Kremmling Paul Gilbert fondly remembered
Some of the words use to describe Paul Hap Frederick Gilbert were strength, virtue, generous, friend, mentor and wise during the memorial service in his honor at West Grand High School Auditorium in Kremmling, Colorado, on Oct. 19.He had many dimensions, said his son, Jim Crick Gilbert. At the funeral there was a lot of people that he touched, that werent just family, from little kids to big kids.Gilbert, 93, died of natural causes Oct. 12 at Kremmlings Cliffview Assisted Living Center. He left behind his wife Margaret of 63 years, his sons Paul Tim and his wife Karen of Grand Lake and Jim Crick and his wife Donna of Winter Port, Maine; his sister Pat Freeman of Austin, Texas; and four grandchildren.I will miss his ability to teach us poker, Crick said. He loved it.He was a good guy, Crick added. We didnt have TV when we were growing up and we didnt miss it. We read a lot of books and did a lot of things with him, a lot of projects. One of those entailed Gilbert and his sons building a Jeep with a washing machine engine.Gilbert worked for the Game and Fish Department for 32 years as a wildlife biologist. He also rescued wild animals and nursed them back to health before releasing them to wild. The Gilberts lived at the Division of Wildlife for 23 years. While in the Game Department, Gilbert had a halfway house for animals such as baby deer, elk, coyotes, antelope, bobcat, skunk, porcupine, fox and badgers.Crick said his father had a way with animals. Usually someone would pick them up, who shouldnt have had them, and turn them into the Division of Wildlife, and then we would take care of them, he said. One of the coyotes used to go hunting with me.A fawn also used to ride in the car with them.We made him sit in the backseat, Crick joked. They were babies when we got them. They all went wild eventually.Tim remembers some of the names of the fawn: Flower Eater, Twinkle Toes and Stumpy Mickenis. They also had an older buck. To get it through the hunting season, dad wrote the word cow on its side, Crick remembers. And put yellow tape on its antlers … It made it through the hunting season and was in the Denver Post.Gilbert also enjoyed photography. Crick said when his parents were moving to Cliffview he took 440 pounds of slides to Maine.Dad worked long hours and mom was county treasurer for a while, Tim said. They worked to put (us) through school.Gilbert was born in 1915 to Paul and Minnie Louise Gilbert of Colorado Springs. He graduated from Colorado A&M in 1940 with a bachelors degree in forestry. In 1942, he served as the Army Air Corps. While in the Army, he met his wife, Margaret, on a blind date. Friends set them up, and they married two years later in 1945.They moved to Hot Sulphur Springs in 1950 and lived in Cliffview for the past year-and-a-half.We did a lot of things together, Margaret said. He was just a good husband. We got along fine and were proud of our kids.
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