Daniel Charles Gilbert

August 25, 1951October 28, 2012
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Daniel Charles Gilbert East Lansing, Michigan

Daniel passed away suddenly on October 28, 2012 at the age of 61. Born August 25, 1951 in Westland, Michigan to Dale and Anna Gilbert, he was a graduate of Michigan State University and an avid Spartan fan. Dan was a long time real estate agent at Tomie Raines, Inc. and loved finding people a house to call their home. He had a passion for golf and other outdoor adventures, which allowed him to spend time with his many life-long friends. Dan had a true gift for connecting with people and making them laugh.

Daniel is survived by his daughter Laura Raines-Gilbert, the light of his life; mother, Anna Gilbert; brother, Dale E. (Bella) Gilbert; sister, Pauline (Chris) Bartok and numerous loving friends. He was preceded in death by his father Dale W. Gilbert

A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 2, 2:30 p.m. at MSU Alumni Chapel, Auditorium Rd, East Lansing with Beth Monteith officiating. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 1730 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. On line condolences may be made at


  • Visitation Thursday, November 1, 2012
  • Memorial Service Friday, November 2, 2012

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Jeff Watson

November 8, 2012

I am so sorry to hear about Gibby passing away... I just found out this morning. I was ALWAYS over joyed to run into him out and about, Spartan Games, social events.. we went to a Pistons game earlier this year. Had a great time. Golfed with him in the Womens Council outing, took him to Common Ground.. Seems like yesterday. I am so Sorry. Our Prayers and Thoughts go out to Dan's Family and his Many Many Friends. He was a True Friend. Jeff & Candy Watson

Joha and Colleen Fitzpatrick

November 7, 2012

Laura, your father will be missed by so many!
You were the greatest love of his life!

Christine Medon/Dorsten

November 2, 2012

I have known Dan since we grew up on Oakwood Lane and attended Cady school. I will so miss
his humor and laughter, he always left me smiling. Although I never met you Laura, I feel as though I know you as every conversation your dad and I shared,
he spoke lovingly of you. He was so proud of you. Your father was a good man.
God speed my dear friend, you will be missed.

November 2, 2012

Gibby,Gibby,Gibby,, our buddy Dan. What a great man, what a great friend to many. What a love for life. May you rest in peace Dan. I'm happy to know you have peace now. And Laura, I know you know this, but I need to say it. You were NOT just the apple of your Dad's eye. You were NOT even a whole truck load of perfect apples to your Dad. You were the entire orchard and cider mill combined ! He loves you and always was so proud of you. As we all are. Carry on his joy for life, and his zest for friendships. Gibby,Gil,Danny,,,etc. ,all,equals a good friend. Dan will be missed, but NEVER,NEVER will be forgoten. Love ya pal,,,. Dan OHara, East Lansing,MI

November 2, 2012

Dan,you will be missed by all who crossed your path. laura dietrich

November 2, 2012


My thoughts and prayers are with you. I was always impressed by the inclusive actions of your Mother and Ron, your Father, Nathan and yourself to live like one big family.
Linda Powell

Eileen Berry

November 2, 2012


November 1, 2012

Your dad was a great guy and helped us get our favorite home just down the street from him on Lafleur. He will be missed by many.
Liz Karkau

Joe Biersbach

November 1, 2012

Dan was a Great GUY!!! we're all going to miss him.

Bernard McCoy

November 1, 2012

Danny, oh Danny! What can you say about Dan Gilbert. Most of us picture him with a mischievous smile and contagious humor.
Dan so loved daughter Laura and always let us know about their adventures together, small and large. Joanne and I , Emily and Marian will miss you dear friend. You made this world a better place for all of us. You cared and you reminded us to see the humor in about everything you did. - Barney (Roger) McCoy