James E. Gilbert, 85, of Mansfield and formerly of Sandusky, died Thursday afternoon, Sept. 19, 2013, in MedCentral Health System, Mansfield, following a brief illness.
He was born June 30, 1928, in Sandusky and was a graduate of Sandusky High School. Jim honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
He was a member of Calvary Episcopal Church in Sandusky.
After working for New Departure-Hyatt, Division of General Motors for 10 years, he moved to Mansfield, where he worked as a skilled tool & die maker for Hi-Stat in Lexington, Ohio.
"Uncle Jim" was known as fun-loving by his friends and family. He particularly enjoyed flying with his nephew, Tom LaFree, who piloted a small plane. Jim enjoyed college football and especially Ohio State. When Ohio State played Notre Dame, the phone lines between him and his Indiana relatives would be buzzing. A highlight of Jim's summers was the annual gatherings at Imogene's, with his friends and their four-legged companions. Jim will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his long-time friend, Imogene Kiamy, of Mansfield; one sister, Ann (Richard) LaFree, of Mishawaka, Ind.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James L. and Helen (Taylor) Gilbert, and three sisters, Marian (John) Souter, Marjorie (Dale) Loe, and Jean (Dave) Casavar.
Friends may call from 1 p.m Monday until funeral service at 2 p.m. at Pfeil Funeral Home, Sandusky Chapel, 617 Columbus Ave., Sandusky. Pastor Douglas Winner will officiate. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery, Sandusky.
Memorial contributions may be made to the MS Society, Northwestern Chapter, 401 Tomahawk Drive, Maumee, OH 43537.
Condolences may be shared with the family at pfeilfuneralhome.com.