Jack Edsel Gillis

March 25, 1926March 25, 2013

Born March 25, 1926 in Breckenridge, MI, the son of the late Vern and Gladys (Allen) Gillis, passed away March 25, 2013 at the age of 87. Jack served his country in the U.S. Air Force during WWII and retired from General Motors after 30 years of service. He loved restoring old cars and was a member of the Falcon Club of America. Surviving to cherish his memory are his beloved wife of 63 years, Dorothy; children, Susan (Greg) McLeod, Jim (Bonnie) Gillis, and Edward (Barbara) Gillis; 11 loving grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Ivan (Henrietta) Stebbins and Fred (Joyce) Stebbins; and sister-in-law, Pauline Stebbins. Jack will be sorely missed by his loving family. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 900 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. Interment will take place at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte. The family will receive friends on Monday, April 1st from 2:00 – 4:00 pm and 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the funeral home and 1 hour prior to the service. For those desiring, contributions may be made to Hospice House of Mid-Michigan, PO Box 30480, Lansing, MI 48909. The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 2, 2013
  • Visitation Tuesday, April 2, 2013
  • Visitation Monday, April 1, 2013
  • Visitation Monday, April 1, 2013

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David Vansyckle

April 2, 2013

I grew up with Eddie and went to school with him. I'm sorry for your loss, Gillis family. Our thoughts are with you at this time.
David Vansyckle (Cupertino, CA)

April 1, 2013

To Dorothy, Jim. Ed & Sue, I am so sorry to hear about Jack. We had some really good times at High Street & in Cub scouts. I told David & Jim about Jack & they said they were sorry to hear it also. My prayers are with all of you. One of my friends at church died also & her funeral is tomorrow so I won't be able to come but I'm thinking about you. Wanda VanSyckle

Amy (McLeod) Lowe

April 1, 2013

I have wonderful memories of times shared with Grandpa Gillis as I was growing up. On holidays, our family would pack up and we would drive to Lansing to see Grandma and Grandpa Gilllis, or they would come to our house in Kalamazoo. I remember Grandpa as warm, loving, and always happy with good stories to share. The last time I saw him was at my wedding. It is was extra special to me that he and Grandma were able to make it because they shared the same wedding date - June 17th - 62 years prior.

Grandpa Gillis was a wonderful and loving Grandfather to many. I will forever look back on fond memories of holdiays and family gatherings with him.

April 1, 2013

Dorothy, Greg, and Sue, you are in my thoughts and prayers, with deepest sympathy. April McLeod

Brian and MariAnne Brooks

April 1, 2013

Jack was a wonderful neighbor to my dad and mother and a friend of my husband and I. He will be truely missed.

Ken & Syd Rouse

March 29, 2013

So saddened to hear of Jack's passing. You are in our thoughts and we send our deepest sympathy to you all.

Fred & Joyce Stebbins

March 28, 2013

Thinking for the fun times we had when
you and Dorothy visited us in Texas. When our families would go to Galveston and kids had a good time playing in the Gulf.

Barbara Jane Gillis

March 27, 2013

Dad, simply put I will love and miss you always.