Waldo A. Gilbert, 94, of Rushsylvania, passed away at his residence Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014.
He was born in Rushsylvania on Jan. 12, 1920, to the late James C. and Charlotte Belle Ansley Gilbert.
On Nov. 22, 1945, he married Dorothy M. Ward at the Hopewell Church, Bellefontaine and she preceded him in death Aug. 9, 2005. He also was preceded in death by his siblings, Wilda Reed, Ethel Abbott and Johnson E., Kenneth D., Wilbur J., George and Herbert Gilbert.
A 1940 graduate of Rushsylvania High School, Waldo entered the Army on Nov. 17, 1941, and served until he was honorably discharged Jan. 1, 1945. With the Co. F 198 Inf. Div. 41st Div., he served 31 months overseas in the Papuan and the New Guinea Campaigns. Waldo was one of the last surviving World War II veterans of Logan County.
After returning from WWII, Waldo worked on the family farm for many years. He worked for the Department of Natural Resources at the Indian Lake State Park in the late 1970s to the mid 1980s. He and his wife tended the cemeteries in Rushcreek Township for more than 13 years.
He was a member of the Charles J. Kimmel Jr. American Legion Post 722 in Rushsylvania.
Although they had no children of their own, they had many devoted nieces and nephews.
A special thank you to Beverly Patrick, Joyce Patterson and the James Blanton family for their loving care.
Pastor Bryan Meadows officiates a service at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Eichholtz Funeral Home, Bellefontaine, where calling is two hours prior. Burial is in the Highland Memorial Cemetery, West Liberty, with a U.S. flag presentation by the Logan County Veterans Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hopewell United Methodist Church, Salvation Army and Wounded Warrior Project.
Condolences may be expressed at www.edsfh.com.