Waldo A. Gilbert, 94, of Rushsylvania, passed away at his residence on Sunday, February 23, 2014.
He was born in Rushsylvania on January 12, 1920 to the late James C. and Charlotte Belle (Ansley) Gilbert.
On November 22, 1945 he married Dorothy M. Ward at the Hopewell Church in Bellefontaine and she preceded him in death on August 9, 2005. He is also preceded in death by his siblings, Wilda Reed, Ethel Abbott, Johnson E., Kenneth D., Wilbur J., George, and Herbert Gilbert.
A 1940 graduate of the Rushsylvania High School, Waldo entered the Army on November 17, 1941 and served until he was honorable discharged on January 1, 1945. He was in the Co. F 198 Inf. Div. 41st Div., serving 31 months overseas, in the Papuan and the New Guinea Campaigns. Waldo was one of the last surviving WWII Veterans of Logan County.
After returning from WWII, Waldo worked on the family farm for many years. He worked for the Department of Natural Resources at the Indian Lake State Park in the late 70’s to the mid 80’s. He and his wife tended the cemeteries in Rushcreek Township for 13 ½ years. He was a member of the Charles J. Kimmel Jr. Post #722.
Although they had no children of their own, they had many devoted nieces and nephews.
A special thank you to Beverly Patrick, Joyce Patterson, and the James Blanton family for their loving care.
Pastor Bryan Meadows will officiate a 1:00 pm service on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at the Eichholtz Funeral Home in Bellefontaine where friends may call from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. prior to the service. Burial will be in the Highland Memorial Cemetery, West Liberty with U.S. flag presentation by the Logan County Veterans Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hopewell United Methodist Church, Salvation Army, or Wounded Warrior Project.
Condolences may be expressed at www.edsfh.com.