Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 13, 2013

Lawrence Irwin 'Larry' Gilbert Died Oct. 10, 2013


Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7)

ANN ARBOR — Larry finished his race on Oct. 10, 2013, at his home at Sunrise Senior Living, with his loving daughter, Terri, holding his hands.

He was born on Aug. 13, 1931, in Traverse City and raised in Flint, where he attended Longfellow Junior High and graduated from Flint Northern in 1950 and Flint J.C. in 1952. He went on to earn his BA (1954) and MBA (1956) from the University of Michigan, where he later taught in the Business School.

Larry loved music. He sang bass in the choir and began playing the trumpet at age 12 and went on to play in many bands throughout high school and college. Larry also had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge that he maintained throughout his life. He was a true “Academic” in every sense of the word.

For the past 30-plus years he faithfully attended and was very active at Zion Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor. It was his passion and brought him so much happiness.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Irwin (1973) and Mabel (1984) Gilbert; and an older sister, Marie Wilson in 2007.

He is survived by four children, Terri McCoy and David Gilbert, of Ann Arbor, Eric (Kim) Gilbert, of Traverse City, and Kathy (Andy) Marsh, of Saline; eight grandchildren, Sean, Mike and Ryan McCoy, Timothy, Zachary and Hannah Gilbert and Courtney and Jordan Marsh; and one great-grandson, Tyson McCoy.

On Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty, Ann Arbor, there will be a visitation at 11 a.m., followed by a memorial service at noon. Larry will be laid to rest alongside his parents at the Gilbert family plot in Oakwood Cemetery, Traverse City, on a date to be determined.

“Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day — and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for His appearing.” (2 Timothy 4:8)


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