Bill Gilbert (1926 - 2014)

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Bill Gilbert
November 2, 1926 - December 30, 2014
Bill Gilbert, age 88, long time resident of Caldwell, Idaho, died Tuesday, December 30, 2014 of natural causes. He is survived by his three children, daughter, Helen Elizabeth Kable and husband Charles of Herndon, VA, son, Terry Scott Gilbert of Caldwell, ID, and son Billy Tim Gilbert and wife Robin of Caldwell, ID. He also leaves behind his dear wife, Arlene Gilbert of St. George, UT, sister, Mary Jane Berneche of Price, UT, nine grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren. Bill was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mary Maxine Gilbert, sons, Thomas and Warren Foreman, his parents, Bernie and Mary Etta Gilbert; and two brothers, Bernie Glinn Gilbert, and Ralph "Sonny" Gilbert.
Bill was born in Sumiton, AL on November 2, 1926, the fourth of five children to Namon Bernie and Mary Etta Gilbert. He spent his early years in Price, UT where his father worked in the coal mining industry. Bill enlisted in the US Navy in 1944 at the premature age of 17, serving his country for several years. He was stationed out of San Diego, CA on a FRAN Class Destroyer, the USS Gregory "DD-802" as a torpedoman under the command of Bruce McCandless. Although Bill saw no WWII combat, he asserted that he engaged in much hand-to-hand combat in San Diego and Tijuana.
Bill moved to Caldwell, Idaho in June of 1950, where he met and married Maxine Sayre Foreman, who had three children, Warren, Helen and Tom, from a previous marriage. Bill and Maxine added two children to their family, Terry and Tim. After 39 years of marriage, Maxine died on December 27, 1989. In 1990 after Maxine's passing, Bill rekindled a high school romance and married Doris Arlene Thomas Gardner. For the next 24 years she and Bill made their home in Caldwell and graciously hosted large and warm family gatherings. They worked in partnership at home and in business.
During his 64 years in Caldwell, Bill owned and operated several businesses including an auto body and paint shop, Gilbert Fibercraft Boats, and Idaho Salvage Pool. Gilbert Boats were of the first fiberglass boats to break through in competition with the wood hulled boats in the 50's. Several of these masterpieces are still running on Idaho lakes today. The State of Idaho Department of Insurance employed Bill as the Deputy Commissioner and Chief Investigator for five years. From 1970 till death, he developed and managed numerous commercial properties throughout Caldwell.
Bill was well cared for during the last year of his life by the kind people at Home Sweet Home, of Homecare Solutions, Inc. in Nampa, ID. Services are under the direction of Dakan Funeral Chapel in Caldwell, ID. A memorial service will be held Monday, January 5, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. followed by graveside services at Canyon Hill Cemetery. After interment, family and friends are invited to share in a light lunch and conversation at Caldwell Elks Lodge on North Kimball Avenue.
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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Jan. 3, 2015
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