Caron, Gary Alan 2/19/1956 - 5/9/2021 Richland, Michigan Gary Alan Caron, 65 of Richland, Michigan passed away on May 9th, 2021 peacefully in the arms of his wife and surrounded by his (step) children. Gary was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on February 19, 1956, the son of E. Louis and Gladys Caron. Gary graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School in 1974. Gary was a world traveler with friends in many countries, and enjoyed flying his airplanes with his pilot group, riding his Harley motorcycle with his son Robert, and playing his guitar. Gary worked for Studer Inc. from 1986-1992 when he moved on to open his business where he owned and operated Caron Precision in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Gary loved adventure and had no fear, including his favorites hang gliding and snorkeling. Living on Gull Lake, he enjoyed spending his summers as captain of his pontoon and sail boat. Gary was an avid member of the Antique Airplane Association, NRA, Animal Rescue, Kalamazoo Air Zoo and AZO. In his younger years Gary was also in Boy Scouts. Even through all of Gary's adventurous years his happiest times were spending the last 12 years with his wife and her children and grandchildren who Gary happily accepted as his own. He and his wife continued to fill Gary's love for traveling getting engaged in St. Lucia and continuing to travel after marriage; some of their favorites included yearly Mackinac Island vacations, Europe in 2017 and several Caribbean trips. Gary is survived by his wife, Marianne Caron, the love of his life, soulmate "my sweetie", of Richland; his (step) children, Rick (Jodi) Kuiper of Bangor, MI, Robert (Katie) Kuiper of Galesburg, MI, and Marci Flickinger of Richland, MI; his grandchildren, Olivia Kuiper, Kolton Flickinger, Owen Kuiper, Emalynne Flickinger, and Weston Kuiper and one on the way; siblings, Paul Caron of North Carolina, Jeffrey (Lorraine) Caron of Vicksburg and Melanie (Caron) Holman of Kalamazoo, MI: several nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and a lot of special cousins; his pets, (dogs) Bear, Ali, and Sabine, (cats) Stormy, Shadow, and Teddy. He was preceded in death by his parents, E. Louis and Gladys Caron; his sister, Kimberly Ruth Caron; his brother, Todd Louis Caron, and his niece, Kimberly Ruth Holman. A memorial gathering to celebrate Gary's life will be held at his shop, Caron Precision Inc., 3707 E Kilgore Rd, Kalamazoo, MI 49001 (corner of Sprinkle & Kilgore) from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, May 15th. Parking will be available across the street from Caron Precision for the memorial. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Kalamazoo Air Zoo or in support of Weston Kuiper for March of Dimes would be appreciated. Arrangements by the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Richland Chapel. Personal messages for the family and/or favorite memories of Gary may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.