Jerry Curtis Gilbert, 75, of Lorain, passed away on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at St. John Medical Center in Westlake OH after a brief illness.
He confessed Christ at an early age and attended services at Triumphant Church the Kingdom of God Christ in Barbourville KY and St. Mary's Pentecostal Church of God in Elyria OH.
Jerry, was born in Barbourville KY on March 16, 1938, moving to Lorain County at an early age. He graduated from Elyria High School where he played on the school's basketball, baseball, and track teams. Jerry was especially talented in basketball and continued to play after graduation until his early forties. These activities played a major role in Jerry's life, as he was able to positively influence not only his children, but other young individuals, as a volunteer basketball and baseball coach/mentor. He was also a skilled golfer and his talent and love for the sport allowed him to travel to numerous courses around the U.S.
Jerry worked as an electrician and was owner-operator of EKS Construction. He retired from Gilcrest Electric in 2000. He was also employed as an assistant basketball coach for the Clearview High School varsity basketball team and held a part-time position with Dick's Sporting Goods in the Golf Pro Shop.
Jerry will be sadly missed by his loving wife, Barbara Gilbert (nee Wells); sons, Jerry (Anita) Gilbert Jr. of Sacramento CA, Gene (Brenda) Gilbert, James (Veronica) Gilbert, Jeffrey (Lisa) Gilbert, all of Elyria OH, Eric Gilbert of North Royalton, OH and Kenny Gilbert of Lorain, OH; daughter, Shayla Gilbert of Columbus OH; brothers, Samuel (Ernestine) Gilbert Jr. of Elyria OH, Anthony (Erma) Gilbert of Fairmead CA, Micha (Nadine) Gilbert of Lorain OH; sisters, Valerie (Jerry) Warfield of Lorain OH, Sandra Gilbert of Elyria OH and Olivia Gilbert of Youngstown OH; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; one uncle, Eugene (Midge) Mays and one aunt, Thelma Bledsoe, both of Barbourville KY; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Jerry was preceded in death by infant twin sons, Keith and Kevin Gilbert; loving parents, Samuel and Mary Gilbert; and brothers, Ernest and Allen Pope.
Visitation will be held Friday, May 3, 2013 from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, May 4, from 11 a.m. until time of service at noon at Lake & Walnut Church of Christ, 1101 Lake Ave., Elyria, OH 44035; where Jerome H. Garrison is Minister. Burial will follow in Brookdale Cemetery, Elyria.
Professional services entrusted to Brown-Robinson Funeral Home, 2652 Broadway Ave, Lorain OH 44052; (440) 244-1831.