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Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home
Monday December 28th, 2015
5:00pm - 8:00pm

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First Brethren Church, Gratis
Tuesday December 29th, 2015

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Joe Gilbert

GILBERT, Joseph Ezra, age 98 of Eaton, OH.,  formerly of West Alexandria, passed away December 24, 2015 in Eaton, OH.  He was born in Preble County on August 18, 1917, the son of George and Alma (Guntle) Gilbert.  He was a 1936 graduate of West Alexandria High School, West Alexandria volunteer fireman for forty years, retiring as Captain.  He was one of the men who worked long and hard on the restoration of the Roberts Covered Bridge, member of the Preble County Historical society, and Friends of the West Alexandria Library.  He volunteered at the Brethren Heritage Center.  He was preceded in death by his first wife, Eunice Snodgrass Gilbert, sisters, Martha Gilbert Miller and Mary Gilbert Stevens, brothers, Sherman Gilbert and Daniel Gilbert, step-son, Forrest “Skip” Reeves.  He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Audrey; children, Alma Kemper, Englewood, OH., John Gilbert, Greenville, SC, step-daughter, Laura Reeves, Holbrook, MA, grandchildren, Joe (Missy) Kemper, Englewood, OH., John (Deena) Kemper, Dayton, OH., Kevin (Brianna) Kemper, Pickerington, OH., Sarah (Douglas) Murray, Atlanta, GA., Drew Gilbert, Columbia, SC., step-granddaughter, B. Kathleen (Michael) Mukavetz, Westerville, OH., great-grandchildren, Mary and Lily Kemper, Englewood, OH., Dylan and Alec Kemper, Tipp City, OH., Taylor and Olivia Sirch, Dayton, OH., Aidan and Zoe Kemper, Pickerington, OH., Thomas, Julie and Elizabeth Murray of Atlanta, GA., step-great grandchildren, Aidan and Karina Mukavetz, Westerville, OH., great-great granddaughter, Skyler Rose Kemper, Troy, OH., sister, Elizabeth Gilbert Bowser, West Alexandria, OH, OH. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Tues. Dec. 29, 2015 at Gratis First Brethren Church with Rev. Robert Shannon officiating.  Friends may call at the Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home in West Alexandria, OH. on Monday, Dec. 28, 2015 from 5-8pm. and one hour prior to the funeral at the church on Tues.  Burial will be in Sugar Grove Cemetery, West Alexandria, OH.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gratis First Brethren Church.  For condolences: www.lindloffzimmerman.com

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So sorry of the loss of your Dad and husband. Our prayers are with you Joe is in a great place, some day we will all be there. Our condolence to all of you. Bingo and Judy Wright.

Phillip and Judy Wright Jan 3 2016 12:00 AM

Audrey and family,
        So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers.

Pam Weaver Dec 28 2015 12:00 AM

Dear Audrey, We are so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. What a wonderful kind and loving man he was. Norm and I speak often of how kind he was to Norm's dad and we feel he and the other gentlemen from First Brethren in West Alexandria were a big part of Norm's dad becoming a Christian. Seeing Joe's example of Christian love and good will. God Bless you, Love in Christ, Bev and Norm

Norm and Bev Howard Dec 28 2015 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of your loss.  Joe was an outstanding example of a citizen.  Many hugs and prayers to all of you at this time.  NICKI  (Laura's friend and classmate)

Nicki Napier Alfrey Dec 27 2015 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear Joe has passed.  Prayers for the family.

Lucy Presley Harmon Dec 27 2015 12:00 AM

My deepest condolences for the loss of your loved one. The Hearer of prayer promises to give holy spirit to his servants who sincerely ask for it. (Psalm 65:2) That holy spirit can equip you with the power beyond what is normal to endure your time of grief. Always remember that God can help his faithful servants cope with any and every problem they may face.

DH Dec 27 2015 12:00 AM

My most sincere condolences to all of the extended Gilbert family.

Stewart Brams Dec 26 2015 12:00 AM

Audrey, Alma, John and Laura our Sympathy to you and the family in the loss of Joe.  He was a great man to his  his family, his community and to his many friends.  I prayer is that all the great memories of the past will help ease the pain in his loss.   Prayers to each of you.

Jean & Larry Dawson Dec 26 2015 12:00 AM

Aunt Audrey, Alma, John and Laura, So sorry to hear of Uncle Joe's passing. He will be missed by all of his family and friends. Heaven got a little sweeter Christmas Eve. Now he is waiting for us to join him. God bless each. Love, Loretta

Loretta Clemmer Dec 26 2015 12:00 AM