Lovis G. “Junior” Gilbert Jr.

WESTFIELD – Lovis G. “Junior” Gilbert Jr., 80, of Westfield, died Friday, May 10, 2013, at St. Vincent Health Center in Erie, Pa., following an extended illness.

Lovis was born Nov. 10, 1932, in Ripley, N.Y., the son of the late Lovis and Ruth (Miller) Gilbert Sr.

Mr. Gilbert was a member of the West Portland Baptist Church and the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 118 of Westfield.

He had been employed by General Electric in Erie, Pa., for many years prior to working as a driver for Hardaway Concrete in Lexington S.C.

Lovis and Carolyn returned to Chautauqua County almost 13 years ago. He enjoyed NASCAR (the Earnhardt teams) and the country music of George Strait.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother. His family was everything to him.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Carolyn M. (Kelsey) Gilbert, whom he married on March 24, 1951; four daughters: Linda (Ralph) Gaszynski of Fredonia, N.Y., Beverly (James) Jones of Westfield, N.Y., Bonnie (Paul) Kelley of Stockton, N.Y., and Sandra (Danny) Tucker of Johnson, Kan.; two sons: James (Teresa) Gilbert of South Carolina, and Lovis Gilbert III of Gilbert, S.C.; three brothers: Robert Gilbert Sr. of Ripley, N.Y., Raymond Gilbert Sr. of Hartfield, N.Y., and Ronald Gilbert Sr. of Ripley, N.Y.; 15 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson also survive.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Brenda Gilbert; two grandsons: Ralph Gaszynski Jr., and James Jones; a great-granddaughter, Kayla Tolbert; his brothers: Miley Gilbert, Richard Gilbert Sr., Kenneth Gilbert and Paul Gilbert; and his sisters: Betty Pierce and Mary Ann Walters.

Friends may call at the MASON Funeral Home, 37 Clinton St., Westfield, N.Y., on Monday, May 13, from 6-8 p.m. and again on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at the West Portland Baptist Church, 7081 W. Main Road, Westfield, N.Y., from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral services there at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Charles Robertson officiating. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to his family, c/o Carolyn Gilbert, 119 Bourne St., Westfield, NY 14787.

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