Wednesday Aug.7 Frank Edward “Ed” Gilbert passed away at BSA Hospice of the Southwest Bivens Pointe in Amarillo, Texas. To many of his friends he was known as Frank Gilbert and others “Ed” Gilbert. Frank “Ed” was born in Wheatland, Wyoming on Nov. 26, 1949 and graduated from Wheatland High School in 1968.
As a child “Ed” was always one that looked for opportunities for employment. At 5-years-old he distributed papers for the local newspaper. His passion and entrepreneurial spirit had him venture out of self-owned businesses throughout his lifetime. After high school he began his career in the oil fields of Wyoming. He furthered his career with Holly Sugar in Torrington, Wyoming and continued with the company to Imperial, California and Hereford, Texas. He eventually turned to a different career and company that landed him in Amarillo.
Frank “Ed” had many friends from all walks of life. He had an innate way of leaving a lasting first impression once you’d met him. He was a man that enjoyed making people laugh with jokes and pause with awe when he played his Native American Flute. He is remembered by many for his honesty, loyalty, love for children of all ages, humor, and steadfast belief there is good in everyone.
He is preceded in death by his parents Frank Junior & Orpha Blodget and wife Janice Gilbert. He is survived in death by his wife Vicki Sharp-Gilbert of Amarillo, Texas; brother and his spouse Robert “Bob” & Gloria Gilbert of Wheatland; three sons their spouses and children, a daughter and step daughter. Chris & Lisa Gilbert of Monument, Colorado grandchildren Josh & Robin Gilbert, Daniel, Moriah, and Keliah. Wendi Dutcher of Lusk and grandchildren Tom & Morgan Nolan of Gillette, great-grand children Emmett, Sawyer and Hudson, and Chance Dutcher of Douglas. Shannon & Rachael Gilbert of Las Vegas, Nev. Brian & Leslie Gilbert of Peoria, Ill., grandchildren Isabella, Colton and Tynan. Lee & Kelly Ratliff of Fritch, Texas and grandchildren Audrey, Avery, Kendra, and Brenly.
If you worked with or knew Frank “Ed”, please address your correspondences to the family at the address below. Indicate how you knew Frank “Ed”. If it was work related identify what location and company where you worked with him. Cards should be addressed to: Vicki Sharp-Gilbert 304 Valencia, Dr. Amarillo, Texas 79118.
If you would like to donate to his memorial the family asks that you please donate to the Mesotheliomia Applied Research Foundation 1615 L Street NW, Suite 430 Washington, DC 20036 or donate through their website: https://www.curemeso.org/