Age 69, of Grand Blanc, passed away on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, at his home. Mass of Christian Burial will take place 10:30 am, Tuesday, August 29, 2017, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Grand Blanc. Monsignor Jerry Vincke will officiate will burial to follow in Evergreen Cemetery. The family will be present at the Martin Funeral, Cremation & Tribute Service of Grand Blanc on Monday from 3:00 pm until 8:00 pm. On Monday evening, family, friends, and parish will gather at the funeral home to Pray the Rosary at 7:00 pm. Tuesday morning, Greg will be taken to the church to lie in state from 10:00 am until the time of Funeral Mass at 10:30 am. Those desiring may direct memorial contributions to Holy Family Athletic Boosters, Reverence Hospice or the Alzheimer’s Association. Envelopes are available at the funeral home and church.
Greg was born November 11, 1947, in Flint, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. and Helen Jeanette (Johnson) McVannel. Educated locally, he graduated from Grand Blanc High School with the Class of 1965. As a young man, he would meet, fall in love with and be united in marriage to Christine LePard on June 12, 1971, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Grand Blanc. Greg heeded the call of his country and joined the US Army, stationed in Germany. Upon his honorable discharge, his career path would lead him to the automotive industry, where he worked as a toolmaker at Delphi for 40 years, before retiring. Growing up going to Sage Lake fostered Greg’s love of the outdoors and being on the water. Throughout his life, he loved sailing, fishing, water skiing, snowshoeing and never missed any of the kids sporting events. Has known to be a man that was never lost and a hard worker who loved his family, especially his grandchildren, dearly. He will truly be missed.
Left to cherish his memory are, his wife of 46 years, Christine, four children, Mericlare and husband, Ryan Letter, Bethany McVannel, Peter and wife, Jenny McVannel, Nicholas and wife, Janet McVannel, and five grandchildren, Gregory McVannel, Frances and Ruby McVannel, and Jacob and Bryan McVannel, brothers and sisters, Patti and husband Michael Baadke of Sidney, Ohio, Carol and husband, Dr. John James of Phoenix, Arizona and Jeff McVannel and Lisa of Port Orford, Oregon, and dogs, Miki, Lulu and Tootsie, and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Greg was preceded in death by his parents and infant sister, Louise.
The family would like to extend a heart felt thanks to the nurses and staff at Reverence Hospice and the Spiritual Care Department at Genesys for the care, compassion, and support shown to them and Greg.