Age 54, of Hickory Corners, died April 20, 2011.  Phil was born on April 12, 1957 to Charles and Audrey Gabbard.  He worked for Stryker Corporation in Kalamazoo for the past 20 years and traveled extensively worldwide.

Surviving are his father, Charles; brother, Keith (Sue) Gabbard; sisters, Luann Gabbard, Nora Kratz and Patty Garbin; and nieces and nephews, Jenny and Eric, Sydni and Justin and Leslie and Nick.  He was preceded in death by his mother Audrey in 2010.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 23, 2011, at the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel.  Interment will follow in Maple Ridge Cemetery.  The family will receive friends and relatives at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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14 Messages to “Phillip W. Gabbard”

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    Carol Nichols Says:

    Phil was a wonderful friend and co-worker. We exchanged travel ideas, good movies and many other things. If you had any problems at work it was always ” call phil”. I am very sory I could not attend funeral due to prior commitments. My blessings for the family in this very difficult time. Phil was a great person.

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    Louis Weijers Says:

    I worked with Phil for more than three years and we were friends. We traveled together to Freiburg Germany and Eindhoven the Netherlands to conduct Stryker’s Service Training. Phil is a true unique guy who doesn’t judge others. An example to most of us. And according to my mom, he met when we were in Eindhoven, he is a very handsome man as well. I had to hear this for several years afterwards :) Anyway, Phil you are missed by all of us and my family. I wish we could have more time together, but unfortunately such can be life. Therefore for everyone surviving, we should always cherish the moments we get with family and friends, it’s more important than materialistic ideals, grudges, and your job. Go in peace my friend.

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    Jeff & Karen VanDyke Says:

    Our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to Phil’s family and friends.
    Phil was a gtreat neighbor and friend. He will be dearly missed around the weekend bonfires. We were blessed to have Phil as a friend and good neighbor for the last 17 years. May God bless the Gabbard family. RIP Good Neighbor

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    John Nadzam Says:

    Phil and I have worked together at Styker for many years. I feel so blessed our paths crossed this past Monday morning. We both laughed and I know he was his looking forward to his Procare visit to Florida. I already miss our chats on bathroom and kitchen remodeling and music. I guess fixing the Porshe will have to wait. Your family and Stryker have lost a great person, he will be greatly missed. I know he is with his Mom now and not alone. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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