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“We want to extend our deepest condolences to you on the passing of Ron. We always thought of him as the gentle giant whose voice was as deep as he...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Dave and Mecki Viall - Hudson, FL

“Dear Barb,I was so sorry to hear about Ron's passing and I'm sorry that I am so far away andwon't be able to be with you today as you celebrate Ron's...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Cindy Meade - The Villages, FL

“Barb and family. We were truly blessed knowing and loving Ron. We have so many happy memories to hold on to. Especially family gatherings and...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Kay Beaulieu - Macomb, MI

“Dear Barbara and Family,We were very saddened when we heard Ron had passed away. He will always be remembered as the fun loving guy with the big...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Mike and Pat Seitz - Millsboro, DE

“Barb and family, So sorry for your loss. We have great memories of time spent with your family.Jon and Lisa Perkins ”
5 of 6 | Posted by: Jon and Lisa Perkins - MI

“Dearest Barb and Family:Dave and I were so sorry to hear of Ron's passing. We are asking God to comfort and guide each one of you during this time of...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: Dave and Lynda Stallwood - Macomb, MI


Ronald William Gilbert, age 84 of Macomb Township, died Sunday, April 14, 2019 at McLaren Macomb Hospital in Mt. Clemens, Michigan. He was born October 2, 1934 in Detroit, son of the late Alfred and the late Edna (nee: Brackelbauer) Gilbert.

Twenty-two years of age was surely a momentous period in Ronald's life as that's the year he received two special callings,…one from Cupid, and the other from Uncle Sam. Prior to heading off to fulfill his military obligation, Ron was joined in marriage to the love of his life, Miss Barbara Sortman. It was the beginning of what would blossom into 62 amazing years together, and the sharing of wonderful memories in raising three beautiful children and growing deeper in love with each passing day.

As for Uncle Sam's invitation,…Ron was inducted into the U.S. Army on July 10, 1957 in Detroit and served for 2 years until ultimately obtaining his honorable discharge on July 9, 1959 at Ft. Sheridan, Illinois. The lion's share of Ron's time in the service was spent out of the country where he learned many military skills, mainly those associated with firearms and marksmanship qualities. Some of the distinctions included attaining his status as Sharpshooter with pistols, and Expert in both Sub Machine Guns and 90MM guns (Gunner).

So it is with thanks and praise from a grateful nation that we pay homage to Ron for his service to our country as a soldier in the U.S. Army, and for his willingness to stand in harm's way for the cause of freedom, both here and abroad. With pride and honor for his country and fellow comrades-in-arms, Ron served valiantly and sacrificed greatly,…and for that we honor him today and extend our posthumous gratitude for his services rendered.

In his earlier years, Ron was part of a special group of people who could turn a frown upside down simply by making a trip to the mailbox,…yes, he was a letter carrier,…or perhaps more colloquially, a Mailman. Not so much with the delivery of bills, but he was everybody's Knight in shining armor when it came to greeting cards. Yet as life unfolded for Ron, change brought new and interesting paths for him to navigate. Eventually he landed a position as an accountant in a manufacturing facility, and that is where he decided to plant his employment roots until finally accepting his well-deserved retirement.

When he wasn't working, Ron enjoyed a number of pastimes that often fed the sportsman that lied within. His life was enveloped by sports,…not merely watching them, but participating in them as well. As in his love of Baseball, a sport he played in for over 55 years. Then perhaps in one of his greatest sporting passions, the game of Hockey,…Ron actually skated and competed on the ice until he reached the age of 60. He was also a huge fan of football, especially when it involved the Maize & Blue of the iconic University of Michigan. And not merely reserved for the Wolverines,…Ron was truly an all-around
U of M fan.

Also within the "sporting spectrum," but from a different angle came Ron's love of water sports,…because he simply "loved the water." Whether he was splitting the waves with the bow of a sailboat, or peeling the waters with each swimming stroke he took, there was never a doubt or question of just how passionate Ron was when it came to enjoying the majesty of the Great Lakes. Then, when winter's wind befell the Mitten, another of Ron's passions would set the stage for a little fun and entertainment when he created the Best Saucer Runs known to man. With exacting precision and some water to slicken the runs, sitting on those little discs and pushing off for a ride down Ron's hill was somewhat reminiscent of watching the Luge runner's in the Olympics. And everybody had a BLAST!

As for a bit more sedate and quiet escape, Ron loved to keep his mind sharp by solving puzzles,…one of his favorites being the crosswords. Always challenging and, at times, mind-bending, Ron would sit down with a pen in hand and give 'er the old college try. And to those who knew this man well, they'll easily attest to his immense love and passion for everything "Christmas." There was either a Santa Claus or Christmas Elf lying deep within his being for the Christmas season summoned a special sense of joy for Ron that was both immeasurable and unmatchable. He often stated, if allowed, he'd have left the Christmas tree erected for the entire year.

Yet of all the joys that filled his heart, the love of family remained second to none. Family meant the world to Ron, and his world was truly enveloped by theirs. In everything he did, he did it with them in mind. A loving husband, father and grandfather (as well as great & great-great too), Ron leaves behind a legacy of love, laughter, and the perfect recipe of living life to the fullest. He touched countless hearts and souls in his journey this side of Heaven,…may they, now, help lift him Heavenward to the One who awaits his arrival. He'll rest in God's arms, but will truly be missed by his loved ones who remain.

Ronald was the beloved husband of Barbara for 62 years. Dearest father of Paul (Anne) Gilbert, Peggy (Douglas) Keller, and the late Julie Ciolek. Loving grandfather of seven, great-grandfather of 14, and great-great grandfather of 2. Brother of Bonnie Goetz, and the late Marjorie Rahn. Dear son-in-law of Eva Sortman.

Visitation for Ronald will be held Wednesday, April 17th from 3-9 pm at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Rd.) in Warren. His Funeral Services will take place Wednesday, 7:00 pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers Memorial donations are welcomed to the Julie Ciolek Scholarship Fund LHS.

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