Passed away October 6, 2012, at the age of 78. Don was born June 17, 1934, in Morrice, to Leroy and Alta (Harris) Gillette. Many will remember him from Gillette Trailer Center a business he owned with his wife of 59 years, Connie. Prior to opening the dealership in 1973, Don spent 24 years working with his father at Gillette Sand & Gravel in Shaftsburg. He was a life member of the Masonic Lodge and a former Supply Sergeant in the Michigan National Guard. In his personal life his passions were fishing from their boat “Reel Fun” and working with his hands. An excellent fabricator, he was proficient with a steel lathe, wood lathe, welder and any woodworking tool he touched. As a contributor to the community, among other things he and a handful of friends built the ticket booths, concession stand and press box at Haslett High School.
He is survived by his wife, Connie; daughters, Jill (Bill) McKay and Camala (Tom) Kinder; sons, John (Pam) Gillette and Craig Gillette; sister, Sharon Gillette; step-brother, Ron (Ida) Buntin; seven nieces and nephews and is “Papa” to eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Don was a top-notch husband, father, brother and friend memories of how he touched us all are treasures we will keep forever.
The funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. Interment will take place in Glendale Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 3:00 p.m. until service time Wednesday. Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Palliative Care in memory of Don Gillette.