Obituary – Kevin Shrauner Gilbert
November 30, 2009
Kevin Shrauner Gilbert, 44, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, in Winter Park, Colo., where he lived for the past 10 years.
Kevin and his twin sister Kathryn were born to Jay and Mildred Shrauner Gilbert on July 2, 1965, in Topeka, Kan. Kevin graduated from Topeka High School in 1983 and attended Cornell College where he introduced his twin sister to her husband, Doug Hay. He lived with Kathryn and Doug in Fort Collins for several years and played a special role raising his nephews, Griffin and Keaton Hay.
Kevin worked in the restaurant and hospitality industry and was most recently a manager at Smokin’ Moe’s. He loved to spend time and care for his friends and family as well as bicker in the kitchen with his co-workers – just as he and his mom had always done. Kevin was an avid skier, mountain biker and hiker. He loved sharing the out of doors with his niece and nephews, and he could always be counted on to find that extra ski pass.
He enjoyed experiencing different cultures and spent time traveling in Asia, Europe, Russia, and Central America. He had especially fond memories of the trips he took to Mexico with his friends and the wedding ceremonies held there.
Kevin was a caring soul who always gave more than he took. He never asked for anything more than a chance to spend time with his family and friends. Kevin loved to read history and politics as well as the science fiction he loved since he was a kid. He also spent hours and hours reading The Hobbit and Harry Potter to his nephews.
Kevin’s older brother Kermit, his wife Deborah, and their son Graham live in Belfast, Maine. His younger brother, Kent and his wife Karla and their kids Erick and Nicole live in Alajuela, Costa Rica.
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His family and friends will celebrate a public memorial service at First United Methodist Church in Fort Collins, Colo., on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009, at 2 p.m. A celebration of Kevin’s life will also be held at Smokin’ Moe’s in Winter Park on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009, at 6 p.m. for his extended Winter Park family and friends.
Memorial Contributions may be made in Kevin’s name to the National Sports Center for the Disabled at Winter Park.