Joe R. Gilbert, age 78, passed away at Stark Memorial Hospital in Knox,Indiana. He was a resident of Knox and of Brown County.
Joe was born February 11, 1933 in Burkesville, KY to the late Wid & Fannie (Bunch) Gilbert. He served as a Corporal with the United States Army from 1953 to 1955. Joe went on to work for General Motors and retire after more than 34 years as a Grinder.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Virginia M. (Fox) Leonard, whom he married on October 8, 1951 in Anderson. Also surviving are his five children: Janice (husband, Doug) Taylor of Eastern, KY, Joanna Brancheau of Muncie, Sherry Lane of Elwood, William Gilbert of Frankton & Cameron R. (wife, Julie) of Knox. Joe will be remembered by his sister: Mary Elizabeth Dyer of Tennessee; one brother: Keith Gilbert of Burkesville, KY, eight grandchildren & seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his siblings: Jessie Scott, Betty Sue Kessling, Shelby Gilbert, John Gilbert and Maxine Wells.
Joe was a member of the Local UAW 662 Union and attended the Calvary Baptist Church in Knox. He enjoyed working on his property in BrownCounty, playing euchre, and helping the elderly with odd jobs. Joe was a fan of the Indianapolis Colts, as well as, Indiana University and University of Louisville basketball.
The Rev. Brian Pinson will conduct a Funeral Service 1 pm Friday at Meredith – Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry Street in Morgantown. Friends may call from 12 pm until service time on Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Goshen Cemetery in Brown County. Military Graveside rights will be presented by the Brown County Veterans of foreign Wars and American Legion Honor Guards.
Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Joe to the St. Jude's Children's Hospital, 501 S. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Expressions of caring and kindness can be made to the Gilbert family at www.meredith-clark.com.