McNett, Gale

Written by David Green.

Gale Edward McNett, 73, of Munson, Mich., died May 7, 2011, at Lynwood Manor in Adrian, Mich.

He was born April 13, 1938, in Clayton, Mich., the son of Robert and Gladis Mart (Shadbolt) McNett. Gale married Phyllis Jean Richardson on March 1, 1959, in Clayton. She preceded him in death Feb. 6, 2005.

Gale retired from Goodwill Industries where he was director of operations.

Surviving is one son, Randy (and Sonya) McNett of Morenci; three grandchildren, Dennis McNett of Waldron, Rusty Haskell of Pioneer, Ohio, and Stacy Haskell of Pittsford, Mich.; eight great-grandchildren, Zane Ridenour, Chyna Haskell, Levi McNett, Katie Rose, Travis Rose, Kelsey McNett, Onika Haskell and Joshua Brown; his mother, Gladis McNett; one brother, Kim Shadbolt of Colon, Mich.; two sisters, Wendy (and Dave) Lamant of Lafayette, Ind., and Patti Price of South Carolina; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his wife; father, Robert McNett; brother, Richard McNett; and sister, Judy Shadbolt.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, at the Brown-Van Hemert Funeral Home in Hudson, with Pastor Don Merillat officiating. Burial will take place in the North Dover Cemetery, Dover Township, Michigan. Visitation is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family.

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