Raymond "Dave" Ralph Silsby

April 12, 1941October 28, 2018

Raymond Ralph Silsby (Dave) was born on April 12, 1941 in Lansing. He went to his heavenly home October 28, 2018, at the age of 77. Survived by wife of 57 years, Ida Silsby (Lillywhite); siblings, Jean Ferrigan (Silsby), Dean Silsby (JoAnn), Ariel Andrews (Rodney), Karen Gardner (Rick), daughters Angela Silsby and Amy Buchler (Mark), son Chris Silsby, grandchildren: Christopher Silsby (Caryn), Kendra Silsby, Michael Buchler, Adam Buchler, Abigail Buchler, Great Grandchildren: Jonathon Silsby, Maggie Martinez, and Isaiah Martinez. Predeceased by son Stephen Silsby.

Dave was a lifelong resident of the Webberville Community where he married his high school sweetheart and raised their children. He retired from General Motors after 33 years. He enjoyed spending many hours working on the farm and spending time with family. Dave could often be found on his golf cart or tractor taking his grandkids for rides. He especially loved tooling around in his white truck and cheering on friends and family at sporting events. In addition, Dave was also involved in Family Life Wesleyan (Rowley) Church. His smile, kindness, grit and love of life had a huge impact on those that knew him best and will be missed.

The family will receive friends and family at Family Life Wesleyan (Rowley) Church, 3720 Rowley Rd., on Tuesday from 3-5pm and 6-8pm for visitation and viewing. There will also be viewing on November 1st from 10-11am. The funeral will immediately follow viewing at 11:00 on November 1st.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made to Family Life Wesleyan Church, Meals On Wheels and/or any charity of your choice.


  • Jordan Smith
  • Brian Andrews
  • Roger Smith
  • Michael Buchler
  • Christopher Silsby
  • Scott Bell
  • Adam Buchler, Honorary
  • Travis Smith , Honorary
  • Shane Silsby , Honorary
  • Brandon Andrews , Honorary
  • Jason Andrews , Honorary

  • Family Life Wesleyan Church
  • Meals On Wheels of Ingham County


  • Visitation Tuesday, October 30, 2018
  • Visitation Tuesday, October 30, 2018
  • Visitation Thursday, November 1, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, November 1, 2018

Raymond "Dave" Ralph Silsby

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Darla Krueger

October 31, 2018

Uncle Dave was a one in a million. Anyone that knew him loved him. Anytime I was playing ball anywhere near Lansing he was there with Ida and one or both of the girls. If someone in my family was in the hospital, they were there. It didn’t matter we were in Southwest MI. Family was important. Even though he was my Mom’s cousin he felt closer than that to me. That’s why I always called him Uncle just felt right. He had that knack of making you feel so very special, so very loved. Our family lost a pillar. This world lost one of the Great Christian leaders/examples but God gained one of his best works. See you when I get there Uncle Dave.

jody naimo

October 30, 2018

Angela, I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. Dads are everything to us. My thoughts and prayers for you and your family. So very sorry.

Loretta Wels Wellslmhwe

October 29, 2018

Dave was a very special man. He was always willing to help others. He was a friend to everyone and he will be greatly missed. - Loretta Wells

Kendra Silsby

October 29, 2018

Grandpa Dave played an enormous role in my life. He is much of the reason I am the woman I am today. From sitting on his knee while he read "The Hokey Pokey Song" to me, to endless hours of playing cards (UNO, until I was old enough for him to teach me to play Hand and Foot), to day after day spent sitting in the swing under the pine trees whittling, counting cars and listening to grandpa tell stories about "Ethel and George". This man taught me about respect, hard work, God, love, family, and the value of time spent doing simple things that bring great joy. I would not be who I am today without the care, time, and love this man put into me. I am thankful that he was able to be a part of my life. He will be missed.