John (Jack) Gilbert III, 76, of Selah, peacefully passed away at home on October 10, 2019 after a 12-year battle with cancer. He was born on May 10, 1943 in Seattle, WA to John Williams Gilbert II and Leora (Rietz) Gilbert. He enjoyed over 50 years of marriage with Marilyn (Steele) Gilbert. They have 2 children, Jon (Jennifer) Gilbert and Leah (Corey) Smith, as well as 2 grandsons, Matthew and Cameron Smith; the apples of his eye.
Jack was born and raised in Seattle, WA and graduated from Lincoln High School in Seattle. He attended Everett Junior College and joined the Air Force, serving from 1964-1968. During that time he was stationed to 29th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron Air Defense Command at Malmstrom AFB Great Falls, Montana. He continued his service at Hickam AFB, Hawaii in the 76th Air Rescue and Recovery Squadron. His squadron was assigned to recover the space capsules for NASA’s Apollo Moon Missions. His squadron also traveled to American Samoa, Australia, The Philippines, Guam, and Japan.
He met his lovely wife, Marilyn in the summer of 1968 and married her on August 23, 1969 in Lynnwood, WA. They made their home in Auburn, WA. In 1972, their son Jonathon was born followed by their daughter, Leah, two years later. In 1982, they moved to Selah, WA and purchased Central Washington Printing and Mailing in Yakima. In 2005, he retired.
Jack loved working on cars and trucks. He was a talented mechanic and could fix anything. He and his son, Jon, enjoyed restoring vintage cars together. He also enjoyed his hunting dogs, gold prospecting, hunting, fishing, camping, reading, traveling, sporting events, and a drink with good conversations.
Jack was involved in many service clubs including Yakima Kiwanis Club, Yakima Prospector’s Association, Ducks Unlimited, and Vintiques of Yakima.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, children, Jon (Jennifer) Gilbert of Selah and Leah (Corey) Smith of Richland, grandsons, Matthew and Cameron Smith, his dog, Drake, sister, Helen Buckley of Olalla, brother, Paul Gilbert of The Philippines, and several nieces and nephews. Jack was preceded in death by his parents, his aunt, Irene Winburn, his best friend, Michael Talbot, and his hunting dogs, Briggs, Schatze, Buddy, Buster, Koda, Annabelle, Spot, Bo, Heidi, Schultz, and Roscoe.
Jack was laid to rest with full Military Honors at West Hills Memorial Park in Yakima. Shaw and Sons is caring for the family. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.shawandsons.com.