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MARCH 7, 2011

Ray N. Gilbert, 86, passed away Monday, March 7, 2011 at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home in Fort Wayne. Born in Hartford City, IN, Raymond received his Bachelors and Masters degrees and worked as an Athletic Director and Coach with East Allen County Schools for 36 years, retiring in 1984. He was a 1st Lieutenant Pilot with the United States Air Force, a member of Woodburn United Methodist Church, American Legion Post #409, the Cypress Lake Country Club and the Cedar Creek Golf Club. Ray was an avid golfer who enjoyed playing tennis and travelling and is survived by his wife, Norma J. Gilbert of Fort Wayne; son, David (Cheri) Gilbert of Leo; daughter, Linda (Tom) Cromwell of West Unity, OH; granddaughters, Lisa (Dayne) Conley of Dublin, OH, Lora (Jim) Mahony of Adrian, MI, Morgan Gilbert of Leo and Brooke Gilbert of Indianapolis; grandson, Justin (Miranda) Cromwell of Urbana, OH; 4 great-grandsons and 2 great-granddaughters; brother, Michael (Christina) Gilbert of Ossian, IN. Raymond was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Clara Gilbert. Service is 11am Thursday at D. O. McComb and Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road, Rev. Terry McDonald officiating, with calling one hour prior. Visitation Wednesday 2 to 4pm and 6 to 8pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Woodburn United Methodist Church or Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, 5910 Homestead Rd. To sign the online guest book, go to www.mccombandsons.com.

Published in The News-Press on Mar. 9, 2011
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