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David Gillson, 72, of Orleans, passed away Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at home under the care of his wife, Dona, and Spectrum Health Hospice.

The son of George & Doris (Wheeler) Gillson, he was born November 3, 1944 in Ionia.

On September 26, 1969, in Jasper, Texas, he married Dona Furman and together, they enjoyed 47 years of marriage. David was a proud veteran of the United States Army, serving during the Vietnam Era with his canine partner, Gretchen.

David was preceded in death by his parents. Surviving are his wife Dona; his children, Mark Gillson, Garet Gillson, Michael Gillson, and Robert Cooper; his brother, Craig & Starr Gillson, of Sheridan; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A private family gathering will be held at a later date.

Honoring his wishes, cremation will take place.  To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign David's online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Arrangements were entrusted to Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville.


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  1. Sue Crisp and Dan Jansen on August 31, 2017 at 12:00 am

    We met Dave and Dona in FL a few years ago and immediately became friends. Dave was a great guy with a great sense of humor. Our sincere condolences to Dona and family.

  2. Laura Stewart on August 31, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Dona-I am so sorry to hear about David’s passing. I know you and he had many (47!) years of happy memories. I believe at a time like this your memories-and being able to talk about them-are what keeps you going.

    Prayers to you and your whole family. Lean on them a little now.
    Love-Chuck and Laura

  3. Gordon Douglas on September 4, 2017 at 12:00 am

    I am sorry for you loss and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Tim tobias on September 4, 2017 at 12:00 am

    So very sorry to hear of Daves Passing.He was a Great man.and always treated Everyone with Respect

  5. Dave and Sug Pinnow on October 23, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Dona, so sorry for your loss. We just heard of Dave’s passing this morning. I wasn’t sure if you were living here or in Florida, I think the last I had talked with you was that you were heading to Florida. Our sincere condolences to you and your family.

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