Gary Allen Dagenais

ESCANABA – Gary Allen Dagenais, 41, of Escanaba, passed away Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at St. Francis Hospital. He was born April 13, 1971, to Gary Dagenais and Lois (McIntyre) Dagenais Yirsa.

Gary graduated from Gladstone High School in 1989, and received a bachelor of administration in finance from Western Michigan University in 1994.

Gary had many special friends, including David Hansen and Dan Bovin. Gary had a love of animals, and adored his beautiful white German shepherd, Foster.

Gary was the father of two extraordinary, talented children, Spencer and Justin, whom brought great joy to Gary’s life.

Gary is survived by Spencer and Justin; parents, Gary Dagenais and Lois Yirsa; sisters, Terri (Dagenais) Rodgers, Carrie Yirsa and Ann Nieciak; grandmother, Irene Yirsa; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Gary was preceded in death by his stepfather, James Yirsa, whom Gary considered to be his hero. In addition to James, Gary was preceded in death by his grandparents, Elmer and Phoebe Dagenais, Delmar and Cecilia McIntyre, John Yirsa; aunt, Marlene Dagenais; uncles, Wayne Dagenais and Dennis Wendt; and special cousin, David Koski.

Private memorial services will be held for the family of Gary.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the Delta Animal Shelter, to pay homage to Gary’s love and compassion for animals.

The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the family of Gary Dagenais.