Dick Gillings

Davison, formerly of Flint & Prescott
April 9, 1933 - May 4, 2018


Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at the Buresh Funeral Home from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Service Location

Buresh Funeral Home- Prescott


Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 1:00 pm at the Buresh Funeral Home in Prescott.

Obituary Notice

Richard Duane "Dick" Gillings, age 85, of Davison, formerly of Flint and Prescott, passed away at his home on Friday, May 4, 2018. He was born on April 9, 1933 on the family farm in Prescott to Harlow & Esther (Hall) Gillings. He graduated from Sterling High School in 1951. He married Helen Norton on July 3, 1954. Dick was drafted into the US Army in 1954 where he served in Germany. He also served in the reserves until 1962. He worked for General Motors in Flint at the Truck & Bus Plant until he retired in 1985. Dick loved to hunt, fish and enter canoe races. He enjoyed traveling with Helen, going to the casinos and playing dice. He loved spending time with his family and attending his grandchildren's sporting events. At one time he coached his grandson Dillon's baseball team and that year they won the championship. Dick was a generous and loving man with a positive attitude. He thoroughly enjoyed telling stories. He was a member of the Hopewell Baptist Church in Davison and the VFW Post in Burton.

Dick is survived by his daughter, Jennie (Dave) Welliver of Davison; son, Rick Gillings of Prescott; grandchildren, Eric (Ashley)Mulcahy of East Lansing, Bridget (Matt) Dipzinski of Grand Blanc, Amanda Welliver of Davison, Dillon Welliver of Davison, Mindy Elrod of Lincoln; great grandchidren, Alexis & Sebashton Carpenter and Mila & Cooper Dipzinski; brother, Robert (Connie) Gillings of Oscoda; cousin, Jerry (Velda) Hall of prescott, many nieces & nephews; special friends, Richard & Donna Eymer, Larry & Janet Eymer; great neighbors, Dan, Shawn, Glenda and Marcie. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Helen in 2011; son, Kent in 1961; brothers, William in 2007 and Harlow in 2015. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.


Richland Township Cemetery


Sending my sympathy to Dick's family. Many happy memories of Dick since childhood as well as wedding of Dick and Helen. One very enjoyable memory was at my Flint home while having lunch with Dick and Helen and three other couples who have been my friends all my life. Another memory was a talent show at Prescott Theater where Dick sang beautifully while a malfunctioning sound system made "Lady of Spain" into "Lady of Pain".
— Wanda Currie Mrohs
Rick, Jenny and family,
I’m so sorry and so sad to hear of the loss of your dad.
He was a very kind, sweet and giving person. He came to visit me after his trip to Prescott, said he had a wonderful time. I will miss him very much. May God
be with all of you through this difficult time.
— Sue Lockhart @ Scottis Restaurant
So sorry for your loss. Prayers for all of you during this difficult time.
— Sherry Heal-Eschenwick
Jennie, I was saddened to hear that your father passed away, and even more moved when I saw the many special pictures and stories on Facebook that were shared by you and your family. I was especially touched by the picture of him watching his granddaughter play with her doll house after she requested him to do so. What a sweetheart! He sounds like an extraordinary person who I'm sure will be deeply missed.
— Melanie Kolacheck
So sorry for your loss. One of my favorite regulars at Big Boy. Great conversations & memories of him. He won’t be forgotten ❤️
— Stephanie Rohm
Thinking of you and yours, Jennie, as you celebrate your father's remarkable journey and life.
— Katie Kiacz
Jennie, we are so saddened to hear of Dick's passing. We are praying for all of you and we love you all and are sorry we can't be there with you. God Bless, Mark, Bonnie and Kria.
— Mark Welliver
Rick & Jennie, we are so sorry for the loss of your Dad. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
— Chris & Cherie Daly

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