SHAVERTOWN — William H. Gilbertson, 90, of Shavertown, died Thursday evening, March 6, 2014, at the Department of Veterans Affairs Hospice Center, Wilkes-Barre, with his family by his side.
Bill was born in Plymouth, a son of the late Laura Potter Gilbertson and William Gilbertson.
He was a decorated veteran of World War II, serving in Europe. He landed on the beaches of Normandy just days after D-Day and served until the end of the war, earning numerous awards including the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for bravery. Bill was often in harm's way serving as a forward observer.
After serving his country, Bill honed his carpentry skills at the former Ruggles Lumber Co. in Luzerne.
Later, Bill took his talents to the Washington, D.C., area and traveled across the United States. Bill helped build many major museum exhibit centers as well as several presidential libraries, including the JFK, LBJ and Jimmy Carter memorial libraries.
Bill had a way of touching everyone he met, especially his caregivers. He especially cherished the friendship and care received from Joan at home. The family would like to thank the staff at Lakeside Nursing Home, the staff at Geisinger Wyoming Valley and the caregivers at the Department of Veterans Affairs Hospice for making his final journey peaceful.
He was preceded in death by his longtime partner, Madelene Nugent; two sisters, Arlene King and Delcima Fink.
Bill is survived by his first wife, Alberta Harris Schuler, Hanover Township.; sons, Melvin Gilbertson, Harveys Lake; Roger Gilbertson and his wife, Helen, Sweet Valley; Kevin Gilbertson and his wife, Joan, Shavertown; grandchildren, Isaih Gilbertson, Hanover Township; Jennifer Gilbertson, Thornhurst; Mathew Gilbertson, Orlando, Fla.; Kevin Gilbertson Jr., Kingston, and Maggie Gilbertson, Shavertown; four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Private services will be at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wyoming Valley Children's Association, 1133 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, PA 18704.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Harold C. Snowdon Funeral Home Inc., 140 N. Main St., Shavertown.