Burt Gilbert was born in Delevan, N.Y. to Louie and Irene (Wiedeman) Gilbert, March 23, 1937 at the family home. He passed away on Saturday, June 14, 2008, in his home surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was an accomplished individual who excelled in many ways. As a teenager he earned his Eagle Scout award and was very proud of it. He graduated from high school in 1955 from Delevan-Machias High School in Machias, N.Y. He served in the U.S. Army from 1955 through 1958. He liked to tell stories of his adventures in Europe, as well as his time coaching a boys basketball team.
He worked for Nuclear Fuel Services in West Valley, N.Y. while raising a young family in Machias. At the same time, he became a licensed barber and attended college in Buffalo, N.Y.
He accepted a job at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in 1979 and moved to Washington state. He resided in Yakima and Selah until 1980, when he moved to Grandview. He continued his education, graduating from Central Washington University with a BA in physics and his Master's in business from Nova University. He retired as an engineer from Flour Daniel in 1996, but kept busy with other interests. He was knowledgeable in many fields.
He particularly enjoyed traveling the entire country in his RV with his wife and family, including a special trip to Alaska in 2001. He enjoyed reading, bowling, history, singing, music and life.
He is survived by his wife, Judy of Grandview; son, Jason (Sheri) Gilbert of Prosser; daughter, Kim (Dale) Hoertz of Strykersville, N.Y; stepsons, Huston (Elizabeth) Osborn of Sunnyside and Terry Osborn of Richland; grandchildren, Olen, Emery, Amariah and Amarisah Osborn, Olivia Osborn, Jeremy (Katie) Nealy and John and Jennifer Hoertz; brothers, Bruce of Orlando, Fla., and Larry and Robin (Joanne), all of Lexington, S.C.; and his sister, Gloria (Gerald) Brawn of Lexington. He is also survived by his special aunt, Lillian Vickman of Delevan; father-in-law, Melvin (Mary Jane) Walker of Prosser; sisters-in-law, Bev Wheeler and Tom Sheel of Pasco and Barb Walker of Richland; brother-in-law, Leonard Walker of Prosser; and aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and many, many cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Irene and Louie Gilbert; and stepson, Mark Osborn.
The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Al Brady, PA Kari Brewer, the wonderful staff at Washington Hematology-Oncology, the staff of wing 2E at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital and Lower Valley Hospice in Sunnyside.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, June 19, 2008, at 3 p.m. at Neighborhood Church of God in Sunnyside.
Memorials may be sent to Lower Valley Hospice, 3920 Outlook Rd., Sunnyside, WA 98944, the American Cancer Society or the charity of your choice.
Those wishing to sign Burton's on-line memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com.
Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.