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After 52 years of marriage, Mr. William (Bill) Henry Gilbert passed from our world into God’s Glorious Kingdom early Wednesday afternoon at his residence in Millington, MI . Bill was born in Bay City, MI to William and Lydia (Quintel) Gilbert on March 19, 1940. After high school Bill proudly served in the United States Marine Corp where he served in Okinawa and the Philippines. On July 17, 1965 Bill married Miss Barbara Kuras at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Bay City, MI. Together they celebrated the birth of their three children and two grandchildren. Bill was employed for 37 years at General Motors starting with Fischer Body and retired out from the Buick Division of General Motors. Bill loved the outdoors which included hunting, fishing, camping, attending Millington High School football games and spending time with friends and family. Along with attending the high school football games, Bill enjoyed watching University of Michigan football. He also loved cruising to various destinations in his 1977 Corvette. Some of his most precious memories were taking his grandson on rides in Grandpa’s fast car.
Bill is survived by his wife, Barbara; his son Bill and (Carole Leach) Gilbert; his daughters, Cheryl Gilbert, and Julie and (Michael) Daenzer; and two grandchildren, Zachary and Alexis Daenzer. He also is survived by his mother, Mrs. Lydia Nowak and sister, Mrs. Elizabeth and (Darrell) Smith. Bill is preceded in death by his father William Gilbert and step-father Leonard Nowak.
A special thank you to Wellsprings Lutheran Services for the kind, compassionate, and spiritual care they provided Bill.
A celebration of Bill’s life will take place Monday, October 23, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, 3455 S. Van Buren Road, Richville, MI with Rev. Robert Gadeken officiating. A private burial will take place at St. Michael’s Lutheran Cemetery at a later date. Bill’s family will receive friends and family at the Hanlin Funeral Home at 4823 W. Main St. in Millington, MI on Sunday October 22, 2017 from 2:00 pm until 7:00 pm. The family will also receive friends for a brief time at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Richville, Monday morning from 10:00 am until the time of service. There will be fellowship and a dinner following the service. Those planning an expression of remembrance may wish to consider memorials to St. Michael’s Lutheran Church. You’re welcome to express condolences, share a memory, or light a candle at hanlinfuneralhome.com
HANLIN FUNERAL HOME
Serving Since 1928
Hanlin Funeral Home
Sunday October 22nd, 2017
2:00pm - 7:00pm
4823 West Main Street
Millington, MI 48746
Special Instructions: On Monday there will be a brief time of visitation at the St. Michael Lutheran Church in Richville, MI for 10:00 am until the services begin
St. Michael Lutheran Church
Monday October 23rd, 2017
11:00am - 12:00pm
3455 S. Van Buren Rd
Richville, MI 48758
Special Instructions: A time of fellowship and a dinner will follow.
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