Gail D. Stoltz

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Gail Duane Stoltz, age 79, passed away on March 16, 2023, with his loving daughter and son by his side.

He was born on August 30, 1943, in Kendallville, IN to Garth and Claudia (Roe) Stoltz, and was the youngest of four boys.

He is a 1961 graduate of Topeka High School, where he was active in numerous sports, choir, and drama. Following high school, Gail pursued a career in commercial art, and in 1964, achieved his diploma from Ray Vogue Art School in Chicago, IL. He worked in Chicago until relocating to northern Michigan in 1998 to be closer to family.

Art was Gail’s passion and he was most at peace when in front of an easel with a paintbrush in hand. Having lived with bipolar disorder most of his life, Gail’s art was his way of expressing himself while helping those in his life better understand his world.

Gail is survived by his children, Katherine (Mike) Day, and Kevin (Kristy) Stoltz; brother, Gary; 12 beautiful grandchildren, Stephanie, Sandra, Aaron, Jeremy, Bailee, Hunter, Jackson, Isabelle, Malachi, Abigail, Asher, and Ezekiel; and 6 great-grandchildren whom he loved very much, Harper, Greyden, Deklan, Rose, Ellinor, and Kian.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Compassus Hospice online at

Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

2 comments on “Gail D. Stoltz”

  1. I will miss you dearly but take comfort in knowing that you now have the peace you so deserve. You were a wonderful man Gail, I will never forget you.

  2. Oh, my buddy Gail. I enjoyed the time we talked when I worked in Gaylord. You would call me the’ boss one’ but only because I cared. Until we meet again

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