OLEAN - Henry ""Hank"" Nelson Gilbert, of Brookside Community Apartments, 301 W. Henley St., passed away Wednesday (Oct. 10, 2012) at his home.
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Mr. Gilbert was born July 4, 1917, in Perry, a son of Glen and Mabel Gilbert. On Dec. 31, 1970, in Fort Myers, Fla., he married his wife of 41 years, Evelyn Vansteenburg, who survives.
After graduation, Hank attended a trade school specializing in tool and die manufacturing. Hank later owned and operated Jet Tool & Die Co. of Rochester in partnership with his brother, ""Skip.""
Hank was known as a talented, hard-working man who loved life. He enjoyed traveling, camping, golf, bowling and playing euchre. He also was particularly fond of discussions in both the political and religious realms. An avid listener of Joel Olsteen on TV, Hank was quick to share his thoughts. Above all, Hank was known for his caring ways, delivering Meals on Wheels within the apartments. In 2011, at 93 years old, Hank was awarded the Meals on Wheels American Volunteer Winner for the Southern Tier.
Surviving Mr. Gilbert besides his wife are two brothers, the Rev. Gordon (Linda) Gilbert and Gilbert ""Skip"" Gilbert; a son, Lawrence Gilbert of Hilton; two stepdaughters, Sandra (David) Pettengill of Ischua and Linda (Rick) Petrucelli of Rochester; two stepsons, Randy (Sue) Thomas of Rochester and David Thomas of Tucson, Ariz.; two grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Gilbert was predeceased by his parents; his stepmother, Elizabeth Arva; a brother, Leslie; and two sisters-in-law, Flossie and Connie Gilbert.
Friends are invited to a memorial service to be held at 2 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 20, 2012) in the community room at Brookside Community Apartments, 301 W. Henley St., Olean. The Rev. Robert E. Goode will officiate. Burial will be at Leicester Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Brookside Community Apartments, 301 W. Henley St., Olean, NY 14760; the
, 25 Hazelwood Drive, Buffalo, NY 14228; or Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association, P.O. Box 105 Glenolden, PA 19036. Online condolences may be offered to www.LetroMcIntoshSpinkFuneralHome.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home Inc., 646 E. State St., Olean.
Published in The Olean Times Herald from Oct. 11 to Oct. 16, 2012