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Gregory Alon Preston

January 6, 1942 ~ April 6, 2019 (age 77)
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Gregory Alon Preston, age 77, of Grand Haven (formerly of Niles, MI) passed away at home on Saturday, April 6, 2019.  Greg was born on January 6, 1942 in Royal Oak, MI to the late Gilbert and Eleanor (Post) Preston.

He attended Royal Oak High School and then served our country in the United States Army. Greg then attended Western Michigan University and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Arts.  While at Western Michigan, he was a standout short-stop on the baseball team, and served as a mentor to many fellow students while employed as a teacher at the university. 

On June 19, 1965 he married Claudia Knoll in Grand Haven. She preceded him in death on September 13, 2013. Early on in life they lived in Niles where Greg was very active in the community and was instrumental in founding the children's soccer programs which began with a handful of kids and has now grown to 2,500 participants.  He was a member of the Optimist Club and former member of the First Presbyterian Church of Niles. He was employed by Equitable Life Insurance Co. of Niles, and eventually became the owner and operator. In 1987, they moved to Grand Haven and Greg became a Realtor at Clyde Hendrick Prudential Real Estate until his retirement a few years ago.  He was very active in sports and enjoyed playing baseball, tennis, golf, and racquet ball.

Greg was a member of the United Methodist Church of the Dunes in Grand Haven and was active in the choir.  He married Helen Beers on November 15, 2014 at the church. Greg enjoyed spending time talking to people and being with family, and was always a coach and advocate for youth sports.

Greg is survived by his children, Elizabeth (Chad Lee) Preston-Huff and Mike Preston; his wife, Helen, and her daughter Lori (Steve) Gillespie; son-in-law, John Parlow; and three grandchildren: Abigail Biniecki, Tommy Duncan, and Brody Lynn.  He is also survived by his brothers, Brian (Laury) Preston and Phillip (Bonnie) Preston; brother- in-law, Thom (Sandy) Knoll; sister-in- law, Sally Knoll; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Claudia; daughter-in-law, Dawn Preston; and step-daughter, Sarah Parlow.

The Celebration of Life for Greg will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 12, 2019 at United Methodist Church of the Dunes, with Pastor Lou Grettenberger officiating. Full Military Rites will be performed by the American Legion, Charles A. Conklin Post 28. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday April 11th, at Klaassen Family Funeral Home. 

Memorial contributions may be made to United Methodist Church of the Dunes or Lake Louise UMC Camp Scholarship Fund.


Donations may be made to:

United Methodist Church of the Dunes
717 Sheldon Road, Grand Haven MI 49417

Lake Louise UMC Camp Scholarship Fund
11037 Thumb Lake Rd., Boyne Falls MI 49713
Tel: 1-231-549-2728

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