Gary Gene Derby, 73, of Morenci, Mich., died June 20, 2020, at St. Vincent's Hospital.
Gary was born Sept. 8, 1946, in Seneca Township, Mich., to Henry F. and Phyllis J. (Tuttle) Derby. He married Stacey R. Wood on April 16, 1965, at Seneca Church and she survives
Gary worked for Iron Workers Local 55 as a journeyman, retiring in 1998. Gary will be remembered as the protector of his family, especially his beloved wife of 55 years, and his dog, Josie. He enjoyed being outdoors, taking trips to his cabin, and working on the farm, as you could always find him on one of his John Deere tractors.
In addition to his wife, Gary is survived by his two children, Brent (and Tina) Derby and Erica (and Scott) Metcalf; two grandchildren, Brittany and Courtney; two great-grandchildren, Emma and Bryson; and two sisters, Malinda and Sandy.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation is planned Wednesday, June 24, from 11 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 1 p.m. at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci, with Rev. William Van Valkenburg officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Morenci.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Lenawee County Horse and Pony Board.