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Duane 'Red' Gilbert

1943-2017

Published: February 25, 2017 5:00 AM

MANSFIELD -- Duane "Red" Gilbert, 73, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, at Kindred Hospital after an extended illness, surrounded by family.

He was born July 27, 1943, in Ashland to Charles and Arbie (Hootman) Gilbert. Right after he graduated from Northwestern High School he joined the National Guard and later the Air National Guard serving for many years.

Duane 'Red' Gilbert

On Sept. 16, 1978, he married Sandy Collins and together they shared 38 wonderful years. She survives.

Red worked for General Motors for more than 40 years in truck repair until he retired, and regularly attended Little Washington Congregational Church in Mansfield and previously served as a deacon. He was a 32nd degree Mason and member of Masonic Venus Lodge 152 F&AM in Mansfield.

In his spare time, Red enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting, playing pool and rooting for the Cleveland Indians. He was a dog lover and especially loved his dog Snickers and his granddog Molly. Duane and his wife built a house on Candlewood Lake where they lived for 17 years and he kept a pontoon and a fishing boat to enjoy with family and friends. Above all, he was a wonderful husband and father who worked very hard to provide for his family.

Surviving in addition to his loving wife, are children, Tina Harwood and Teresa Gilbert, both of Venice, Fla., and Ashley Gilbert of Mansfield; grandchildren, Nick Fought, Dakota Harwood, Swade Harwood and Rayleigh Burchard; siblings, Clayton (Marge) Gilbert of Millersburg, Lola (Harold) Yeater of Nashville, and Darlene (David) Kennedy of Wooster; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Darrel, Stanley and Ronald Gilbert; and nephews, Robert and Kenneth Gilbert.

Friends called Feb. 10 from 10-11 a.m. at Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where funeral services followed celebrating his life at 11 a.m. The Rev. David Root officiated. Masonic services were performed by Venus Lodge 152 F&AM. Burial was in the Masonic section of Mansfield Memorial Park.

Snyder Funeral Homes served the family and encourages you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com.


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