POMFRET - Graveside services will take place on May 17, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the Prosper Cemetery in Woodstock, for Earl Lucian Gilbert, 94, who passed away on March 24, 2014, in Leesburg, Fla.
Earl was born at home in Pomfret on Nov. 22, 1919. He graduated from Woodstock High School and Bryant & Stratton College. He married Laura LaMountain in 1942. He served in the U.S. Army as a medic during World War II
. They lived and raised their four children in Woodstock. He enjoyed photography, taking many black-and-white pictures and developing them in his darkroom. He was also a member of the Woodstock Lions Club. He moved to Iowa in 1965.
In 1973 he married Shirley Dooley in West Des Moines, Iowa. Earl worked as an accountant, retiring after many years at Blue Cross Blue Shield. While living in Iowa he was an avid gardener, raising many prize-winning dahlias. He also enjoyed woodworking in his shop, building many projects. After Shirley died, he moved back to Vermont.
In 1994 he married Barbara Chase DeCoff. They lived in North Pomfret and wintered in Leesburg, Fla. They enjoyed playing cards, walking on Mount Tom together, going for rides, and watching the Red Sox, the New England Patriots and the Orlando Magic. They attended the North Pomfret Congregational Church and the Lake Eustis Christian Church.
Earl had a special interest in genealogy and spent a lot of time researching the family history. Family was most important to him, and he loved sharing time together, including his large extended family.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Gilbert, of North Pomfret and Leesburg, Fla.; children Carol Merrill (Michael), of Williamstown, Anne Montgomery (Dave), of Montpelier, Betty Powell (Arnold), of Woodstock, Donald Gilbert (Tina), of Woodstock; stepchildren Micki (Dave) Peoples, of Broadway, Va., Andy (Marie) Decoff, of Bennington, Sally (Ronnie) Weglarz, of Pomfret, Peter (Lee) Decoff, of White River Junction; 23 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his parents, Leon and Janet Gilbert; brother Clarence Gilbert; great-grandson Taylor Gilbert; and stepdaughter Mary Jo Balch.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock. Condolences may be offered by visiting cabotfh.com