Chris Alan Gilbert, 68, of Terlton, Oklahoma, passed away on Monday, June 18, 2018, at his home.
Chris was born March 11, 1950, in Wagoner County, Oklahoma. He was the son of James Alvin and Helen Marie (Carmack) Gilbert. At a very young age, Chris moved with his parents to Sand Springs, Oklahoma where he attended Twin Cities grade school 1st – 6th grade. His family then moved to Terlton where Chris attended school through the eighth grade. He completed his education in Mannford graduating with the Class of 1968. During his time in school, Chris was very active in football, basketball, and the FFA. Following high school, Chris worked at Trinity Steel. He later joined the United States Navy in March of 1969. Chris was honored with the following citations, decorations, and medals: National Defense Services Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal Ribbon with Device. Seaman Chris Gilbert was honorably discharged in September 1972. During his time in the military, Chris was united in marriage to Katherine Clayton. The couple returned to Lubbock, Texas and during that time Chris worked at the local Chevrolet dealership. He later returned to Terlton in the mid-1970’s which he called home. He started working at Crane Carrier and soon after that owned and operated is own over the road truck for Chemical Lehman. In 2001, Chris began working for the International Union of Operating Union Local #112, retiring in 2014.
Chris always enjoyed having the opportunity to cook during the holidays. His favorite thing to cook was homemade pizza which was a Christmas Eve tradition. Family get-togethers were also things Chris enjoyed doing. He spent many hours fishing and hunting in his younger years. Restoring old cars and trucks was very important to Chris; and his prized possession was his 1964 Pontiac GTO. Chris also enjoyed going to the casino. He was a longtime member of the Jennings Masonic Lodge 151 for the past 29 years and Tulsa Scottich Rite for 25 years.
Survivors are one daughter Christy, two sisters Veronica Kaye and Dan Hickson of Terlton, Oklahoma, Shirlee Ann and Junior Mills of Terlton, Oklahoma, four nephews Waide A. Ready, Dustin N. Mills, Keith Hickson and Kevin Hickson; great-nieces and nephews Dalton Roeady, Keirsten Mills, Haley Ready, Waide Ready, Kalli Mills, Kensey Ready, Garret Mills, Daegan Hickson, Abby Mills, Gus Mills and Brody Mills and numerous other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, Chris was preceded in death by his nephews Michael and Wyatt Ready as well as a niece, Madison Ready.
Pallbearers are Keith Hickson, Kevin Hickson, Dustin Mills, Waide Ready, Larry Gilbert and David Gilbert.
Honorary Pallbearers Joe Hollingshead and Brody Mills
Chapel Service will be held 2:00 pm Friday June 22, 2018 at Chapman-Black Funeral Home with Pastor Greg Boyd officiating. Burial will follow in the Terlton Cemetery under the direction of Chapman-Black Funeral Home.
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