Mike Gary, 92, of Port Charlotte died Thursday, Dec. 14 at Fawcett Memorial Hospital, Port Charlotte.
He was born August 10, 1925 in Barbour County, Alabama to the late W.I. ”Bud” and Lillie Ora (Creel) Gary. Mike was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, serving until the war’s end. When he returned home he married his high school sweetheart, the late Cherry Woolridge. He was a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in agricultural engineering. He worked for 18 years for Massey-Ferguson Tractor Co. and continued in the tractor business until 1971, when he became a motel owner.
He continued in the motel and restaurant business until he retired. Mike was a former member of the board of directors of Community Bank of Port Charlotte and Hocking College of Nelsonville, Ohio. Mike enjoyed his family, celebrating each birthday with gusto, and he maintained his independence to the end.
Mike and his wife, Gloria, were long-time social members of the Boca Grande Club, and prior to that were homeowners there, in Phase II.
Mike is survived by his loving family, his wife, Gloria L. Gary; two daughters, Cherry (Rick) Porter and Michaelene (Ted) Morgan; a step-daughter, Lysa (Joe) Spicer; a step-son, Mark (Pam) Schlundt; a sister, Peggy (Doug) Anderson of Austin, TX; 8 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.
An interment with military honors by a U.S. Army Honor Guard took place on December 20 at Sarasota National Cemetery.
Friends may visit online at www.robersonfh.com to extend condolences to the family. Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Home Port Charlotte Chapel.