Richard B. (Dick) Gilbert, 88, of Webster City, long time resident of Fort Dodge, was called home to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 8, 2012 at Van Diest Medical Center in Webster City.
The service honoring Richard's life will be 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 11 at Epworth United Methodist Church in Fort Dodge with the Rev. Kathy Kluis officiating. Interment will be in North Lawn Cemetery. The visitation is Tuesday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Gunderson Funeral Home & Cremation Services Fort Dodge. Memorials may be directed to the discretion of the family.
Richard is survived by his wife of 67 years Jean; children, Larry (Paulelda) Gilbert, Fort Dodge; Ron (Connie) Gilbert, Webster City; Pearl (Dan) Brown, Webster City; Jim (Deb) Gilbert, Fort Dodge; and Gary Gilbert, Fort Dodge; 15 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Kenny.
Richard B. Gilbert
Richard Bert Gilbert, the son of Bert V. and Dorothy Mae (Altman) Gilbert, was born March 18, 1923 in Omaha, NE. At a young age, Richard and his family moved to Fort Dodge where he attended school. On February 20, 1944, Richard was united in marriage to Norma Jean Fowler in Fort Dodge. He was employed with National Gypsum Company, Vincent Clay Products and Shimkat Motors. He also owned and operated Dick's DX Station. In 1959, he began employment with the Chicago North Western Railroad and was a diesel machinist. He retired in 1985.
Richard was a 66 year member of Epworth United Methodist Church where he served on the Board of Trustees and Administrative Board. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, working on cars and woodworking. He had an extensive set of tools. He appreciated music and had an open-door policy when it came to anyone who wanted a cup of coffee. Richard and Jean lived in the home they themselves built, from 1950 until 2010. Richard especially treasured time spent with his family.