SUTTONS BAY, Mich. -Gary A. Arvo, 78, of Suttons Bay, passed away Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at Tendercare in Leelanau.
Gary was born Oct. 1, 1934, in Houghton to Arnold and Marie (Rautio) Arvo.
On June 9, 1956, he married Mary Ann Pirhonen, who survives, at St. Henry Lutheran Church in Nisula.
With bachelor's and master's degrees from Northern Michigan University, Gary taught U.S. History and coached basketball and volleyball for 38 years at Adams Township Schools in Janesville, Wis., Public Schools and L'Anse Creuse Public Schools.
Gary combined his passion for photography and the Civil War, photographing almost all Civil War battlefields, using slides to illustrate sites to his U.S. History classes.
His enthusiasm for travel had him touring Europe with his grandchildren, different families at different times in different countries. Trips abroad with Mary Ann also included Japan and Egypt.
Summertime in Suttons Bay meant flower and veggie gardens and gardens in his home church, Bethlehem Lutheran.
Retirement in 1994 included membership in the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel. Gary served as the president of the Leelanau Chapter for ten years.
In addition to his wife of 56 years, Gary is survived by his children, Jennifer (Mark) Welsh, Roger (Kate) Arvo and Julie (Robert) Arvo MacKenzie; six grandchildren, Sarah (Brad) Olsen, Erik (Beth) Arvo, Jill Walsh, Lauren MacKenzie, Erica MacKenzie and Alex MacKenzie; sisters, Christine Koskey and Helen Ciucci; nieces and nephews, Joe (Laura) Ciucci, Mike (Lynn) Ciucci, Jodi Lishinski, Kim Reed, Lori (Rob) Witting; grandnieces, grandnephews, and a great-grandnephew.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 13 at 11 a.m. with a visitation one hour prior to the service at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Traverse City. The Rev. Paul Busekist will officiate.
Burial will be held at a later date in the Lutheran Cemetery in Suttons Bay.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Michigan Parkinson Foundation, 30400 Telegraph Road, Ste. 150, Bingham Farms, MI 48025; Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1050 Peninsula Drive, Traverse City, MI 49686-2799; or Hospice of Michigan, 900 E. Front St., Traverse City, MI 49686.
Arrangements are with Martinson Funeral Home in Suttons Bay.