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Mr. Philip Alan Cary
  • First Presbyterian Youth
    1320 S. Lakeview Ave.
    Sturgis, MI 49091

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“On behalf of my parents: John, Ruth MacKeller and all of the MacKeller family. I want to say how very sorry we are for your loss. "Al" as we...Read More »
1 of 19 | Posted by: David MacKellar - Spring lake, MI

“Mr. Cary was such a kind and PATIENT Geometry teacher at Grand Haven Junior High. I still see that grin in my memories as he became exasperated, but...Read More »
2 of 19 | Posted by: Julie Hall Pekrul - Naples, FL

“Lois and familyAl was one of my fellow teachers who I had great respect. I have not seen him for years but I'm sad to see him leave this world but I...Read More »
3 of 19 | Posted by: Carroll Bennink - Grand Haven, MI

“Mr Cary...Great Math teacher - Great Baseball coach!A good man that will be missed !Thoughts and prayers to your family ”
4 of 19 | Posted by: Steve Thayer - Grand Haven, MI

“Thinking of you, Lois, with sincere condolences to you and your family. If I remember correctly, we were living in that big green cottage on the...Read More »
5 of 19 | Posted by: Ruth Kellogg Makin - Anaconda, MT

“My condolences go out to Alan's family. Even though I haven't seen Alan since leaving Bronson, I always looked upon him as a really good person....Read More »
6 of 19 | Posted by: Jerry Barrack - Emerald Hills, CA

“Lois and Familyso sorry to hear about All,s passing,he was a greatteacher and you both were great friends.God,s blessings to you and FamilyTerry and...Read More »
7 of 19 | Posted by: Terr @ Sylvia French - GrandHaven, MI

“Dear Lois Cary and family, Extending deepest sympathy in the loss of AL. When reading the obituary it brought back memories of strawberries and...Read More »
8 of 19 | Posted by: Marilyn Glueck - Grand Haven, MI

“So sorry to learn of Als' passing. We had a lot of good years together at the Grand Haven Jr. High School. Coaching baseball together and working...Read More »
9 of 19 | Posted by: Barry Huntington - Grand Haven, MI

“My dad, John Nortier, taught with Mr. Cary, and I remember many "spirited" discussions between the two of them. I also was an occasional babysitter...Read More »
10 of 19 | Posted by: Jane Nortier Riddle - MI

“I'm sorry for your loss. He is going to be missed. Alan was a good friend and I enjoyed him immensely. He was a very giving personality. He has left...Read More »
11 of 19 | Posted by: Robert & Carol Wright - Howe, IN

“Rest in Peace Mr. Cary. I had Mr. Cary for math in middle school, he also was my drivers training teacher. He really was a nice guy, he caught my...Read More »
12 of 19 | Posted by: JAN WOONACOTT AKEY - Zeeland, MI

“We knew each other in school. We graduated in 1957. Alan was always a very polite and friendly person. I left Bronson in 1967 and moved to...Read More »
13 of 19 | Posted by: Janet Woodruff (Nowicki) - AR

“Hi to Lois and to all the family, We are sorry to hear the passing of a fellow that Jean has know for years. Went to school with Alan in Bronson,...Read More »
14 of 19 | Posted by: Richard and Jean Graves - CA

“Dear Cary Family&Lois,I just looked at the Sturgis Journal tonight 6-7, and Alan's notice hit me hard(about 9:45mdt)...I am crying for All of the...Read More »
15 of 19 | Posted by: A friend

“I grew up with the Cary family out in the country (Bronson) and they were always special to me. I loved them all. Alan was always so gracious and...Read More »
16 of 19 | Posted by: Lila Williamson - Annapolis, MD

“I knew Alan from our 6th grade in Dutch Settlement School in the country. He will be greatly missed at our 60th class reunion. We were blessed to...Read More »
17 of 19 | Posted by: Janice Cripe - Baldwin, MI

“Not many friends have had an impact on my life like this man. I will always remember the conversations we've had, especially during the tough times...Read More »
18 of 19 | Posted by: Stoney Summey - Sturgis, MI

“The Hackman Family and the entire staff extend to you our most heartfelt sympathy. ”
19 of 19 | Posted by: Hackman Family Funeral Homes - MI


Philip Alan Cary, age 78, of Bronson, Michigan passed away late Tuesday morning June 6, 2017 at his home.
He was born November 21, 1938 in Sturgis, Michigan. He was the son of the late Phillip and Marian (Fennell) Cary.
Alan grew up in Bronson where the Cary families were known for raising gladiolas and delivering them to wholesale houses. During winter months, they would often relocate to Florida or Louisiana in order to raise and distribute gladiolas in the South.
Alan was a 1957 graduate of Bronson High School. He played basketball, football, baseball, and ran track. Following high school, he furthered his education at Michigan State University earning a Bachelor of Education. He would later earn a Master's Degree in Mathematics and Science from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. After his graduation from Michigan State University, Alan accepted a teaching position in the Grand Haven School district. He taught junior and senior high school mathematics from 1962 until his retirement in 1997. While in Grand Haven, he also coached basketball, baseball, and taught Drivers Education. After his retirement, he returned to Bronson, and for several years taught math as a part-time teacher in the Sturgis Public Schools.
On August 27, 1966, he married Lois Kathryn Garber in Spring Lake, Michigan. They met on a blind date arranged by their respective roommates. They were active members of Spring Lake Presbyterian Church.
Following retirement and relocation to Sturgis Michigan, Alan became an active member of First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis. He served as an Elder, a member of the Missions Board, Building and Grounds Board, and sang in the choir. Despite being retired, Alan never stopped being active. He enjoyed raising flowers and selling them at area farmer's markets. He enjoyed all sorts of adventures with his brothers-in-law Earl Hackett and Richard Wotta as well as his uncle, John Richard Cary. They would ice fish, hunt, garden, farm, golf, and fix just about anything. An avid outdoorsman he loved to travel with his family to Colorado, and had opportunities to visit England and Scandinavia. Alan loved children of all ages and always took the opportunity to teach them and bring a smile to their faces.
Alan is survived by Lois, his loving and dedicated wife of 50 years. He is also survived by his three children, Nancy Lynn Cary of Lansing Michigan, Susan Elizabeth (David) Hoffer of Franktown, Colorado, and Jonathan David (Jennie) Cary of Niceville, Florida. He has six grandchildren: Joshua, Jacob, Sarah, Isaiah, Samuel, and John Mark. Also surviving are his three siblings, Kathleen (Earl) Hackett of Howe, Indiana, Helen (Richard) Wotta of Bronson, Michigan, and Bryan (Anne) Cary of Monte Vista, Colorado. He was preceded in death by his parents Phillip Cary and Marian Cary, one sister Sharon and her husband, John Troyer.
In accordance with his wishes cremation has taken place. The family will receive friends from 10:00 – 11:00 A.M. Monday at the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis where a memorial service celebrating the life of Philip Alan Cary will begin at 11:00 A.M. Monday. The Rev. Michael Wicks will officiate. Private placement of the ashes will take place in the First Presbyterian Columbarium.
The Hackman Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI 49091, 269-651-2331 is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements.
The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mr. Cary's memory consider the First Presbyterian Youth, 1320 S. Lakeview Ave., Sturgis, MI 49091.
The obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhomes.com where personal messages of support may be left for the family.