OBITUARY

Danny Leroy Hulbert

December 14, 1940May 1, 2021
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Danny Leroy Hulbert of Williamston, MI, passed away peacefully in his home on May 1st, 2021, with his family at his side. All agree heaven gained a truly worthy soul that day. Danny was preceded in death by his parents, Chalmer and Dorothy (Hilton) Hulbert, and by his sister Rita (Hulbert) Watts and her husband James Watts. Danny is survived by his loving wife of 59 1/2 years, Gwen (Thompson), and their two daughters, Melissa Hulbert-Chapman (Hugh Chapman) and Meredith Baker (Steve Baker), and their grandchildren: Chloe Riordan, Zachary Baker, and Maeve Chapman. He is also survived by his sister Patricia Hulbert (Daryle Berger). Danny also enjoyed being a father figure to many throughout the years. Danny was an alumnus, and lifelong fan, of Michigan State University, graduating in 1964. GO GREEN! He was also a veteran of the US Army, having served in the Viet Nam Conflict. Upon his honorable discharge he worked as a Commercial Appraiser for the City of Lansing, then an Assistant Property Tax Appraiser for the City of East Lansing. In 1976, he joined the Michigan Tax Tribunal as a Hearing Referee presiding over Property Tax Appeals; he retired after 22 years of service to the State of Michigan. Upon retirement, Danny and his wife Gwen dedicated their lives to community service. He was elected as President of the Williamston Kiwanis Club, receiving the Kiwanis Governor’s Light of Honor Award in 2004. He was also a proud member of the Williamston American Legion. In 2008, Danny and Gwen were honored with the Williamston Community Impact Award, and in 2010 Danny was the Red Cedar Jubilee Citizen of the Year. He also served as Co-Director of the Williamston Food Bank for many years, a cause he was passionate about. Another passion of Danny’s was FISHING! One of his proudest achievements was winning 2nd place for his Big Mouth Bass, caught in a fishing tournament on Lake Sam Rayburn, Texas. He also enjoyed the Thursday night Bass Tournaments on Lake Lansing and participated in them for years. Some of his most cherished friendships were made sitting in the boat waiting for the fish to bite… or not. It is safe to say that most of us have a wonderful memory of fishing with Danny. He was caring, generous, and witty. He was a loyal friend. He was a beloved brother, husband, father and grandfather. He will be missed and loved, always. The family would like to thank McLaren Oncology & Radiology, the McLaren Group Hospice team and caregivers from Home Instead for providing Danny with excellent care. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to your local food bank … the community service he championed. A Celebration of Life will be held this summer, date forthcoming. Please check his online obituary through www.grwilliamston.com for updates.

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Carol Chappell Pete Kamarainen

May 9, 2021

Danny was beyond special. What a treasure to have counted him as a friend who was such an important part of our lives. He will never be replaced and will always be remembered. Sending love to Gwen and the whole family. Carol and Pete

Michael Benedict

May 9, 2021

Dan and I worked at the city of East Lansing, he in assessing and me in the city manager's office. He was a great person, always kind and funny. In fact, he told me the best joke I ever heard and every time I think of that joke I laugh.

We went fishing together a few times. One time, Dan, Stan DeWitt and I camped on the Betsie River and spent a couple of days fishing for salmon and steelhead. Stan didn't like to fish, so Dan and I would go out all day and when we got back to Stan's camper he would have a great meal for us. It was probably one of the best times I ever had.

Dan was a great person and a hard worker, and I really regretted his leaving the city. I will always remember Dan as a good friend and a great person.

Mike Benedict

Debbie Irwin

May 6, 2021

So many beautiful memories. Where to begin...time spent together chatting, traveling, fishing, eating... We will miss you Danny more than I can say. Love you and miss you so much. Rest in peace. You surely deserve it ❤️. Gwen, Melissa, Meredith and family, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Debbie

Dennis Irwin

May 5, 2021

Danny didn’t go to church much. In fact, when he was best man in my wedding, I prayed that lightning wouldn’t strike us when he walked in.
But Danny lived up to the teachings of Jesus in amazing ways- every day. Love your neighbor wasn’t a Sermon on the Mount bible verse to him.... it was a way of life. Taking care of the poor and those largely ignored in society wasn’t a bible study lesson to Danny...... it was ingrained in is character.
I know that Danny more than earned his place up by that heavenly lake full of huge blue gills and bass.
I pray that what he taught me about the really important things in life will help me join him one day.

Rick and Mary Lowe

May 3, 2021

Danny was a kind, gentle man and cared deeply for his family. To Gwen, Meredith and Steve, Zach, Chloe and all of Danny relatives. We are so sorry for your loss and praying for peace and comfort during this time.

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