Gaertner, Dennis J.
Formerly of Midland, Michigan
Passed away Thursday January 7, 2016 at his home in Kalkaska, MI after a brief illness at the age of 58 years. Dennis was born March 20, 1957 in Saginaw, MI to the late James E. Hodges and Janet M. (Gaertner) Hodges. Dennis has lived in the Kalkaska, MI area for the last 15 years after living in Midland, MI previously. Dennis was a kind hearted person, who was soft spoken. He enjoyed the outdoors and loved hunting and fishing. Dennis loved his dog “Beaner” and spending time with family and friends. Dennis loved life and will be missed by his family and friends. Dennis is survived by his mother; Janet M. Hodges of Midland, his sister; Patricia (Douglas) Miller of Midland and his faithful companion; Beaner. Dennis is also survived by his cousin/”brother”; Chaz Moggo of Kalkaska and very close friends; Gerald Clark, Fabian Pluszczynski, Miranda Neihardt and Kennedy Neihardt and many other family and friends.
Funeral and committal services will be held 3:00 p.m. Saturday January 16, 2016 at the Cunningham/Taylor Funeral Home, Freeland. Rev. Robert G. Schmidt will officiate. Per Dennis’s wishes, cremation will follow. Friends may call at the Cunningham/Taylor Funeral Home, 310 E. Washington St., Freeland on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Kalkaska County Animal Shelter or the donor’s favorite charity.