Gary Allen McMall

Birth: April 16th, 1960
Death: February 8th, 2018
Age: 57 years
Residence:Saginaw Township, Michigan

Gary Allen McMall passed away at home on Thursday, February 8, 2018, after a long and heroic battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), at age 57. Gary was diagnosed in 2015, endured with faith and positivity and will be remembered for that strength and grace. In this difficult journey, Gary was cared for by his loving wife of 33 years, Beth Handley-McMall, along with his son, Alexander McMall and his wife, Madeleine, his daughter, Sara McClain and her husband, Matthew, and many other family members and friends. The family is grateful to Tomeka Edwards for her loving and selfless caregiving for Gary. The family would also like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Denise and Jane with Americans Hospice.  


Gary was born on April 16, 1960, in Saginaw, to Helen and Allen McMall, Sr. He was predeceased by his mother and father, and his brother, Allen McMall, Jr.  He married Beth Handley on October 6, 1984. He is survived by his two sisters, Susan (Bob) Brechtelsbauer and Denise (Brian) Klosterman. He was also survived by: his sisters-in law, Pat (Jim) Gabrielse, Alice (Steve) Early, Barb (Terry) Handley-Miller, brother-in law, Dan (Julie) Handley, sister-in law, Kathleen (Hank) Salemi, and many nieces, nephews, and Godchildren.


Gary was a graduate of Saginaw Valley State University. He worked for many years with Dale Carnegie Training, and retired from Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate in Saginaw. One of the highlights of his life was riding his bicycle cross-country from Virginia to the Oregon coast. When he returned, he proposed to Beth. He loved boating and waterskiing at their beloved family cabin on Wiggins Lake, snow skiing, and treasured his memories of his trip to Ireland with Beth, Alex, and Sara in 2015. Gary was well-loved by so many in the community. He served many years on the St. Mary’s Foundation Board, Junior Achievement Board, St. Stephen Parish Council, and volunteer activities at Nouvel Catholic Central.


FUNERAL: A Funeral Liturgy will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at St. Dominic Parish, St. Stephen Catholic Church, 1310 Malzahn. Rev. Fr. Robert Byrne and Rev. Fr. Steve Gavit will concelebrate. Rite of Committal will follow in St. Andrew Cemetery.


VISITATION: Friends are welcome to visit with the family at the Deisler Funeral Home, 2233 Hemmeter Rd. (off State) on Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A Vigil Service will take place at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening led by Pastoral Associate, Sharon Wahl. Gary will lie in state at the church on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Mass.


MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to a scholarship for a Nouvel Catholic Central graduate to attend Saginaw Valley State University c/o Elizabeth McMall. Please share your thoughts and memories with the family at the funeral home, church or through



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“So sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers going out to family and friends.”

Jamie(McMall) Schultz

“I am sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of getting to know Gary through Dale Carnegie when I worked at General Motors He was an inspiration. He and the family will be in my prayers. Beth Brenner LaRose ”

Beth Brenner LaRose

“I wasn't a bicycle nut when I first met Gary in about 1996, so I innocently asked him which bike was his favorite. Several minutes later, I understood that every bike in his shed was his favorite . It took a few more years before he infected me with the obsession about bicycles. Gary's passion was for whatever was the latest chapter with Alex and Sara and his laughter, that giggle, lit up the room when he came in the door. I am so tempted to give in to feeling the loss yet, I am also thinking what Beth told my Carnegie class in 1993,. We have to look for the gift inside of every tragic situation. The gift won't come find us. Dig for it, scratch and claw until we find it. Gary would want me to not give in to feelings of sorrow but instead to hear his voice, his laugh, his giggle and get on the bike and go ride. I hear ya Gary. I'll get this ride Thursday morning and I'll be feeling you "sitting on my wheel". ”

Dave Decker

“Beth & Family, Our Deepest regrets and sympathy on the passing of Gary. He was truly a Great and Enjoyable man to be around and we know he will be deeply missed by all he touched. With all our love: Connie and John”

John Paul Sivey

“Our deepest sympathy to Beth and her family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all. ”

Kip and Molly Sauer

“Knew Gary all the way back to high school, always had a kind word and a smile. My prayers go out to his family.”

Steven D. Socha


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