Jack W. “Bill” Gaukel

Jack “Bill” Gaukel, 88, of Lansing, MI, passed away on June 15, 2016, at home with his family by his side.  He was born on July 12, 1927, in Lansing, MI, son of Archie and Lottie Gaukel.  Jack “Bill” was a WWII veteran and retired from the Lansing Fire Department in 1983.  Jack “Bill” was also a block and concrete mason in the Lansing area for over 50 years.

He is survived by his wife, Joan (Barry) Gaukel; sons, Barry (Lori) Gaukel of Marathon, FL and Brian (Gena) Gaukel of Holt; grandchildren, Adam (Allison) Gaukel of Williamston, Austin Gaukel and Alex Gaukel both of Holt; and niece, Patsy (Haga) Williams of Lansing.  He was preceded in death by his parents Archie and Lottie and sisters Lorraine and Peggy.

His family would like to recognize and give special thanks to Heart to Heart Hospice for providing excellent care to Jack “Bill” and his family.  Also, they would like to give thanks to Patsy Williams for all of her love and support in caring for Jack “Bill.”

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 18, 2016, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, 325 W. Washtenaw St., Lansing, MI 48933. His family will receive visitors from 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Children’s Miracle Network through the Sparrow Foundation, P.O. Box 30480, Lansing, MI 48909.

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June 15, 2016 at 7:06 pm

“Grampa” Bill was an icon at Poplars Resort in Houghton Lake. He was a good man with a big heart. We missed him when he could no longer come up for the summer season. Now we will miss him on a deeper level. Our condolences to his wife and family.

Paul France family
June 16, 2016 at 3:10 pm

Joan, Barry, Brian and families – You are in our thoughts and prayers as you mourn Bill’s passing and celebrate his life. The kids and I have shared in all of the stories Paul has told of his life growing up next door to Bill in the “best neighborhood” ever! Love and hugs to you all.


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