In Memory

Gary Korte - Class Of 1966

Gary L. Korte

Age 56, of Sylvania, Ohio passed away at home surrounded by his loving family under the care of Hospice on Tuesday, May 13, 2008. He was born in St. Clair Shores, Michigan on January 7, 1952 to William and Mary (Teats) Korte. As a high school football player, Gary received All- American honors and later married the love of his life, Jane Shields on December 28, 1974 in Grand Rapids, MI. Together they raised their two sons, Kyle and James where Gary enjoyed coaching the boys in hockey and baseball. Gary loved to fish and golf and was a University of Michigan fan. Spending time with family and friends was everything to him. Gary will be truly missed by his family; wife, Jane; sons, Kyle (Alison) of Sylvania and James of Columbus; father William E. (Jackie) grand daughters, Alexis and Grace; and brothers, William (Deborah), John (Pam), Timothy (Annette), and Terry (Barb). He is also survived by the Shields Family, the Dames Family, the Black Family and the Schulz Family. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary and grandparents, Leslie and Janet Korte. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio or the Alzheimer's Association. Condolences may be shared with the family at

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12/16/10 11:21 PM #1    

George Howell '66 (1966)

I went to grade school and high school with Gary, its so hard to believe he is gone ( just saw the post today 12-16-10 ).  I want to replay a story about Gary that typifies my experience with the big guy. Since we were freshmen in HS, it was a rite of passage to smack each other in the arm for whatever reason.  When Gary hit you it was double or triple what any other human being could do ( he didn't know he was just twice as big and three times as strong as anyone else ).  After four years of bruised arms from Gary, we had an assembly for a Bob Segar ( that's right the one you know ) concert in the gym at the end of the year. The gym was crowded and the only seats left were on the rolled up bleacher seats ( about 9' off the gym floor ).  My girlfriend and her cousin ( 250 pounds ) were trying to get into those bleachers and Gary was along side of us as we tried to push the cousin up that 9'.  It wasn't going to happen.  Gary was next to us and I grabbed him and said " Gary you owe me for all those bruises over the last four years, GIVE HER A BOOST UP THERE.  He gave me a death look but pushed her up by the butt as my girlfriend and I pulled from above. Gary whispered to me after he came up that he would  kill me if he ever saw me again. I'm so sorry I never saw him again. I've repeated that story many times and as I married that girlfriend, it became part of our family lore.

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