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February 17, 2018

1/24/2018 9:38:00 AM
Celebration of Life for Larry Gilbert Jan. 26 at St. John's

The Celebration of Life for Larry L. Gilbert, 78, of Stewartville, will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Lyle Fritsch officiating. Burial will take place at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery in rural Elmore.
Mr. Gilbert died on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 of natural causes at his home in Stewartville.
Larry Lee Gilbert was born on March 8, 1939 in Buffalo Center, Iowa to Harvey and Bertha (Janssen) Gilbert. He grew up on the family farm and attended Buffalo Center High School, graduating in 1958. He was employed for a few years at the Buffalo Center Cooperative Creamery as a buttermaker.
Larry was married on Sept. 8, 1961 at St. John's Lutheran Church in rural Elmore, to Joyce A. Ehrich. The couple moved to Springfield where Larry was employed as the manager at the Springfield Creamery. They next lived in Faribault while he was employed in sales at Cresthaven Ice Cream. The Gilberts moved to Stewartville in 1966 where Larry was manager of the Stewartville Cooperative Creamery until its closing and where they raised their boys and have continued to make their home. Larry was employed at American Linen in Rochester as a route driver and salesman for 33 years, a job he thoroughly enjoyed until his retirement in 2002. The Gilbert family also owned and operated Gilbert's Concession Stand on mainstreet in Stewartville for a number of years, serving everything from tacos to popcorn. Joyce was a homemaker and was employed as a teacher's aide at Bonner Elementary school in Stewartville for a few years. After returning to college, she earned her CPA license, then owned and operated Joyce A. Gilbert, CPA Accounting in Rochester for 12 years, until her retirement. Larry was a longtime member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Stewartville serving as an usher and attended its Bible study group. He was a longtime member of the Stewartville Sportsman's Club, where he enjoyed cooking and helping in the kitchen with its many wild game banquets and fundraisers. He and Joyce were avid travelers going on many cruises, traveling to various states in the USA and overseas, including trips to Europe and Australia. He enjoyed trips up north, camping and fishing with family, gardening, and going to coffee with the stand-up gang at Casey's General Store. Larry enjoyed people and visiting and loved time with family.
The Gilbert family would like to thank Seasons Hospice and Laurie Vlasak and the Mayo Clinic for their care of Larry.
Larry is survived by his wife, Joyce; three sons, Scott Gilbert of Fountain, Douglas (Patti) Gilbert of San Antonio, Tex. and Steven (Pat) Johnson of Apple Valley; two sisters, Dolores Griffin and Virginia Olthoff both of Buffalo City, Iowa; a sister-in-law, Lorraine Gilbert of Austin, and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Marjorie Kiewiet and Mary Lou John and three brothers, Dean Gilbert, Glen "Bud" Gilbert and Harold "Bob" Gilbert.
A time of visitation for family and friends will take place from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville and one hour. prior to the service at the church on Friday morning.
Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville.

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