Kermit J. Gilbert
Kermit J. Gilbert, 95, of Bethlehem, died peacefully on Sunday, February 17, 2013, surrounded by his loving family and in the care of St. Lukes Hospice. Kermit was a WWII
veteran who served in the United States Marine Corps
. He was in the 5th Marine Division deployed to the South Pacific. During the Battle of Iwo Jima, he witnessed the flag raising on top of Mt. Suribachi (depicted in the famous photo and the United States Marine Corp War Memorial in Arlington, VA). Kermit worked at the Bethlehem Steel for 35 years, retiring in 1981. He was an avid hunter and fly fisherman and general lover of the outdoors. After retirement, he became an accomplished wood refinisher. With his abundance of patience, knowledge and innate perfectionism, he brought countless pieces of worn antique furniture back to their original life and beauty. Survivors:
His wife, Lillie (George) to whom he was married 69 years; three children, Mary, Lois and Tom; a brother, Quentin and his wife, Jane; sister-in-law, Gertrude; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews throughout the country. Services:
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 9 a.m. in the Chapman Quarries United Methodist Church, 1433 Main St., Bath, PA 18014, followed by a brunch in the Fellowship Hall. There will be no calling hours. Interment will be private.