Rodney Ross Gregg passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, August 18th 2018 at Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. He was 75 years old.
Rod was born on May 22nd, 1943 in Charlotte, Michigan to Fredrick and Velva (Ross) Gregg. He graduated from Sunfield High School and served his country in the United States Navy, spending some of his enlisted time at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. Rod was an accomplished carpenter, a trait he no doubt received from his father. He could often be found tinkering in his woodshop or more recently, working on the home he was building in Woodland in which he planned to live with his wife, Deb, and his beloved pups. He was an unwavering supporter of the Detroit Lions and MSU Spartans and enjoyed NASCAR, especially traveling to races with dear friends. Also, an avid bowler, Rod owned the bowling alley in Lake Odessa for many years, where he racked up quite a number of perfect games. He had a quick sense of humor and was always ready to lend a hand when friends or family found themselves in need. He was a proud grandpa and loved to tell you about his grandchildren. Our hearts are broken, but we will find strength in each other...the family that he loved so dearly.
Rod was preceded in death by his parents, Velva (Ross) Gregg and Fredrick Gregg; mother and father-in-law Duane “Whitey” and Carol Enz; sister, Stella Fisher; brother-in-law, Tom Fisher; and nephews, James Enz and Paul Winkler. He is survived by his loving wife of 17 years, Deborah; his children, Richard and Tami Gregg, Robert and Christine Gregg, Randy and Carrie Gregg, and Calla Smith and Bob Vasquez; his grandchildren, Courtney, Conner, Tyler, Samantha, Devan, and Cameron Gregg and Makenzie and Lukas Vasquez; his sisters, Lorrena Siefert and Deb Winkler; brothers, Fredrick Gregg Jr. and Jeanette Boyer-Spitzley and Steve and Linda Bryden; brother and sister-in-law, Jon and Mitzi Krause; brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Sue Enz; many nieces and nephews and treasured friends.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 pm on Thursday August 23, 2018 at Sunfield United Brethren Church. Services honoring Rod’s life will be held at 11:00 am on Friday August 24, 2018, also at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Rod’s name to the charity of one’s choice. Please visit a special page for Rod to light a candle or leave a condolence for the family: www.RosierFuneralHome.com The family has entrusted the arrangements to the Independent Family Owned Funeral Home in Sunfield: Rosier Funeral Home.
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