Frank B. Gilbert, Jr., age 84 of Orange, passed away in the comfort of his home surrounded by his family on Monday, April 11.
Services will be at 3:00 PM on Friday, April 15, at Dorman Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Paul Zoch officiating. Interment will be Saturday, April 16, at 1:00 PM in Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock.
Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 PM Thursday, April 14, at Dorman Funeral Home.
Frank was born on May 6, 1931 to the late Frank B. Gilbert, Sr. and Amelia Nelson Gilbert in Galveston. He joined the United States Air Force in 1949 and then in 1951 was appointed to attend West Point Military Prep School for two years and then returned to the Air Force. Frank married Flora Ellen Baab on July 23, 1955 at St. Patrick Church in Galveston. The couple lived in Galveston before moving to Orange in 1967. Frank worked from 1957-1988 for Sherwin Williams.
He was a member of the Community Partners and along with his wife Flo received the Emmy Lou Baldridge award for Outstanding Adult Volunteers in 2008. He was enshrined in the Kiwanis Club Legion of Honor for 40 plus years of service. In June of 1999 he received a Master Gardner Certificate from Lamar University and was an outstanding member of the Texas Master Gardeners.
He was preceded in death by his parents; as well as their daughter Judith Ann Gilbert Swan.
Frank is survived by his loving wife of 61 years Flora; children, Foster Gilbert of Deweyville, Linda Gilbert Bailor of Austin and Frank B. Gilbert (Trey) of Orange. He is also survived by three sisters; Marilyn Thompson of Kerrville, Amelia (Sissy) Bourgeois of Gonzales, LA and Carol Blakely of Austin, as well as numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.