Danny “Dan” Dee Surgent was born in Vassar, MI on March 9, 1944 to the late L.D. and Esther (Eddy) Surgent. He passed away, surrounded by his family, on Wednesday June 15, 2022 at Covenant Healthcare in Saginaw, MI.
Dan was led to the Lord and became a Christian in 1966. Shortly afterwards he attended Baptist Bible School in Grand Rapids, MI. Then transferred to Faith Baptist Bible College and Seminary in Iowa where he graduated as an ordained minister. He returned to live in Vassar where Dan worked for Tuscola County Sheriff’s department and then went on to become a corrections officer for the State of Michigan. After retiring from the State of Michigan he then served the Vassar Community as mayor and worked on the Vassar Historical Society and Museum. He drove school bus for Vassar and other area schools.
Dan loved his family and cherished his friends very much. He loved to go camping, golfing, traveling, family outings, and his bus trips. He enjoyed studying genealogy and politics. He is a member of the First Baptist Church in Vassar, MI.
Left to cherish his memory are his children; Bobbi (Tom) Sawyer, Danny D. Surgent Jr., Jackie Miller and Jaime (Debbie) Surgent; nine grandchildren; Nichole Sawyer, Gabrielle (Eric) Schian, Taylor Sawyer, Richard Miller Jr., Courtney (Josh) Strout, Josh Lakey, Matthew Morris, Jessica James, Shelby Surgent; three great grandchildren; Wyatt Sawyer, Aubrey Linhart, and River Strout; a sister; Judy Cranick and his former wife Judy Surgent and his church family. Dan was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters; Laurel Langworthy, Alane Baranski, Dorene Turner and nephew Michael Turner.
Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Vassar, MI. Pastor Tony Barber will officiate. Private burial will be at Riverside Cemetery. Visiting hours will be Monday June 20, 2022 at Penzien Steele Funeral home from 2:00-8:00. He will lie in state at the church on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the service begins.
Memorials may be made to the wishes of the family.