Obituary for Joe R Gilbert

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Joe R Gilbert

February 11, 1933 - November 21, 2011

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.

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Born: February 11, 1933
Died: November 21, 2011

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Clark Harless posted on 1/1/00

Cameron, Julie, Shelby and Hunter, You have all of our deepest condolences on the passing of your Father and Grandfather. We love your family very much and will continue to pray that God will bring comfort and encouragement as the days move ahead. God Bless. Clark, Raechelle, and Kennedy Harless


Tracy Dorsett posted on 1/1/00

I am so sorry for your loss. Joe was a good man and will be missed by many.


Larry Mullins posted on 1/1/00

I am thinking of you all and praying for God to help you through this tough time. Cameron, I love you like a brother and I am here for you, Julie, Shelby and Hunter if you ever need me!!! Sincerely, Larry Mullins


David Coon posted on 1/1/00

Bill, I am very sorry about your dad. If there is anything that I can do to help you or your family, please don't hesitate to ask. Give me a call 765-216-6919. Take care buddy. David Coon


Donna Barnette [Craig posted on 1/1/00


Jane Mroz Brock posted on 1/1/00

Janice and family, So sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. I remember him taking us to basketball games. He was such a nice guy. Prayers and thoughts are with you