Gilson, Bob

Written by David Green.

Bob Gilson, 63, of Morenci, Mich., died Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio.

He was born Nov. 30, 1947, in Hudson, Mich., the son of Gerald and Dorthey (Derr) Gilson.

Bob lived his entire life in the Morenci area.  He was a graduate of the Morenci High School class of 1965.  He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War from 1966 through 1969. He was a member of the Morenci American Legion Post #368 and the Lenawee County 40 & 8 Voiture #997. He was employed at General Broach in Morenci with more than 30 years of service.

Bob was everyone’s handy man, fixing anything from computers to air conditioners. He enjoyed his children very much and snowmobiling with them was at the top of the list. His life was built around his grandchildren, doing everything with them and attending their sporting events.

Survivors include two daughters, Brandie (and Brad) White of Fayette, Ohio, and Bridget (and Jeremiah) Jones of Morenci; six grandchildren; a sister, Deborah (and Kent) Jarrell of Morenci; and a brother, Randy Gilson, of Morenci.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and two sons, Todd and Brian.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Friday, April 1, at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci, with Rev. Jim Yatzek officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.  Visitation is scheduled from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Memorial contributions are suggested to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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