Gary Andrew Van Riper

Profile Updated: July 30, 2022
Residing In: Saginaw, MI USA
Spouse/Partner: Christine VanRiper (Hagerty)
Occupation: Retired
Children: Andrew 1975 - Herbert 1978 - Ann 1978
Grandchildren Samantha, Shelby, Nick, Elizabeth, Jonathan, More…Riley, Colton,Clayton
Military Service: US Air Force  
Class Year: 1965



I Did 4 years in the US Air Force 1966 to 1970 = working on Ordnance & EOD duties, with two tours in Vietnam.
I left Arthur Hill 5'10 & 155 - left the Air Force 6'4 & 230 - as many will recall I was an easy target for the many school bullies. I came out of the Air Force with 4 martial arts belts - and sadly to say I did hunt bullies while in the service for the fun of it. I did come to realize that this was not PC and did stop my action.
I worked at Baker Perkins for a year before going into the Air Force, and upon returning worked another year before leaving in 1970
In 1971 i joined the Saginaw County Sheriff Dept. - working for 20 years on the road & then another 15 years in the jail.
Retiring from the Saginaw County Sheriff Dept after 35 years as Admin. Sgt. (Assist. Jail Admin), were I was in charge of 500 inmates & 120 employees. Then after one day off I became Undersheriff of Iosco County Sheriff Dept. for the next 3 years.
I spend most of my time in Sand Lake area of Iosco County at our Cottage.
Now I am the Finance Officer for the Hale American Legion Post 422 and a Life Member of the Carrollton VFW & Administrators of the Tawas Moose Lodge.
But my real Love is Living History - President of the Michigan Living History Educational Assoc. - we do 5 different time periods, 1822 (fort Saginaw) 16th Michigan (Civil War) 1918 (WWI) 1941 (WWII) and we are just about the only group to do Lectures on the Vietnam War. I have received 5 State Senate Special Tributes & Concurrent Resolutions for Lectures presented in State Schools. We present our programs to students all over the state. Past Lector for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Preforming Arts, Michigan Council for the Humanities. Saginaw County Historical Commissioner for 10 years. Author of two books on Michigan & Saginaw History.

School Story:

Not many I enjoy as I was the one getting his rear end kicked, by just about anyone who wanted to look tough. I did have some good friends while in school, and I did have the honor of being one of only a few, to have been on that Arthur Hill Rifle Team. Yes rifle team, we had at least 8 rifles in the basement of the school, and never once did any of us think of used them for any but shooting targets.
I do recall the death of President Kennedy - I did his voice and Ken played taps. I was also stage hand for our school play Bye Bye Birdie = I loved it
I was, as far as I know, the only student who was paid to go to my Junior, and Senior prom - got $2.00 an hour - working the sound equipment
I did not do well in grades, and this hurt me later, as I found while in the Air Force, I had a fifth grade education, and fourth grade reading ability. but I managed to bring that up over the years.

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