Reginald “Bud” Eugene Gilbert, 89, of Edgewood, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, March 14, 2020, at the Edgewood Convalescent Home in Edgewood. He was born on August 30, 1930, in Strawberry Point, the son of Everett and LuElla (Way) Gilbert.
Bud married Nona Rappe in 1948. Bud worked various jobs which included working on dams in the Detroit Michigan area, and logging. Two children were born to this union.
On November 20, 1954, Bud was united in marriage to Jean A. Hulverson in Volga. Three sons were blessed to this union.
Bud was enlisted in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956 and served with the 809th Battalion. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1956 to 1964. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant, earned Presidential Unit Citation with two Oak Leaf Cluster, and Outstanding Unit Award, a National Defense Medal, Good Conduct Medal in both the Army and the Air Force, and an Air Force Expert Rifleman’s Ribbon. After his military service the family moved to Manchester. Bud worked at Cryovac in Cedar Rapids and AMPI in Ryan and later Strawberry Point until his retirement and then resided in Edgewood.
Bud enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, playing horse shoes, playing cards with friends and family and playing guitar and the organ.
On February 1, 2020, he was presented the Quilt of Valor. Bud was a member of the American Legion Post #512 and the Trinity Methodist Church in Edgewood.
Bud will be greatly missed and is survived by his wife Jean; five children, Dale (Norma) Gilbert and Lynne Gilbert both from Salem, Oregon, Curt (Kelly) Gilbert of Dubuque, Douglas (Audrey) Gilbert of Phoenix, Arizona, and Calvin (Kim) Gilbert of Cedar Rapids; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Bud was preceded in death by his parents.
Online condolences may be sent to www.leonard-mullerfh.com.
Private Family Funeral Service with Military Rites: 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2020, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Edgewood, Iowa, with Pastor Jill Mack, officiating.
Visitation: 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at the United Methodist Church in Edgewood.
Interment following lunch: Cass Township Cemetery – Strawberry Point, Iowa.