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Millard Owen Gaylor

Millard Owen Gaylor of Kalamazoo, MI while surrounded by family passed away on Sunday, March 21, 2021 at the age of 88. He was born on July 4, 1932 in Battle Creek, MI the son of Owen and Gladys (Hodge) Gaylor. Mid grew up on a farm in Union City with his parents and 5 siblings. He graduated from Union City High School in 1950 before his family relocated to Hastings. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved camping, fishing, hunting. Being outdoors was his sanctuary. He proudly served in the United States Air Force and valiantly fought during the Korean War. He retired from General Motors. He was very active in the VFW prior to being diagnosed with dementia. He was a proud American. Mid was a loving and supportive family man. He married his wife Jane (Reitenour) in July 1973. He and Jane have a blended family with their 6 children Timothy (Deb) Gaylor of Hastings, Kimberly Scott of Bartlett Texas, Todd (Rene) Gaylor of Delton, Kristen (John) Luna of Georgetown Texas, Sherri Gaylor (Jeff Plunkett) of Kalamazoo and Lori (Paul) Stevens of Portage. He also has 11 grandchildren Shane Gaylor, Jeremy (Robyn) Luna, Sam (Amanda) Luna, Danielle (Isaac) Lavariega, Josh Scott, Morgan (Christopher) Slater, Becky Gaylor, Whitney Scott, Brooke Gaylor, Todd Luna and Tyler (Hannah) Stevens. Mid also has 12 great-grandchildren. Mid's memorial service will be held on Friday May 28, 2021 at the Red Arrow VFW Post 1527 next to the airport in Portage. Memorial service will begin at 11am, however the family welcomes guests from 11am - 1pm. Mid will be layed to rest in a private ceremony at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Battle Creek. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan. https://www.hospiceswmi.org/give/ While visiting Mid's tribute page please take a moment to light a candle or share a memory with the family. The Gaylor family is being assisted by Avink Funeral Home and Cremation Society, 129 S. Grand Street, Schoolcraft, MI 49087. 269-679-5622.

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mommaslatz30 Mar 24 2021 5:19 PM

I'm so sorry to hear if Mid's passing. I have Many memories of Mid, living next door the family on Deerfield. I remember going camping with all of you and getting stuck on the side of a hill(I thought it was a mountain) in the dark and Mid came and got me. He will be missed. Sending much love to your family during this difficult time. :heart:

Kathy Farnham Mar 23 2021 7:55 PM

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cassandra miller Mar 23 2021 9:50 AM

Jane and family, I am so saddened to hear of the loss of your beloved Mid. He was quite a guy. He was a character and always had tales to tell. Always enjoyed talking to him. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. RIP Mid. Gloria Mendham

Gloria Mendham Mar 22 2021 6:47 PM

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