COLUMBIA CITY — Robert Eugene Gilbert, 74, of Columbia City, passed away at 1:40 p.m. Monday, March 26, 2012, at Parkview Huntington Hospital, Huntington.
Born on Dec. 9, 1937, in Lima, Ohio, he was the son of Charles Leonard and Goldie Marie (Toland) Gilbert.
He grew up in Lima, Ohio and his adult lifetime was spent in Delphos, Van Wert, Ohio and, for the past five years, Columbia City.
He graduated from Lima Senior Hgh School and he was a former Walmart employee.
He was married to Marjorie Annette Deubler in Lima, Ohio on April 10, 1959.
His hobbies were water color and oil painting, sketching with pencil and a he was also an avid fisherman.
Survivors include his eight children, Rhonda Brown of Ottoville, Ohio, Robert (Mary) Gilbert of Continental, Ohio, Franklin Gilbert of Van Wert, Ohio, Steven (Marie) Gilbert of Paulding, Ohio, Michael (Susanne) Gilbert of Pooler, Ga., Rebecca (Ben) Williams of Convoy, Ohio, John (LaToshia) Gilbert of Columbia City and Jason Gilbert of Van Wert, Ohio; brother, Ronald (Joyce) Gilbert of Delphos, Ohio; 17 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Marjorie Annette and five brothers and sisters, Josephine, Deloris, Richard, Leonard and Nancy.
Visitation will be held Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with Pastor Barry Faucett, retired pastor of New Hope Wesleyan Church officiating.
Burial will follow at Greenhill Cemetery, Columbia City. Memorial gifts may be given in Mr. Gilbert’s memory to American Cancer Society.
Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Please visit www.demoneygrimes.com  to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.