Duane Gingerich, age 78, of East Tawas, Michigan, passed away Wednesday, December 13, 2023, at United Hospice Residence of Marlette. Duane Eugene Gingerich was born December 16, 1944, in Whittemore, MI. He is the son of the late Melvin and the late Susana (Neusel) Gingerich. Duane grew up in Arenac County, MI. He is a graduate of Arenac Eastern High School. He married Janis Marie Hintz on December 13, 1974, at Imlay City, Michigan.

He was employed as a machine operator, manufacturing turn buckles for aircraft carrier landing arresting cables, by Bay City Shovels in Au Gres, MI for 40 years before retiring in 2011.

You could always count on Duane watching sports, especially baseball and football, when you went to his house. He especially enjoyed watching University of Michigan football, the Detroit Lions, and the Detroit Tigers.

Duane was a coach for the Imlay City Little League and pulled chains (chain-gang/first down markers) for the Arenac Eastern High School football team. He loved his garden and planted one every year. Duane enjoyed playing euchre, fishing, camping, working on his cars with his boys, and going to the casino and would often say “The Indians were good to me today”. He was famous for his blueberry pancakes. Most of all, Duane loved to spend time with his family.

He is survived by his daughter, Pam (Roger) Wright of Brown City, MI; and his sons, Ronald Gingerich of Brown City, MI, Michael (Barbara) Gingerich of Brown City, MI, Donald (Michelle) Ostrum of North Branch, MI, William Ostrum of Tawas, MI, Jeremy Gingerich of Tawas, MI and Kevin Gingerich of Tawas, MI. He is also survived by14 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; many other grandchildren that he adopted along the way; and many nieces and nephews.

Duane was preceded in death by his wife, Janis Gingerich; parents, Melvin and Susana Gingerich; his grandson, Krystopher; and his brothers, Dan Gingerich and Dave Gingerich.

A Memorial is not planned at this time.

Arrangements for Duane’s cremation were entrusted to Muir Brothers Funeral Home, 225 N. Main Street, Imlay City.

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