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Charles Mark Gilson passed away Oct. 31, 2017. He was born on Sept. 21, 1918, in Lake Odessa to Leon T. and Pearl (Deemer) Gilson.
He will be remembered as a kind, funny, loving and generous father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, dentist and friend.
Mark proudly served his country during World War II as a United States Navy Medical Corpsman in the United States Marines.
Mark graduated from Lake Odessa High School in 1936, where he played football and was president of his senior class. He followed in his brother's footsteps and graduated from Michigan State College in 1940 then went on to the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, graduating early in 1943 in order to serve his country in the war.
Mark will be missed by his children, Martha Ruth Phillips (Thomas), of Suttons Bay, and Mary G. Layher (Richard), of Dexter; grandchildren, Richard L. Barnabo (Melissa), of Dexter, Gina Barnabo Thompson, of Atlanta, Georgia, Abigail M. Phillips, of Traverse City, and Mark T. Phillips, of Portland, Oregon; and great-grandchildren, Elle Marie Barnabo, Tyler Louis Barnabo, of Dexter, and Grant Charles Thompson, of Atlanta, Georgia.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leon and Pearl Gilson; wives, Agnes Day Gilson, Gloria Rettich Gilson and Lamar Sargent Gilson; brother, Thomas Deemer Gilson (Marie); daughter, Margaret Gilson; and nephews, Timothy Gilson and Mark Deemer Gilson.
Mark's community farewell will be held on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, at 2 p.m., at Dexter United Methodist Church, 7643 Huron River Dr., Dexter, MI 48130. Family and friends will gather at 1 p.m. until the time of service. Dr. Matthew Hook will serve as celebrant.
Memorial contributions are suggested for Arbor Hospice, Salvation Army of Walhalla, South Carolina, or the Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled.
Please leave a message of comfort for Charles' family at 1 (877) 231-7900 or sign his guestbook at www.borekjennings.com.
Published on November 3, 2017
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