Jack H Silsby

November 5, 1940July 22, 2018

Jack H Silsby, 77, passed away at his home in Mason on July 22, 2018, surrounded by his family who loved and cherished him. A lifelong Mason resident, Jack was born November 5, 1940, to H M and Harriette (Franklin) Silsby Carlson.

Preceded in death by his parents and stepfather Melbourne Carlson, Jack is lovingly remembered by his wife, Connie Mae (Bell) Silsby. Together, Jack and Connie raised four wonderful children, devoted to caring for him during his final days at home; Tom (Kim) Silsby of Mason, Jon (Sandra) Silsby of Union City, MI, Chris (Gerald) Wheeler of Venice, FL and Lisa Silsby of Ft. Myers, FL. His presence will be missed by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, brother, Larry (Judy) Silsby and many nieces, nephews, cousins and lifelong friends.

Jack was a hard working man his entire life who instilled a good work ethic, strong morals and values in his children. Fondly known by his family as, “Mr. Prove-It” or “Mr. Fix-It,” Jack could make almost anything work with some duct tape, a few tools and miscellaneous parts and pieces tucked away in his garage. As a farmer, Jack loved working in the fields and caring for the dairy cows, beef cattle and hogs. He supported his children and grandchildren in 4-H and FFA projects (even helping out with a sewing project or two). In his last days, Jack enjoyed driving around Ingham County, checking the crops and visiting dear friends.

Jack loved sports. When he was young, he played football and baseball, later watching them on television. As he got older much of his free time was spent competing at tractor pulls through the late 80’s. In recent years, Jack enjoyed watching his son Jon carry on with his favorite hobby. When he felt well enough, he would attend Jon’s pulls. As his health declined, he watched tractor pulling online and on T.V. Always interested in every detail.

A celebration of Jack’s life will be held on Saturday, July 28, 2018, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Aurelius Township Hall, 1939 S. Aurelius Rd., Mason, MI 48854. Please join us for pie and coffee as we share stories, memories and gratitude for a life well-lived.

The family is beyond grateful for the support received through home hospice. Jack’s wish was to be in his home when the time came to say his final farewell. This would never been possible without a great hospice team. Memorial contributions may be made in Jack’s honor to Great Lakes Caring Hospice, Attention: Hospice Foundation, 900 Cooper St., Jackson, MI 49202

The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Ball Dunn chapel. Online condolences may be expressed at


  • Great Lakes Caring Hospice, Attn: Hospice Foundation


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, July 28, 2018

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Nathan Hude

August 4, 2018

I worked with Jack for several years at Mason Elevator. He was a great guy and yes could fix anything! So sorry to hear of his passing!

Judith Hanna Winzenz

July 28, 2018

Jack and I were in the same class at Barnes Elementary School with one other person. Larry was older so in wasn’t in the same class but in our one room country school that had K8 grades. It was a very different experience. We played all kinds of games, studied together, put on Christmas shows for the parents, was glad when indoor plumbing arrived and so forth.

Bill Eames

July 27, 2018

Jack was a good neighbor, classmate and friend. We always enjoyed seeing him and reminiscing at class of '58 reunions. Although time and distance prevent us from attending the service, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Bill & Allyne Eames
2410 E. Clarene St.
Meridian, ID 83646

Barbara Mahon

July 26, 2018

Larry and family, I’m so sorry to hear of your brother’s passing. My prayers are with you and your family.

Jean Bement

July 25, 2018

Although I did not know Jack well, I have heard many stories of youthful fun shared by my dad, Joe. What a blessing that Jack was able to be at home with those he loved most in his final days. May God's grace, happy memories of a life well-lived, and the prayers of so many friends help to ease your grief.