Gilbert, Richard James, Saginaw, Michigan

Passed away Saturday, April 16, 2011 at the age of 87 years. Richard was born in Saginaw, Michigan August 30, 1923 the son of the late Roy and Nellie (Shimel) Gilbert. He married Dorothy Mae Levi May 9, 1942. She predeceased him June 29, 2007. Richard served in the U. S. Army from 1942 until February, 1946. In 1943, his Division fought in the Aleutian Islands. After the Japanese were driven from the islands, he was stationed on the island of Attu in the Aleutian chain for the duration of the war. After returning home, he was hired as a millwright at Chevrolet Grey Iron Foundry where he was promoted to various positions, retiring as Assistant Superintendant of Maintenance in 1971. He is survived by his daughter, Nancy (Chester) Brown, Grand Blanc, MI; a grandson, Steven (Kathleen) Brown, Clio, MI; a granddaughter, Lori (James) Holland, Rockford, MI; five great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. In addition to his wife, Richard was predeceased by his son, Rick Gilbert and a grandson, Jeffrey A. Brown. The funeral service will take place on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at W. L. Case & Company, 4480 Mackinaw Road. Rev. Dr. Robert L. Emrich will officiate with burial in Roselawn Memorial Gardens where military services will be under the auspices of VFW Post No. 1859. Friends may visit with the family at the chapel on Wednesday from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. and on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a donation to First Presbyterian Church (Court at Harrison) or a charity of the donor’s choice.