Gary Lee Olsaver was born June 4, 1939, to Maurice and Vivian Olsaver of Ann Arbor, Michigan. The oldest of three, Gary was an avid lover of the outdoors, he spent his summers at Camp Manitou, on Douglas Lake, and he achieved the Order of the Arrow as a Boy Scout. Gary was a sailor, an ice skater, and a camper. He resided in Ann Arbor until moving to Adrian, Michigan, when he was a junior in high school. He graduated from Adrian College in 1963, becoming the Universities first Tau Kappa Epsilon President, during the fraternities’ initial charter in 1961. Gary joined the US Army Reserves in 1963, completed his basic training at Fort Knox, and was honorably discharged in 1969. He left Adrian for a job at J.L. Hudsons Department store, in Detroit, Michigan, where his talent as a buyer quickly took him from the sales floor on Woodward Ave to the high rises of New York City, in 1969. There he continued his career working for Medici, a men’s apparel, handbag and leather company based in Florence, Italy. It was in New York City that he met his wife of fifty years, Sandra Lynn Middleton. The two were married in 1971, in San Antonio, Texas. Gary went on to work in the fashion and clothing industry for more than 30 years, with many companies, including as a Vice President for Bugle Boy Industries and later Ocean Pacific. After he retired, he split his time between San Antonio, Texas, and the very North Shore of Douglas Lake that he had camped on when he was a boy. In either location, he loved his friends, the sunsets, breweries, and holding court on the deck, where he would trade stories until the sunrise. Gary was comfortable everywhere, from a black-tie event on Park Ave to a one table restaurant in Boquillas del Carmen. In both those places, he would have already made friends before the meal was served.
Gary leaves behind his wife of fifty years, Sandra Lynn Olsaver, and his two children, Melissa Olsaver Hopkins, Ross Everett Olsaver, two grandchildren, and his siblings, Richard Olsaver and Beth Olsaver Coulter.
The Celebration of Life for Gary will be held on Saturday, November 20, 2021, at Stafford’s Perry Hotel in Petoskey from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.