IRON MOUNTAIN - Gary A. Loeks, of Breitung Township, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at the Oscar G. Johnson V.A. Medical Center in Iron Mountain.
He was born Sept. 12, 1942, in Missaukee County, Mich., son of the late William and Hilda (Sikkema) Loeks.
In May 1964, Gary enlisted in the United States Air Force, and he served until June 1968. While serving, he was stationed at Offutt AFB in Omaha, Neb., at SAC Headquarters, a high security base that controlled air strikes over Vietnam.
After being honorably discharged, Gary was employed at Michigan Bell Telephone Co. for 16 years. He then took the position of IT manager at Champion Inc. of Iron Mountain, and worked there until his retirement in 2007.
Gary and Rose (Floriano) were married in Iron Mountain on Sept. 1, 1978.
He was active in the Boy Scouts of America for several years as a scout leader and adviser to the Order of the Arrow. He always enjoyed hunting and fishing, and especially loved his camp, where he spent many years with his loving pet cat, Cammie.
Gary was an active member of the Kiwanis Ski Club, serving as secretary, and the Spread Eagle Golf Club, where he established many new and cherished friendships. Gary will surely be missed at his morning coffee at the Randville Bar where he spent hours with his camp buddies.
He is survived by his wife, Rose; four sons, Chad (Erin) Loeks, Marc (Stacey) Calcaterra, Michael Calcaterra, and Daniel Loeks; five grandchildren, Ashten, Masen and Piper Loeks, and Sydney and Michael Calcaterra; two brothers, Henry and Roger Loeks; one sister, Mildred Jenema; two brothers-in-law, Mike (Debbie) and Joe (Marilu) Floriano; two sisters-in-law, Joann (Charlie) Novara and Becky (John) Spera; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Gary was preceded in death by two brothers, Harvey and Harold Loeks; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Buck and Duddie Floriano.
He was also preceded in death earlier this year by his beloved cat, Cammie.
In accordance with Gary's wishes, private funeral services were held.
The family requests that memorials in Gary's memory be sent to the Almost Home Animal Shelter.
You may light a candle in remembrance of Gary, or leave a condolence for his family online at www.jacobsfuneralhomes.com
The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron Mountain to honor Gary's legacy of life.