Arthur Harold Gainer

Alabaster Township, Michigan
June 30, 1931 - December 10, 2019

Visitations

His family will welcome friends at the Buresh Funeral Home in Tawas City on Friday for visitation from 2:00 to 4:00 and 5:00 to 8:00 PM. He will be honored Friday evening with a Masonic Service at 7:00 PM at the funeral home.

Service Location

Grace Evanelical Lutheran Church ~ East Tawas

Services

A funeral is scheduled for Art at the Grace Lutheran Church in East Tawas with Pastor Matt Carpenter officiating on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 1:00 PM. Military honors will take place for Art at the church following the funeral ceremony. His family will also welcome friends at church on Saturday from 12:00 PM until the time of the funeral ceremony for a time of visitation.

Obituary Notice

Arthur "Art" Harold Gainer, of Alabaster Township, passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 under the loving care of his family and hospice, age 88. Art was born in Garden City on June 30, 1931 to Ted and Emma (Wolff) Gainer. After his high school graduation, Art enlisted in the United States Air Force and proudly served our country from 1949 to 1952. Art worked mostly as a Radio Operator/Mechanic in the military. Upon his honorable discharge from the Air Force, he went to work for Ford Automotive Company starting his career at the River Rouge Frame Plant. He remained at the plant until advancing his position to Superintendent, and Art was transferred to the Axle Plant in Sterling Heights. In 1988, after 35 years with Ford Automotive Company, Art stepped away from the busy work life and decided to enjoy his hard-earned retirement years! Art was an outdoor enthusiast and was an advocate for wildlife game management. He loved hunting and fishing and practically anything to do out in nature. Art will always be remembered for his wittiness and hilarious sense of humor. He was incredibly active in the Tawas Area community. A long-time member of several local groups, the Tawas Elks #2525, Tawas Masonic Lodge, Elf Khurafeh Shriner's, the 2002 Perchville King, and a member of Grace Lutheran Church. Art was elected and served as the Alabaster Township Supervisor for a term; and passionately worked along with Michigan State Police on DARE/Crime Stoppers programs in East Tawas. Art married his wife and best friend, Evelyn C. (Wittman) Gainer on March 6, 1953 in Garden City. The couple celebrated 55 beautiful years of marriage until Evelyn's passing in 2009. Along with his wife, Art is also preceded in death by a son, Arthur "Skip" Gainer; a daughter, Karen Gainer; his parents; 6 brothers and 1 sister, Bob, Herman, Ted, Don, Ida, David and Carl. Art is survived by his children, William Gainer of Imlay City; Doug (Karen) of Dedford; Margaret Gainer of Detroit; Martin Gainer of Alabaster Township; Mitchell (Shelley) Gainer of Cadillac; and Joshua Gainer of Pontiac; 7 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; several sisters and brothers in law; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends. His family will welcome friends at the Buresh Funeral Home in Tawas City on Friday for visitation from 2:00 to 4:00 and 5:00 to 8:00 PM. He will be honored Friday evening with a Masonic Service at 7:00 PM at the funeral home. A funeral is scheduled for Art at the Grace Lutheran Church in East Tawas with Pastor Matt Carpenter officiating on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 1:00 PM. Military honors will take place for Art at the church following the funeral ceremony. His family will also welcome friends at church on Saturday from 12:00 PM until the time of the funeral ceremony for a time of visitation. Art will be laid to rest in the Alabaster Township Cemetery. Those wishing to make a contribution in Art’s honor may offer a memorial donation to either the Breast Cancer Awareness or the DARE/Crime Stoppers programs. An online guest registry is available to leave a message of condolence at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.

Memorials

Those wishing to make a contribution in Art’s honor may offer a memorial donation to either the Breast Cancer Awareness or the DARE/Crime Stoppers programs.

Cemetery

Alabaster Township Cemetery

Condolences

Art (Old Man) will be dearly missed. He became a "adopted dad" to me. A great man who could always make me laugh and smile. A little rough around the edges just added to his amazing appeal. I will think of him everyday for the rest of my days.
— Angela Reeder-Arquette
Our deepest sympathies to you all in this time of sorrow.
Coco and family
— Coco
Art, was true friend, had a lot of story to tell. Especially working at Fords, Running the Tanks off the Assembly Line, now the Ford's Livonia Transmission Plant.
Our Prayers are sent to Family from Texas.
— Dale and Lue Verran
Art may you rest in peace my friend, your "words of wisdom" will be missed. I pray that the Good Lord is holding you and your family close.
— Ralph Boudreau

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