Gary Wayne Southard, 64, passed away July 10, 2019

Gary Wayne Southard, 64, of Grand Rapids, passed away, Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, July 17 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Private burial will follow at Lakeside Cemetery in Decatur. Friends may visit with the family from 1:00 until 2:00 P.M. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial donations in Gary’s name may be made to Blessing of the Bikes-Baldwin, MI. Those wishing to sign Gary’s Memory Book online may do so at

Gary was born March 25, 1955 in Bremerton, Washington to Willis Gene “Sonny” & Willie Sue Southard. He worked construction jobs for the majority of his career. Gary had a life-long passion for motorcycles. He owned many throughout his life including Kawasaki’s, Triumph’s, BSA’s, Honda’s, Suzuki’s and even a Harley in his later years. Gary was a member of the Southwestern Michigan Wings Motorcycle Club. He was a free spirit with an interesting sense of humor, who made friends easily, could find good in anyone and was always willing to help those in need. Gary was a huge movie enthusiast and had a great interest in memorabilia from the Renaissance Era. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Gary is survived by his son Jacob (Shelby) Southard of Decatur, MI; his sister Cheryl Ann Southard of Grand Rapids; his companion of eight years Julie York of Grand Rapids; his aunt Kathy (Bruce) Jackson and his uncle Larry (Judy) Southard, both of Bangor; aunt Mildred (Gerald) LaFerney and aunt Peggie Hicks, both of Ft. Mead, FL; and his niece Monica Vogelar of Grand Rapids. He was preceded in death by his parents; and uncle Darrell and aunt Carol Southard. 

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