Age 89, of Lansing, Michigan, passed away peacefully on August 12, 2015, after a brief illness. He was born May 30, 1926, in Erie, PA, to Jacob and Elizabeth Gabin. After high school, Hal enlisted in the Army at age 17 and served in Italy during WWII. He is survived by his loving wife, Beatrice, to whom he was happily married to for 63 years. He is also survived by his daughter, Sara Lee Gabin of Portland, OR, sons Ira (Mary) of DeWitt and Michael (Melissa) of Chicago, and three grandchildren whom he adored, Max Gabin of San Diego, and Katie Allen Gabin and Elizabeth Allen Gabin of Chicago.
Hal graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and spent many years designing heavy trucks including working for Diamond Reo in Lansing, and later for the State of Michigan in the Bureau of Mechanic Licensing. He was an active member of Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Lansing for almost 50 years and was a member of Kiwanis. He will be remembered by the many whose lives he touched with his countless acts of kindness, and for his sense of humor and legendary “bad joke of the week” whom everyone he met was subjected to.
His family would like to extend its deepest thanks to the nursing staffs at McLaren and Sparrow hospitals and at the Willows of Okemos care facility for their expert care and concern.
A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 16, 2015, at Congregation Shaarey Zedek, 1924 Coolidge Road, East Lansing, Michigan, with Rabbi Amy Bigman officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Lansing. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent to Congregation Shaarey Zedek Endowment Fund or the Greater Lansing Jewish Welfare Federation, 360 Charles Street, East Lansing, Michigan 48823. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.