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Gary Wayne Dunlap

October 20, 1963 ~ February 6, 2024 (age 60) 60 Years Old
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Gary Dunlap Life Story

Mr. Gary Wayne Dunlap, 60, of Elkhart, passed away peacefully following a brief illness on Tuesday, February 6, 2024 at 12:20 am at Goshen General Hospital in Goshen.

He was born on October 20, 1963 in Frankfurt, Germany to the late Delbert and Frieda “Ruth” Dunlap while his dad was stationed there serving in the Military. He is survived by his wife Nicole K. Kline, truly the love of his life, whom he met in April of 2018.

Gary is also survived by his daughter Kiley R. (Steve) Dunlap-Dill of St. Joseph, Michigan; brothers Robert E. (Shirley) Dunlap of Port Orange, Florida, Michael E. Dunlap of Baltimore, Maryland, Jerry L. Dunlap of Pennsylvania, and Robin Dunlap of Jacksonville, Florida; sisters Diana D. Dunlap of Abington, Maryland and Marilin A. Meller and Ramona R. Daughton, both of Bel Air, Maryland; his granddaughter Nikkita M. Marusek of St. Joseph, and a very large host of loving nieces, nephews, extended family, in-laws, out-laws, biker friends and one very despondent tabby cat named Leo who could not be reached for comment. He and Gary had been inseperatible. Additionally, Gary is preceded in death by his loving step-father Johnny Collins, who raised Gary after his natural father passed at a young age.

In accordance with Gary’s lifelong wishes, he wanted only a simple cremation with a chance for family and friends to gather at his home to celebrate his life sometime in the near future. Billings Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Elkhart have been assisting the family with the arrangements.   

Gary worked at Gast Manufacturing, Inc. in Benton Harbor, Michigan as a senior production designer, and had been employed there for over 30 years.

An avid motorcycle enthusiast, Gary enjoyed catching his Zen by jumping onto his maroon trike and taking to the open road, with his sweetheart Niki’s arms wrapped around him. Gary also liked to help others by participating in sponsored motorcycle runs for charitable and patriotic causes and events.

Gregarious, joyful and fun-living, Gary lived every day he had to the fullest; all the while keeping everyone smiling and laughing at his quick wit and sense of humor. In fact, a close friend once admitted that his love for Gary stemmed from the fact that “he always made me laugh”. Interestingly, it seemed that Gary was never a big fan of attracting attention to himself but despite everything his personality was larger than life and it won him many friends and acquaintances. He was a very social being and loved to be in the company of friends and those he loved.

Gary was also a huge sports fanatic, with football, basketball and golf being among his most viewed activities. He was a devout Detroit Lions fan (and for those asking, no, he was NOT happy…) and was also a diehard University of Michigan Wolverine fan. He had been looking forward to getting a dose of “bracket fever” during March Madness this year, and always enjoyed attending any game or sporting event that he could.

Finally, it should be mentioned that Gary will always be remembered for his kind, loving and generous heart.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Hidden Acres Animal Rescue and Safe Haven, 50582 Pleasant Street, Dowagiac, Michigan, 49047.

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