Gerald (Jerry) Wesley Gilbert passed away on July 18, 2021 at the age of 92. He was born on May 1, 1929 in Lansing, Michigan to Owen G. Gilbert and Vernie (Laningham). Jerry graduated from Portland High School in 1948.
Jerry was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great grandfather. He is survived by his wife, Judy Teller Gilbert; daughters Karen (Ken) Oesch, Nancy (Gordon) Cannon, and Marilyn (Kyle) Goodemoot, Jennifer Teller Sherman (Steve) and son-in-law, Steve Buche and Jerry is also survived by 10 grandchildren: Keith (Clayton) Cannon, Mark Oesch (Andrew George), Nikki Charriere, Jim (Jami) Oesch, Kerry (Jason) McConnell, Lance (Kristen) Goodemoot, Lea (Chad) Osborne, Linsey (Darrell) Dykhouse, Jessica Buche, Emily (Andy) Spitzley; and three grandchildren by marriage; Isabel, Lauren and Noah Felton; 25 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren. Jerry was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Janet (Sandborn) Gilbert; daughter, Peggy Buche; and great-grandson, Joshua Harold.
Gerald enjoyed spending his winters fishing in south Texas, hunting, and restoring antique Oliver tractors. He enjoyed a good game of Euchre. He worked as a tinsmith for Oldsmobile for 30 years; sold seed for Amcorn, Cornbelt, and Stuart’s Seed for a decade; and farmed for more than 60 years. He was a life-long member of the Sunfield United Methodist Church, serving his church, community and God as a youth leader, Sunday school teacher, layman, and trustee. Jerry was devoted to his family, leading them with great pride and integrity. He was loved and respected by all who knew him.
A celebration of Gerald’s life will be held on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at Sunfield United Methodist Church at 11:00 am. Visitation will be 10am to 11am Thursday, July 22, 2021 also at the Church. Following this service, interment will be in the East Sebewa Cemetery. A luncheon will be provided at Sunfield United Methodist Church. The pallbearers will be Mark Oesch, Andrew George, Lance Goodemoot, James Oesch, Andrew Spitzley, Darrell Dykehouse, Jason McConnell and Chad Osborne. Honorary pallbearer will be Noah Felton.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to the Lake Odessa Little League, Ionia County Dolly Parton Imagination Library, and the Sunfield United Methodist Church.
Please visit the special web page made for Gerald to leave a condolence or light a candle: www.RosierFuneralHome.com.
The family has entrusted the arrangements to the Independent Family-Owned Funeral Home in Sunfield: Rosier Funeral Home.
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Sunfield United Methodist Church
227 Logan St., Sunfield MI 48890
Lake Odessa Little League
Ionia Co. Dolly Parton Imagination Library