|Birth: ||Jun. 22, 1917|
|Death: ||Nov. 13, 2003|
born to Julius Bertok and Priscilla Lengel and the brother of Sarah Bertok
Married Beatrix Mary Palmer, the daughter of Robert Worth Palmer and Letitia Berry on 1 June 1941, Los Angeles, California, USA, California, County Marriages, 1850-1952
father of; Beatrix Priscilla and Gay (Bertok) Nixon
Headline: Navy veteran was Waite football star.
Name: Bertok, Gubby. | Bertok, Gabriel George Gubby.
Date of death:
Address: Oregon, OH.
Newspaper date: 20031114
Gabriel George "Gubby" Bertok, a Waite High School football star whose 30-year Navy career took him from Pacific Islands to Texas, Florida, and his hometown, died of cirrhosis yesterday in his Oregon home. He was 86.
He had non-alcohol-related liver disease and a bone marrow condition and had been in ill health for 9 months, his daughter, Gay Nixon, said.
Mr. Bertok retired in 1967 as a Navy lieutenant. His last assignment was as a naval recruiter working from the former Federal Building on Summit Street.
He grew up on Front Street in the Birmingham neighborhood and was a guard on the Waite football team. He graduated in 1936 and, in 1937, joined the Navy as an expression of patriotism - "and to see the world," his daughter said.
He was an airplane mechanic in the aviation division and served aboard the USS Arizona. He was on a search-and-rescue mission to find Amelia Earhart, the pioneering aviator who disappeared over the Pacific.
He received orders to Pensacola, Florida in early 1941, 9 months before the Japanese bombed U.S. ships in Pearl Harbor, including the Arizona.
"He lost many, many dear friends," his daughter said.
Mr. Bertok was assigned to the Naval Air Transport Command in the Pacific during World War II. He returned stateside before the wars end, serving in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Later assignments were to Philadelphia, San Diego, and Honolulu. Before his return to Toledo, he completed a duty tour in the southwest Pacific on the aircraft carrier Ranger.
"They called it his twilight cruise because he had his 30 years in," his wife, Beatrix, said. "He loved the camaraderie. That was his life."
Stirred by Sept. 11, 2001, Mr. Bertok asked his wife, " Honey, do you think I could lie about my age? " she recalled.
He worked afterward in the mens department of Lasalle & Koch Co. - later Macys - in downtown Toledo, retiring in the late 1970s as department manager.
Mr. Bertok was a longtime Mason and received the Golden Veterans Award for 50 years outstanding service in 1994. He belonged to lodges in California and, locally, the Zenobia Shrine and the High 12 Club.
He was a member of Calvin United Church of Christ and golfed at Collins Park, Detwiler, and Bay View courses.
Surviving are his wife, Beatrix Mary Palmer, whom he married June 1, 1941; daughter, Gay Nixon; sister, Sarah Porter; 3 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.
The body will be in the Eggleston-Meinert-Pavley Mortuary, Coy Road Chapel, after 1 p.m. Sunday, with a VFW service at 7 p.m. Sunday in the mortuary. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Calvin United Church of Christ.
The family suggests tributes to the Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg Township or to the church.
Beatrix Priscilla Bertok Hearon (1943 - 1986)*
Fort Meigs Cemetery
Created by: Norma Faller
Record added: Dec 23, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 102498606
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