Obituary: Paul Frederick Gilbert
Paul Frederick Gilbert was born Oct. 8, 1915 in Colorado Springs to Paul and Minnie Louise Gilbert. Paul grew up near Colorado Springs with seven siblings. Paul attended and graduated from Colorado A&M in 1940 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry. In April 1942, Paul enlisted and served his country honorably in the Army Air Corps.While in the Army, Paul met his wife, Margaret. The couple met on a blind date set up by friends. They wanted to marry, but agreed to wait until the war was over. The war didn’t end fast enough, however. The couple was married only two years later on April 9, 1945, while the war was still going on. Both simply knew they wanted to be together. Paul and Margaret moved to Hot Sulphur Springs in 1950, where they raised two boys, Tim and Jim. Paul worked for the Game and Fish Department for 32 years as a Wildlife Biologist. Paul was known for rescuing wild animals and nursing them back to health. When I was in the game department, I had a halfway house for animals. A lot of people would find a baby deer or animal and tire of them … We wanted them to go back to the wild, Paul once explained. We had coyotes, a bob cat, a skunk, porcupine, a fox, a badger. Paul was involved in many organizations – Lion’s Club, Blue Valley Sportsman Club, Boy Scouts of America, 4-H, Central Mountains and Plains Section of The Wildlife Society, Colorado Wildlife Federation, Colorado Chapter of the Wildlife Society, Colorado Mycological Society, Colorado Chapter of the Society for Range Management, Rocky Mountain Nature Association, Ecological Society of America, The Wildlife Society, Society for Range Management, American Society of Mammalogists, National Wildlife Federation, Wilderness Society, Mycological Society of America, George Dickel Society and the National Rifle Association. Paul was also an avid photographer. On Oct. 12, 2008, Paul passed away at the age of 93 in Kremmling, leaving to mourn his passing his wife Margaret of 63 years, his sons Tim and his wife Karen of Grand Lake and Jim and his wife Donna of Winter Port, Maine; his sister Pat Freeman of Austin, Texas; and his four grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents and six brothers and sisters. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.Memorial services will be held 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008 in the West Grand High School Auditorium.Memorial donations in honor of Paul can be made to Cliffview Assisted Living, Heart of the Mountain Hospice or Kremmling Memorial Hospital.Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of Foran-Schoenfeld Mortuary ~ Hot Sulphur Springs.
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