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Charles Lester Gilbert
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Birth: Apr. 9, 1907
Clyde Park
Park County
Montana, USA
Death: Sep. 22, 2000
Big Timber
Sweet Grass County
Montana, USA

Charles Lester Gilbert, age 93, died September 22, 1000, in Big Timber. Cremation has taken place, and his ashes will be scattered on the Gilbert Family Ranch on Sheep Mountain. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Mr. Gilbert was born April 9, 1907, near Clyde Park, the fourth son of Dudley and Cora (Cole) Gilbert. He grew upon the ranch in the Crazy Mountains and received his education in Clyde Park. At age 16, he began a four-year apprenticeship with the Northern Pacific Railroad shops at Livingston and became a machinist, overhauling many of the steam locomotives through the years. He was a good trade to fall back on when there were lean years on the ranch.

As the soldiers came back from World War I and took their jobs back, Mr. Gilbert began his second career of working for the U.S. Forest Service, a job he truly loved. It was in its beginning stages, and he was one of the first forest rangers in the Crazy Mountains, working usually by himself with saddle horse and pack string, building trails and such in the spring and summer, watching for fires and building ranger stations in the fall. He usually replenished food, supplies and news at the various ranches at the base of the Crazies. One of the things he was very proud of was helping to establish fish in the high alpine lakes. This was done on their days off and with the help of the local ranches and townspeople, who brought the fish to the trailheads. Then he and a partner would carry them to the lakes on their backs.

On June 7, 1935, he married Ruth Hazlitt from Golden City, Missouri. Together, they began their ranching career, which lasted more than 50 years in the Shields Valley and Big Timber areas. She died Oct. 13, 1992.
Mr. Gilbert's gift to people was his music. He learned to play the saxophone about age 17 and played for lots of country dances throughout the years. He enjoyed playing for the folks at Diamond K Assisted Care in Livingston until two months ago.

He is survived by sons Paul (Bobbie), Dean (Billie), and Lynn; sisters Mary Stephenson, Jean Andrew, Joan Rose, and Kay Gill; one granddaughter; four grandsons; one great-grandson; six great-granddaughters; and several nieces and nephews.
Family links: 
  Dudley Seymour Gilbert (1878 - 1960)
  Cora Dean Cole Gilbert (1870 - 1933)
  Ruth Hazlitt Gilbert (1906 - 1992)*
  Dudley Irving Gilbert (1903 - 1942)*
  Alfred Henry Gilbert (1904 - 1980)*
  Herbert Theodore Gilbert (1905 - 1995)*
  Charles Lester Gilbert (1907 - 2000)
  Walter Raymond Gilbert (1908 - 1993)*
  Mary Olive Gilbert Stephenson (1910 - 2010)*
*Calculated relationship
Lester Gilbert Family Cemetery
Park County
Montana, USA
Created by: Nancy Stout
Record added: Oct 11, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 98662460
Charles Lester Gilbert
Added by: Nancy Stout
Charles Lester Gilbert
Added by: Nancy Stout
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