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MISSOULA — William A. “Bill” Gilbert, 95, of Missoula, passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at the Village Health Care Center. 

Bill was born in Butte on Feb. 13, 1924, to John and Pearl Gilbert. He graduated from Butte High in 1942. Bill enlisted in the Marine Corps where he spent three years in the Pacific area. Upon his honorable discharge, he got a job with Mountain State Tet & Tel. He married Thelma “Sis” Williams on May 8, 1948. They had a son, John, and when he was 1, Bill was called back to serve in Korea. Upon his return, the couple had two daughters, Karen and Gayle. Bill began his travels with the phone company in Missoula, twice,  Great Falls, Billings and Helena. The couple moved back to Missoula two years ago.

Bill was a member of the Butte Lodge 22 and the Scottish Rite in Billings.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his son, John, and two brothers, Roy and Howard.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years; daughters, Karen (Dennis) Staves of Missoula and Gayle Gilbert of Helena; a daughter-in-law, Donna Gilbert of Missoula; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Tracy (Jay) Schnelle (Hunter and Dylan), Heidi (Kurt) Swanson (Kelton and Everly), Niki (Brian), Hritsco (Aison and Haydden), Bill Gilbert (Erin and Brayton), Brian Eicholtz (Dani) (Ella and Mya), Emily Eicholtz; step granddaughter, Michelle (Keith) Walt; three step great-grandchildren and several cousins.

At his request, he has been cremated and no service will be held at this time.  The family suggests memorials be be made in Bill’s name to the Shriners Children’s Hospital, 911 W. 5th Ave., Spokane, WA 99204 or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at whitesittfuneralhome.com.

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