James A. "Gib" Gilbert Jr., 67, Knarr Street, DuBois, died Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, at his residence.
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Born Jan. 12, 1947, in DuBois, he was the son of the late James A. Gilbert Sr. and Phyllis Nasuti Gilbert.
On July 6, 1968, at the Holy Byzantine Catholic Church in Sykesville, he married LaVerne Sweka Gilbert. She survives.
James graduated from DuBois Area High School in 1965 where he excelled in track, basketball and football.
He enlisted in the United States Air Force from 1965-1969 where he served during the Vietnam War.
Gib worked at Rockwell International Manufacturing for 10 years as a purchaser/buyer. He also owned and operated DuBois Industrial Supply and finished his career working for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and Department of General Services in Harrisburg.
He had a significant impact on the youth in our community having coached hundreds and hundreds of kids in the DuBois area. An avid and passionate sports lover, he played softball for Murray Ford and Hallstrom's in the 1970s. Jim was affiliated with the DuBois Little League for 30 years as a coach, board member, umpire, manager and player. He also coached midget football for the Sykesville Leopards and DuBois Panthers for 10 years. He was an avid fan of wrestling. He was the head coach of the DuBois Junior High football team for five years and led the team to three undefeated seasons. He was also a member of the George D. Montgomery American Legion Post 17 and James J. Patterson Post 813 Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Gib is survived by four children: Andrew Gilbert of DuBois, Becky Pasternak and her husband, Charles, of DuBois, Joel Gilbert and his wife, Camala, of Bellwood and Gretchen Clark and her husband, Jim, of DuBois; two brothers, John Gilbert and his wife, Lenora, of Brockway and Ron Gilbert and his wife, Barb, of Falls Creek; two sisters, Lorrie Yakulis and her fiancé, Tom Reitz, of Stockton, Calif., and Sherry Jewell and her husband, Mike, of Reynoldsville; and eight grandchildren: Casey and Ryan Pasternak, Peyton Gilbert, Adisyn and Carsyn Gilbert and Kaden, Madix and Jimi Clark.
He was preceded in death by his infant grandson, Christopher Clark.
Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, at the Goble Baronick Funeral Home, DuBois.
A Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, from the Holy Trinity Byzantine Catholic Church with the Rev. Fr. Robert Karl as celebrant.
Burial will be in Morningside Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded by the members of the DuBois Area Honor Guard.
Although flowers are appreciated, the family requests memorial donations be placed with the DuBois Little League, PO Box 71, DuBois, PA 15801 and/or the DuBois Area Football Boosters, 1161 Wayne Road, Reynoldsville, PA 15851.
Online condolences may be sent to www.gbfuneralhome.com.
Goble-Baronick Funeral Home Inc
211 S Main St
Du Bois, PA 15801
Published in The Courier Express from Aug. 11 to Aug. 13, 2014