Garfield “Gar” Bruce Whitney

Garfield “Gar” Bruce Whitney, age 87, of Tecumseh died on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021 at The Oasis at Adrian Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center. He was born September 8, 1933 in Detroit, the son of Clifford Raymond and Beulah Fay (Miller) Whitney. On May 16, 1980 in Dearborn, he married June Eve Koziol and they shared over 40 years together.

Gar proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He worked as a Certified Construction Specifier, and was a member of the Certified Specification Society and the American Institute of Architects. He worked in Detroit, Minneapolis, Coral Gables and Indianapolis. Gar was a member of the First Mennonite Church in Indianapolis. He enjoyed photography, oil painting, drawing, model airplanes, home remodeling and was an avid reader.

Besides his wife, June, he is survived by daughter, Leslie Joy (Larry Rosenstock) Whitney-Rosenstock and son, Matthew Craig Whitney, both of Farmington Hills; sister, Sandra Johnson of Westland; two grandchildren, Benjamin and Declan Rosenstock; and one niece, Lori (James) Gomez. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Robert Johnson; a niece, Jill; and two feline buddies, Chester and Wily.

Cremation has taken place and a private family service will be held. Inurnment will be in Parkview Memorial Cemetery in Livonia.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Tecumseh District Library, Lenawee County Humane Society or the charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the care of the Tecumseh Chapel of Handler Funeral Homes. Online condolences may be offered to the family at


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