Beaverton Historical Society
Gladwin County Obituary/Death Notice
Gene Gilbert

   Gene Francis Gilbert, age 80, passed to the next world on Thursday, March 16, 2006 surrounded by his loving family. Gene was devoted to his family, a loyal and committed friend, and a passionate educator and coach.He was very proud of the life successes of the young people he influenced through his years of education and coaching.

   He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1944. Following the end of World War II, he went to the College of Emporia Kansas where he met and married his wife of 56 years, Maurine (Pierce) Gilbert. Gene taught high school, coached high school sports and was a guidance counselor throughout the country. He was especially fond of the years he spent in Gladwin (1957 - 1962) where he led his teams to three football championships and had two 7-1 seasons. He retired from education in 1986.

   In retirement, Gene spent time traveling, fishing with his son and enjoying his family. Gene will be greatly missed and will continue to live on in the memories of those he touched.

   He is survived by his wife, Maurine Gilbert of Lansing; son, Ryan Gilbert of DeWitt; daughter, Rene' (Orrick) Ewing of Lansing and two grandchildren, Devonte' and Danielle Ewing. His mother, Zola (Eaton Gilbert) VanPool; stepfather, Frank VanPool; and father, Floyd Gilbert preceded him in death.

   Gene's family will honor his wishes of a private passing. Condolences may be sent to Gilbert Family, 4320 Dell Road, Lansing, MI 48911.

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Gladwin County Record, Gladwin, MI
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September 2009
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