COLUMBUS, Gary May 26, 1941 – Mar 27, 2021

TRAVERSE CITY [mdash] Gary Lee Columbus, 79, of Traverse City, passed away peacefully due to complications from dementia on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at Cherry Hill Haven.
Gary was born May 26, 1941, in Dearborn to the late Leonard M. and Evelyn M. (Norman) Columbus.
He married Marjorie "Margie" (Budnik) Cottom on Dec. 31, 1991.
Following graduation from Dearborn High School, Gary attended Ferris State University and received a bachelor's degree in business.
He honorably served in the United States Army Reserves from 1966 to 1972 and in 1967 moved to Traverse City for a position at Milliken's Department Store as a comptroller.
Later he worked in real estate sales and development and spent most of his career in insurance sales; in 2009 he retired from Hub International.
Gary loved to work and being with his work colleagues and clients and was always interested in helping others.
He was a deeply loving husband and dad and made many life-long friendships over the years; his friends meant the world to him.
Gary was very involved in the Traverse City community and served on several boards; he was a volunteer at SCORE and at Munson Medical Center. He was a devoted Rotarian since 1967 and from 1990 to 1991 was the Traverse City Rotary president.
In his spare time, Gary and his wife, Margie, loved to travel and were lucky to visit many beautiful places. Gary loved Florida particularly Siesta Key, Marco Island and Naples and relaxed by walking the beach and reading by the pool.
He also loved lawn work, sailing, cards, especially gin and cribbage; grilling, trout and deer camp and his poker group.
He truly was a people person and had a quick and funny sense of humor; he loved to laugh.
Gary had a passion for life and the people in it. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him, especially his family and friends.
Gary is survived by his wife, Margie; children, Jennifer (Deron Beal) Columbus, of Tucson, Arizona, and David (Grant Davis) Columbus, of Portland, Oregon; stepson, James (Devin) Cottom, of Sarasota, Florida; grandchildren, Rowan and Renley; brother, Leonard (Susan) Columbus; sister, Barbara (Columbus) Haynes; brother-in-law, David (Sharon) Budnik; and many nieces; nephews; cousins, and friends.
Gary is preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Nancy Columbus and his step-son, Mark Cottom.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at the First Congregational Church in Traverse City with visitation beginning at 1 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Northwestern Michigan College, Grand Traverse Pavilions, Hospice of Michigan and/or Cherry Hill Haven.
The family would like to thank the kind and loving staff at Cherry Hill Haven for their love and support during the last few months.
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