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Keith W. Gilbert

Keith Gilbert obituary photoKeith W. Gilbert, 86, of rural Hitchcock, died Tuesday, September 25, 2007, at the Violet Tschetter Memorial Home in Huron.  His funeral service was at 11 AM Friday, September 28th at the United Methodist Church in Doland with Pastor Grace Rhodes officiating.  Burial was in the Altoona Cemetery at Hitchcock. 

 Keith W. Gilbert was born Feb. 3, 1921 on the family farm at LaDelle, South Dakota to Ralph L. and Nancy (Freeburg) Gilbert.  After attending the LaDelle country school, he attended the South Dakota School of Agriculture (Aggie School) at Brookings, where he graduated in 1940. He farmed in the LaDelle area all his life.

On June 5, 1946, he married Agnes I. Cornelius at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Raymond, South Dakota. They farmed thirteen miles south of Doland until 1956, when they moved to the home farm and resided there until retirement. They shared 53 years of married life.  Keith had resided at the Violet Tschetter Memorial Home in Huron since April 29, 2005.

 Keith was a member of the Doland United Methodist Church, LaDelle IOOF, the Prairie Rebekah Lodge, now the Emerald Rebekah Lodge, for more than 50 years.  He served as Antelope Township clerk for 38 years.  Keith was a sales representative for Pioneer Hi-Bred seed corn for 20 years and was also a member of the South Dakota Farmers Union, the South Dakota Wheat Growers and the South Dakota Corn Growers Associations. 

He enjoyed hunting, especially pheasant hunting with relatives and friends.  In his earlier years he enjoyed West River antelope and deer hunting trips.  He enjoyed fishing, and often would go to Lake Byron to fish.  In his later years he liked to just drive around the lake to see if anyone was catching anything.  Keith also loved to visit with people and enjoyed playing cards with family and friends.  In his later years, you could see him driving around the neighborhood, checking out the crops.

Keith was a true farmer who thoroughly enjoyed the spring excitement of calves, lambs and pigs being born and planting the new crops every year, and he was very proud of his harvest.  He loved his farm and was a good steward of the land and a good caretaker of his livestock.  He especially loved being surrounded by his family and watching his grandchildren play sports, especially baseball. 

Grateful for sharing his life are his four daughters, Kandace (John) Taylor of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Bonnie (Dale) Smith of Hitchcock, Sandra (Bruce) Allard, of Clearlake, California, and Loretta (Robert) Harris of Coushatta, Louisiana.; eight grandchildren, Lindsey (Aaron) Hoese, Christopher, Matthew, Marcus and Garrett Smith, Laramie, Mackenzie and Stonie Harris; two step-grandchildren, Jason (Heather) Allard and Ryan (Jen) Allard; one sister, Myrtle Cornelius of Clark; a sister-in-law, Pauline Gilbert of Sioux Falls, and a host of relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Agnes Gilbert; his parents; his brother, Gordon Gilbert; and an infant sister, Joyce Gilbert.  

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