PRINCEVILLE – Ronald “Ray” Gilbert, 81, of Princeville, passed away at 11:39 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, 2019, at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria.
Ray was born on Jan. 26, 1938, in Princeville the son of Basil and Wava (Carter) Gilbert. He married Sue Cunningham on March 13, 1960, in Princeville; she survives.
Also surviving are one son, Fred (Gale) Gilbert of Laura; one daughter, Raylene (Nick) Dippel of Princeville; three grandchildren, Adam (Ashley) Gilbert of Princeville, Stacey Bridson of St. Louis, Mo., and Paige (Drew) Eads of Princeville; six great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Mary Gilbert of Texas; and two nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Ralph L. Gilbert.
Ray served in the United States Marine Corps. He was a farmer in the Princeville area, while also working as a mechanic at Bliss Implement for over 25 years, and he previously worked for the Peoria County Highway Department. Ray was a former board member for the Peoria County Farm Bureau and board member for the Monica Elevator for several years. He enjoyed hunting deer and traveling, especially to Fort Myers Beach. He also loved his grandchildren and watching them play sports. He was a member of the Princeville Presbyterian Church.
His funeral was Monday, May 6, 2019, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville. Mike Martin will officiate. Visitation was Sunday, May 5, 2019 at the funeral home. Burial was in Evergreen Memory Gardens in Kewanee with military honors.
Memorial contributions may be made to Akron-Princeville Fire Department or Akron-Princeville Ambulance Service.
Condolences may be left for Ray’s family on his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.