Richard "Dick" Gilbert (1934 - 2018)

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April 15, 1934 - September 5, 2018

A celebration of life service will be held September 15 for Richard "Dick" Gilbert, 84, who passed away surrounded by his family at Peter Moore Hospice House in Eugene. The youngest son of Arthur and Mary Evangeline Belding Gilbert, Richard was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon where he had a 45+ year career in the real estate industry.

Richard grew up learning to be a carpenter and working in construction with his father and older brothers in Arthur M. Gilbert & Sons Construction. He graduated from Lodi Academy in Lodi, California in 1953. After high school he attended college, married and joined the army where he proudly served with the White Coats as a conscientious objector from 1957-1959. Afterwards he moved back west to Arbuckle, CA where he worked as an almond farmer before finally returning to his hometown, Eugene, where he began working for Breeden Bros. Home Construction.

Dick Gilbert as he was better known by his clients, colleagues, and community, began a successful career in real estate sales and investment and by 1976 he opened Gilbert Realty which specialized in residential real estate. Eventually he became a commercial broker until he retired in 2012. During his career, he served on the Board of Realtors, was a member of the Million Dollar Club of Lane County and won numerous awards including Realtor of the Year. He also very much enjoyed the years he served on the board of Goodwill Industries of Eugene.

Richard was an avid UO Duck fan and a supporter of their football program. He was an active church member and he enthusiastically embarked on several mission trips over the years with Maranatha Volunteers International. He also loved to spend time in nature, working in his yard and on building projects, driving his tractor, traveling with his wife, Nancy, and most of all visiting with his many beloved friends and family.

Richard had a big heart and an and a strong faith. Above all, he understood that life was a gift from God, and that it should be lived to its fullest. Known for his integrity and desire to inspire others, Richard was a caring and outgoing man who always had a positive attitude.

Richard is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Nancy Gilbert and her two children, Wendy (Chad) Zacharias and Andy Keefe; his twin daughters, Kristin (Mark) Wall and Gretchen (Ricky) Virk from his second wife, Roxanne Gilbert; his two children, Don (Danette) Gilbert and Stephanie (Zane) Kesey from his first wife, Margaret Moore; six grandchildren (Justin Gilbert, Caleb Kesey, Alec and Alyssa Virk, Madisen and Conor McConnell, Grace and Faith Zacharias); and two great grandchildren (Amy and Ivan Gilbert).

Saturday's service will be at 2:00 p.m. at the Springfield Seventh-Day Adventist (SDA) Church. Andreason's Cremation & Burial Service is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Maranatha Volunteers International 990 Reserve Drive, Suite 100, Roseville, CA 95678-1387 or Ethiopian Orphanage Support Fund via Springfield SDA Church.

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Published in Eugene Register-Guard on Sept. 13, 2018
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