Gary R. Tucholke, 59, of South Lyon, Michigan
Gary Richard Tucholke passed away Sunday, July 8, 2018 at University of Michigan Hospital, after nearly a year of struggle with surgeries and complications.
Gary was born in Monroe, Michigan, joining brother Bill and sisters Cheryl and Lynne as the youngest child of William and Lily Tucholke of Flat Rock. After attending Flat Rock High School, Washtenaw Community College and Eastern Michigan University, Gary became a Radio Shack store manager, fulfilling an early career dream for this electronics geek – and positioning him to meet the woman he had been waiting for, Michele Smith, also a new store manager, while they attended training at corporate headquarters in Texas. Gary and Michele were together since the moment they met, marrying a year later … the fall of 2018 would have been their 32nd anniversary. They settled into a couple’s life in Ann Arbor then Pinckney then South Lyon, raising fur babies Hannah, Mischief, Misty Morning and Duncan. Besides his pets, a great source of joy in Gary’s life was being the Fun Uncle to Tommy, Emily, Sarah, Eric, Nick and Jenny, brother-in-law to Rene and Bill and Jackie, and son-in-law to Linda and Om.
Gary’s career evolved to include mastery of several areas of Information Technology where he spent 20 years in computer support for banking and finance, followed by nearly 10 years in device support for the University of Michigan Health System, all in Ann Arbor. His love of electronics flowed to his hobbies; nicknamed “KidVid”, Gary delighted in everything audio/video in every format as technology changed over time … as well as fast cars, having owned four of his teenage dream car, the Ford Mustang. In recent years Gary took his home repair and improvement skills up a notch on the couple’s northern Michigan cabin, home base for excursions to Traverse City and the Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk.
He also enjoyed billiards, barbeque and bodybuilding, even when his life took a new direction as a medical patient struck with End Stage Renal Disease at age 36. After eight months of dialysis, Gary received a transplanted kidney whom he nurtured and deeply loved for an amazing 22 years. Gary was a model patient and an inspirational example of creating health and happiness despite an often grueling physical journey as he coped with additional issues until the final year of his life when the fight became too much.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents, his dear sister Cheryl and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Viewing and visitation will be held from 2:00pm to 8:00pm with memory sharing at 7:00pm on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at Keehn Funeral Home, 706 W. Main Street in Brighton, Michigan. Sign the online guest book at www.keehnfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to one of Gary’s favorite charities – the National Kidney Foundation, Active Faith Community Services in South Lyon, or Leader Dogs for the Blind.