Stroo Funeral Home, Inc. 
1095 68th St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508
Phone:  (616) 455-9280 
Fax: (616) 455-2035
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Michael A. Vos - Owner / Manager
 
 Robert K. Stroo - Owner / President 

 

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Gary Paul Dion "Bo" 

 

Visitation: Friday, January 29 from 5 - 7 pm at Stroo Funeral Home, 1095 68th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508
Service: Join live stream the memorial service on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 2 pm from Cornerstone Church's You Tube channel 
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVH5sXZLl-N8jzgFKKbkEjQ

Memorials: Mary Free Bed Foundation at www.maryfreebed.com/foundation: click DONATE NOW to be directed to the Wheelchair and Adaptive Sports; there you will find a drop-down menu to choose the Jr. Wheelchair Sports Camp


 

Our beloved husband, father, and brother, Gary Paul Dion "Bo", said "enough" the evening of January 19, 2021 after waging an epic battle against the complications of the coronavirus. Bo entered this world on September 16, 1956, to Willard and Mary Dion. Raised in a boisterous family with six siblings, he learned the value of hard work and dedication that would serve him throughout his life. After graduating from Western Michigan University in 1979, Bo perfected his craft of salesmanship first with the Kellogg Company, then Johnson and Johnson/Cordis, and lastly with Cardinal Health, selling medical devices. Bo had retired and was so looking forward to the rewards of that time of life with his one and only love, Nancy Davey ("Nannycakes" as Bo called her), with whom he formed a team when they married in 1981. Bradley (Lynsey) and Christopher completed their family. Bo devoted himself to all of them. supporting them in every endeavor, giving them a solid faith foundation, and being a role model of determination and commitment. Bo will be greatly missed by them and by his siblings, who so mourn the loss of their brother, Willard (Debbie), Mary Kay "Bola" (Terry), Jim "Ip" (Sue), Denise "NeeNee" (Tom), Dave (Lesa), Joni (Rob); in-laws who considered him their brother, Bill (Cindy) Davey, and Doug (Karen) Davey, as well as many loving nieces, nephews, and extended families. Bo was involved in various volunteer activities, most notably his work with the Mary Free Bed Junior Wheelchair Sports Camp. He carved out time each summer to not only support his son, Brad, but to enable other young girls and boys living with physical disabilities to have a chance to learn to play a sport and to just have fun; discovering that they, too, can accomplish anything they are willing to try. He, Brad, Lynsey, and Chris have continued volunteering yearly to support this wonderful program. A visitation will be held on Friday, January 29, 2021 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Stroo Funeral Home, 1095 68th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508. All covid safety precautions will be required. Bo was a faithful member of Cornerstone Church, and that is where his immediate family will give him permission to join his parents in Heaven, and wait for us. He lived an exemplary life; everyone who met Bo loved his engaging personality, his disarming smile, his wit and humor, and his ability to fill a room with energy. You are invited to join the livestream of this memorial service on January 30, at 2:00 pm by visiting Cornerstone Church's You Tube channel:

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVH5sXZLI-N8jzgFKKbkEjQ

or find Cornerstone Church 84th St. Campus on youtube.com.

We are heartbroken, but we will continue on as he would wish. Bo loved a good party! We plan to have one to celebrate his  memory at a time when we can safely mingle and share that love of life he demonstrated so exuberantly. If you would like to honor Bo's memory with a donation, please consider the Mary Free Bed Foundation at www.maryfreebed.com/foundation: click DONATE NOW to be directed to the Wheelchair and Adaptive Sports; there you will find a drop-down menu to choose the Jr. Wheelchair Sports Camp. The family thanks the angels at Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital who worked valiantly and fearlessly to try to help Bo overcome the virus's attack, and Bo's nephew, Matt Davey MD, who lovingly guided Nancy and his cousins in understanding the actions taken. You can also thank them, both by staying safe and by getting your vaccines as soon as possible. "Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth and danced the skies on laughter..." (J Magee)

STROO FUNERAL HOME
1095 68TH ST SE
GRAND RAPIDS, MI 49508 

Comments  

# Mary Walsh 2021-01-30 20:10
This is a difficult loss, there are no words to express my deepest sympathy. Bo trained me at Cordis back in 1988 he was a remarkable guy. I will always look back on those years knowing Bo with fond memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this heartbreaking time.
# Anne Vanker 2021-01-30 03:55
Bo, was one of the most thoughtful, caring and generous and loving man I have ever known. His life was dedicated to family and to bringing joy to others. Bo taught me so much during our years at Cordis and I
cherish the memories. My heart aches for all of us who who will miss your wonderful attitude towards life, always embracing the good and the difficult with love and courage. It was a blessing and gift to have known to have know. Bo. Until we meet again my friend...Rest In Peace.
# Bruce Cooper 2021-01-27 07:36
Godspeed, Bo. We bless you on your way.
# Rob Clemens 2021-01-27 01:50
I met & worked with Bo over 30 years ago; we had many laughs together. My favorite memory will always be the day we spent together making a training video for Cordis Corp. “ Good Rep / Bad Rep “ Some of you may have seen it. It was literally 7 hours of belly laughing. Of course he was the Good Rep.
I am quite sure you all will agree with me that
THE WORLD WAS A BETTER PLACE WITH
BO DION IN IT
# Tom Gray 2021-01-27 00:03
I didn’t know him well but you couldn’t help but love the guy. He seemed to have a perpetual smile on his face. I can’t believe he’s gone so early but his positive attitude will always be remembered.
# Ron Metro 2021-01-26 20:51
Very, very saddened to learn of Gary's passing. I developed a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for Gary during our work experience together in the 80's. He also taught me many things about life by his own example that I'm sure he never realized but indeed were very impactful to me.
With Deepest Sympathy,
Ron M.
# Tammy Leitsinger 2021-01-26 15:09
You will be deeply missed, my dear friend. You were an incredible light throughout my career at Cordis and the world is a little less beautiful without you in it. Look forward to seeing you again someday.

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