Nov. 7, 1916 - Oct. 25, 2012
Gilbert "Gib" House, of El Centro, died peacefully on Thursday, October 25th at the age of ninety-five.
He was a Native Son, born west of El Centro on the family farm in 1916. His father, Taylor Gilbert House, arrived in the El Centro area in 1901 after serving in the Spanish American War. Gib was the second of eight children born to Taylor and Nan House. Gilbert was a charter member of the El Centro Future Farmers of America in 1930, and his lifetime was devoted to farming and his family. He was also proud of his service as a lifetime volunteer fire fighter for the City of El Centro, and having worked for the City in the Public Works Department during World War II. He walked through the city and read all water meters in 2 days each month and he also changed the light bulb atop the El Centro water tower. Gilbert worked for Lloyd Kline Farms for more than twenty-five years, and then with his brothers and brother-in-law at House and Haskell Farms for the next twenty years. In addition to his family and farming, Gib loved hunting and fishing with his family and friends. Gilbert was predeceased by his wife of fifty years, Opal, in 1989; siblings, Elmer, James, Henry, Thelma Haskell and Betty Fisher.
He is survived by his sons, James (Betty) of Bakersfield, California and Ronald (Jan) of Olney, Maryland; daughter, Sharon Slovak of El Centro; brother, Ray (Marlene) House of Indio, California; sister, Margaret (Bill) Dickson of Lake Arrowhead, California; grandchildren, James House, Jr., Michael Jeffries, Sheryl Castro, Katie House, Jennifer Dessent, Jessica McFadden and Sarah Wu; great-grandchildren, Finn, Madelaine and Paxton House, Caitlin and Audrey Dessent, Charles, Eve and Alice McFadden; and Abigail Wu; sister-in-law, Karye House; brother-in-law Raymond Fisher.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 1, at 9 a.m. at Hems Brothers Mortuary in El Centro. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your local chapter of Future Farmers of America or the