Stanley P. Gilbert

Born: Tue., Jul. 27, 1937
Died: Sat., Feb. 9, 2013

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Stanley P. Gilbert, 75, was called home by his Lord and Savior on Saturday, February 9, 2013. Stan was born July 27, 1937 to Donald and Lelah (Eyster) Gilbert at the Gilbert Homestead near Metz, where he was residing at the time of his death. He was a 1955 graduate of Metz High School where he participated in sports and music. He married Elizabeth Lautzenhiser on December 16, 1956 at the Metz Christian Church where he served as a teacher, elder and trustee. Stan was the owner and operator of the family farm and also worked as a journeyman carpenter. He graduated with high honors from Ivy Tech in 1993, and retired from TransGuard in 2000. Stan always lived life to the fullest. He loved to travel and made friends wherever he went. He had a big heart, which was evident in his love for children and young people. His home was a favorite gathering place for his grandchildren and their friends. He was also known for having a great sense of humor. He was a charter member of the Metz Volunteer Fire Department where he had served as Fire Chief and was one of the department's first EMTs. He was active in the National Farmers' Organization, and served on several boards including Indiana Foster Care and Adoption, Steuben County REMC, Metz Christian Church and Lake James Christian Assembly. He also advocated for children as a CASA volunteer, and for the unborn through Northeastern Indiana Right to Life. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, of Metz, one son, Scott (Shalometh) Gilbert of Englewood, CO, eight daughters, including Laurie Smith of Grand Ledge, MI, Julie (Tom) Friend of Pleasant Lake, IN, Pam (Gary) Greenwood of Butler, IN, Tam (Rick) Myers of Hamilton, IN, Becky Gilbert of Hamilton, IN, Lisa (Jim) Longino of Fayetteville, AR, Connie (Danny) Devers of Muncie, IN and Bobbianne (Donnie) Andersen of Dayton, TN. Stanley was also "Dad" to Frank (Amanda) Stetler of Angola, IN, Denice (Chuck) Mason of Cozad, NE, Nancy Wade of Willits, CA and Roy Wade of Wenatchee, WA. His family also includes twenty-four grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister, Elaine (John) Graham of Fremont, IN and a sister-in-law Shirley (Ned) Somerlott of Metz, IN. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Wendell Gilbert, one son-in-law, Steve Brown, a foster son, Danny Wade and a grandson, Owen Wynne-Wade. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at the Weicht Funeral Home from 2PM-8PM, with a walk-through by the Steuben County Volunteer Firemen at 6:00 PM. The funeral service will be held at the Metz Christian Church on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 11:00 AM with one hour of visitation prior to the service. Michael Hesterman, Stan's pastor and friend, will be officiating. Burial will follow at the Metz Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Mr. Gilbert's sons, sons-in-law and grandsons. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Lake James Christian Assembly.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Lake James Christian Assembly.

2:00PM to 8:00PM on Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 at Weicht Funeral Home (map/driving directions)

6:00PM to 6:15PM on Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 at Firemen walk thru during visitation (map/driving directions)

10:00AM to 11:00AM on Thursday, February 14th, 2013 at Metz Christian Church (map/driving directions)

11:00AM at Metz Christian Church on Thursday, February 14th, 2013 (map/driving directions)

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Metz, IN (map/driving directions)

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V. J. Glover - February 11th, 2013 at 1:51pm - Email
The neighborhood will miss Stan and the work he did for the community. He was a good neighbor. I will keep his family in my prayers. God Bless. V.J.

Stan and Anne Ferguson - February 11th, 2013 at 4:03pm - Email
Dear Elizabeth, We were so sorry to hear of Stan's passing. We are away for the month of February and will miss telling you in person how we always enjoyed Stan's humor and his loving and caring nature toward our CASA children. You and your family are in our prayers, Stan & Anne Fergyson

Joe and Bette Rubinstein - February 11th, 2013 at 6:12pm - Email
Dear Elizabeth and family, Our hearts are with you. We know you can take comfort in the legacy of kindness, caring and good cheer Stan delivered throughout his life. He certainly was beloved by many and will be sorely missed. Love, Joe and Bette Rubinstein

Billie (Cleverly) Oliver - February 11th, 2013 at 8:30pm - Email
My heartfelt condolences to the entire Gilbert Family on the loss of Stanley.

Pati Pierce Miller - February 11th, 2013 at 8:39pm - Email
sending prayers to the family...Our family went to school with Stanley at Metz. The Pierce Family....Bill, Pati, Laura and Janet

Sue (Cleverly) Parj - February 12th, 2013 at 11:39am - Email
Elizabeth, Sorry to hear the loss of Stanley. I can still see him driving by my mom & dad's house on the tractor always waving. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and the family. God Bless,

Denny Myers - February 13th, 2013 at 7:05am - Email
I'm sorry for your lose, Janlyn and I will be praying for all the family. Love and miss you guy's Denny

Adrienne Treesh - February 13th, 2013 at 8:23am - Email
My thoughts are with you, Elizabeth, and your family. I've always adored Stan and his wicked sense of humor and the world is a less funny place without him.

Angela Mast - February 13th, 2013 at 4:28pm - Email
My prayers and thoughts are with your family. May God lay wrap his arms around each of you to give you peace in your time of grief. Prayer and love, Ange Mast

Jim, Erren, and Alli West - February 13th, 2013 at 8:14pm - Email
Gilbert family, Stan was a great man and we are blessed to have known him.

Jean Tidwell (aka, Willie Jean Smith) and Shelley - February 14th, 2013 at 12:50am - Email
Elizabeth, Shelley and I want to extend our sympathy to you and your family. We were sorry to hear about the passing of Stanley but he is in a much better place.

Patti Rose - March 4th, 2013 at 12:35pm - Email
Have been thinking about the family for a while now. Would like to extend my sympathy to each member. Elizabeth if you need anything please feel free to give me a call. Miss seeing you. Patti Rose 260 667 4486 260 475 5133

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