Robert "Bob" M. Gilbert

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  • Name: Robert "Bob" M. Gilbert
  • Location of Birth: Wausau, Wisconsin
  • Date of Birth: August 28, 1894
  • Date of Death: February 14, 1975 (80 years old)
  • Parents: W. C. Gilbert
  • High School and Class: Grand Rapids High School, Grand Rapids, Minnesota
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  • Highest Rank: P SGT (Platoon Sergeant)
  • Branch: Army
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  • Date Sworn In: June 12, 1918 (Enlistment Date)
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  • Date of Discharge: January 10, 1919 (Release Date)
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  • Wars Involved:
    World War I

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  • Civilian Life:
    Bob was a resident of Grand Rapids, Minnesota most of his life.

    His father, W. C. Gilbert, founded a bank in LaPrairie in 1891 and later established the Iron Exchange Bank in Grand Rapids. He sold it when he started the Gilbert Land Company. Bob maintained a Gilbert Land office on the second floor of Kremer's for many years.

    Bob was active in the American Legion and the Itasca Barracks of World War I Veterans. He was a charter member of the Lions Club and filled the office of Lion tamer for more than 40 years. Always interested in music, he sang in the Community Presbyterian choir for 60 years.

    Bob was a tackle and guard on the Grand Rapids High School football team and he never lost his interest in sports. He was a regular fan at local athletic events until his health made it difficult for him. He attended Izaak Walton League meetings for many years and sang with the Grand Rapids Choristers and the Blandin Arion Male chorus. Robert and his ukulele were a colorful part of countless church banquets and Lions Club programs.

    Survivors are his sister, Kathryn and three nephews.

    Bob is buried in Itasca Calvary Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (Plot I-A-44-28)

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