Former Merrill, Wisconsin resident Theodore Markley Gilbert, Jr., 83, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 27th, 2015, at his home in Mtn. Home, Arkansas. He was married to his wife Mary for 48 years.
Ted was born November, 20, 1931, in Neenah, WI, to Theodore Markley Gilbert, Sr. and Ruth Dickinson Gilbert.
Ted could accomplish anything he set his mind to. He successfully completed and graduated from Shattuck Military School (Episcopal), Faribault, MN and Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, MI. He spent four years in the Air Force stationed at Kimpo, Korea – 67th Reconnaissance where he was a successful Ariel photo scanner and Carto drafting specialist. He received the National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal.
Throughout his career Ted was a computer programmer at Church Mutual Insurance Company of Merrill, WI, owner/designer of several apartment units, and started a trucking business.
Ted had many hobbies and interests. He enjoyed bowling (he rolled the first 300 game in Merrill, WI in 1965 and later inducted into the Merrill Hall of Fame in 1993), golfing, cards, canoeing, sailing, tennis (an excellent player), trap shooting (member of the Trap Shooter’s Club, Merrill, WI) , snowmobiling, he loved to read books and loved all dogs, especially the dachshund. He was an active member of the Wisconsin Club, Mtn. Home, AR. and a Green Bay Packer fan (a proud ticket holder for 47 years).
Ted and Mary enjoyed living on Tug Lake, Irma, WI for 20 years where he was a wonderful father and together they raised their two children. In 2001, they retired to Mtn. Home, AR where they enjoyed living and made many new friends.
Ted is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Gilbert, James Gilbert, Midwest City, OK (son) and Mary Beth Hill, Susan & Jeff Van Slyke, Thompson’s Station, TN (daughter and son-in-law), Henley and Hannah Van Slyke (grandchildren), and Albert & Lisa Gilbert, Boulder City, NV (brother & sister-in-law). Other surviving family members are Dr. Joe & Carol Anderson, Madison, WI (brother and sister-in-law), Tom & Patty Pfotenhauer, Fremont, OH (brother and sister-in-law), Ruth Pfotenhauer , Franklin Park, IL (sister-in-law) and Chris Spaulding, and many nieces and nephews. Also, deceased family members Theodore M. Gilbert, Sr. and Ruth Gilbert (mother & father) and Jerry Gilbert (brother).
A Memorial Service will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, October 1, 2015, at Roller Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Susie Wilson officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions, and memorials may be made to the Hospice of the Ozarks, 701 Burnett Dr., Mtn. Home, AR, 72653. Arrangements are by Roller Funeral Home. Visit an online guestbook at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com