Charles David Gilbert
Charles David "Chuck" Gilbert, 79, of Bad Axe passed away peacefully on Sunday, Jan. 10 2021, at McLaren Thumb Region hospital, with his wife Mary by his side.
Charles was born June 8, 1941 in Lebanon, Tenn. to David and Annie (Wrye) Gilbert. He received post-secondary training at the Detroit Engineering Institute in drafting and design. Chuck proudly served in the US military from 1960 to 1966, and then had a long and successful career as a truck driver. Chuck was a skilled, self-taught musician with a special love for steel guitar. He has appeared at various famed venues such as the Bozo Show and Cheasaning Showboat. He even received the honor of an invitation to play at the Grand Ole Opry! Chuck's pride and joy however was his family and he most treasured the time they were able to spend together, whether at a picnic, holiday gathering, or vacation, or even a simple meal at he and his wife's long-time home in Bad Axe.
Chuck is preceded in death by two sisters, Peggy Caldwell and Ruby Davenport, as well as two brothers, Ronnie and Terry Gilbert, and his brother-in-law Dewey Rosenbauer.
He is survived by his wife Mary (Klemmer) Gilbert; his children Mary Rosalin (Daniel) Umbreit, David Gilbert and Emily Hammond, Michael and Kathleen (Kirby) Gilbert, and Shayne and Kelly (Tenbusch) Gilbert; siblings Linda (Cecil) Duckworth and Sheila Diane Rosenbauer; grandchildren Travis, Briana, Branden, Danielle, Steven, Nathan, Michael, Jacqueline, Andrew, Corbyn, Kyla, and Sawyer; and two great grandchildren Claire and in sentiment, Alexis Akers; as well as several nieces and nephews. He will also be missed by his dear friends Paul Lowry and Emma Crockett, and Mike and Gail Davis.
Funeral service for Chuck will be held on Thursday Jan. 14, 2021 at 11 a.m. at the Bad Axe Free Methodist Church. Officiating will be Pastor Jerry Sutton. Burial with military honors will be in Colfax cemetery, Bad Axe. Visitation will be held on Wednesday Jan. 13, 2021 from 2-8 p.m. at the Kaufman funeral home in Bad Axe or Thursday at 10 a.m. until service at 11 a.m. at the church. Memorials may be offered at the donor's discretion.
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