

    "Sherry and family, you are in my prayer. Gary was a special man and friend. He will be missed. God bless!"

  • Aaron Laurie - Sep 5th, 2020 5:15 am

    "Rest in peace Dad"

  • Jim and Deb Webb - Sep 5th, 2020 6:34 am

    "Thoughts and prayers to the whole family. "

  • Ruth Mahlan - Sep 5th, 2020 7:55 am

    "Sherry and family, I am so sorry to hear about Gary. I will remember him for his great sense of humor and infectious smile. Ruth"

  • Janet and Carl Murray - Sep 5th, 2020 8:16 am

    "So saddened to hear about Gary's passing. Sending hugs to you and your family. ♥️ "

  • Kevin Baker - Sep 5th, 2020 11:04 am

    "Thoughts and prayers to the Laurie Family. "

  • Scott Reinacher - Sep 5th, 2020 8:01 pm

    "Gary was always a joy to be around and enjoyed our conversations . Prayers for Sherry and family during this time. Rest In Peace my Brother in Blue."

  • Ray Boehringer - Sep 6th, 2020 5:47 am

    "Prayers and thoughts to Sherry and the Family. RIP Gary, you will be remembered, it was an honor to have been your friend in Bad Axe."

  • Helen Boehringer - Sep 6th, 2020 6:40 am

    "My sincere thoughts and prayers to Sherry and family!"

  • Tim and Karen Riegle - Sep 6th, 2020 8:24 am

    "I remember when Gary and Sherry came to Bad Axe. I worked with Gary and enjoyed every day of it. I regret not keeping in touch after Gary moved on. Aaron and Adam, your dad was a good guy. Sherry, we are sorry for your loss."

  • Nancy Itnyre (and Argus) - Sep 6th, 2020 9:43 am

    "My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Laurie family. Gary and Sherry are the best neighbors ever!"

  • Howard and Bev Meyering - Sep 6th, 2020 2:12 pm

    "Our prayers for comfort and peace to Sherry and family. bhd"

  • Laura Bush - Sep 6th, 2020 4:58 pm

    "Rest In Peace Gary..Iur thoughts & Prayers are with you all Sherry. Love You😘😘"

  • Terry Laurie - Sep 6th, 2020 5:01 pm

    "I couldn't ask for a better brother. So nice to reconnect these past few years. God bless you Gary. My thoughts and prayers are with Sherry and the boys."

  • Gary Raspor and Julie Raspor - Sep 7th, 2020 2:32 am

    "Sending big hugs to you Sherry and your family. We talk of you guys often and all the fun we had. We will miss Gary for sure.. Take Care!"

  • Gary Raspor and Julie Raspor - Sep 7th, 2020 2:34 am

    "Sending hugs to your Sherry and your family. We always had so much fun with you and think of you often. We will surely miss Gary. Take Care!!"

  • Jerry and Diane Leavell - Sep 7th, 2020 5:15 am

    "Prayers for support and comfort to the family during this time of loss and healing. Pain free, he is at peace. A good past neighbor and fellow police officer. You were well respected and loved by so many. "

  • Greg and Rene Tait - Sep 7th, 2020 1:21 pm

    "It was a shock to read of Gary's passing in the MSP retiree newsletter. This brought up a lot of memories of Bad Axe. Our thoughts are with you Sherry and your family."

  • Robert and Ann Olsen - Sep 7th, 2020 6:53 pm

    "Deepest sympathy and prayers Sherry, Aaron, Adam and families. Gary will be missed by all. Our love to all of you."

  • Richard Morford - Sep 8th, 2020 12:45 pm

    "My condolences to the whole family! There will be remembrances of playing with Gary & his brothers (all cousins) of mine. How time slips away! Love to you all!"

  • Dave DeForest - Sep 10th, 2020 1:33 pm

    "Fine Troop"

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