Ray Gilbert, age
88, of Portage passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at Golden Living in
He was born
September 16, 1929, in Black Water, Kentucky, to the late Jimmy and Pearl
(nee Hammons) Gilbert. Ray proudly served his country in the United States
Navy and was a retired Crane Operator who had worked for U.S. Steel. He will
be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather,
He is survived by
his beloved wife, Oletha Campbell-Gilbert; son Jim (Wanda) Gilbert of
Valparaiso; two daughters, Debra Riegert of LaPorte and Brenda (Mark) Trafny
of Knox; three step-sons, Dickie (Carol) Campbell of Steamboat, Colorado,
Aaron (Paula) Campbell of Chesterton, and William (Chandra) Campbell of
Joppa, Alabama; step-daughter, Shiela (Kevin) Wiesemann; ten grandchildren
and ten great-grandchildren, many other loving family members and friends.
He was preceded in
death by his parents and brother, Gene Gilbert.
In lieu of flowers
donations to Open Bible Church, 1401 West Porter Ave., Chesterton, Indiana,
46304, would be appreciated.
for Ray will be held Saturday, April 7, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor
Larry Starett officiating at Rees Funeral Home, Olson Chapel, 5341 Central
Avenue, Portage, IN, 46368.
Visitation will be
held Friday, April 6, 2018, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m., at Rees
Funeral Home, Olson Chapel.
may be submitted at