Obituary: Calvin James Gilbert

Calvin James Gilbert, Sr., 86, 0f Orrtanna, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at Wellspan Gettysburg Hospital.  He was the loving husband of Delores Mae (Weaver) Gilbert, Orrtanna.  Together they shared 68 years of marriage.

He was born July 24, 1934 in Etters, the son of the late Daniel Winters and Mary Elizabeth (Anderson) Gilbert.

Mr. Gilbert delivered milk for Mason Dixon Dairy and later was a milk tester for the Pennsylvania Dairy Herd Improvement Association. He was a member of St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church, Orrtanna and sang in the church choir.  An accomplished bluegrass fiddler, he played with the Hilltop Harmonizers and Tailor Made and especially enjoyed his Friday night jam sessions at the Arrow Horse on Chambersburg Street in Gettysburg.  He operated Jim’s Taxidermy for several years and will be remembered for his positive attitude and wonderful sense of humor.  

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Linda Black and husband Randy, Hudson, MA, Calvin J. Gilbert, Jr., Gettysburg, Suzanne Pinion and husband Danny, Sabillasville, MD, Michael A. Gilbert and wife Cindy, Rockville, MD, Barbara Gebhart and husband Michael, Gettysburg, Tony Gilbert and wife Rita, Ft. Pierce, FL, Loretta Plitt and husband Mike, Biglerville, Gregory M. Gilbert and wife Tina, Fairfield, Karen Nowak and husband Alex, Gettysburg and Patrick J. Gilbert and wife Beth, Arendstville; brother, Donald A. Gilbert and wife Phyllis, Fairfield; 18 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his sisters and brothers, Dorothy Heflin, Lavora Stauffer, Janet, Elliot, Phyllis Kerr, Richard “Dick” Gilbert and Robert Gilbert.

A Funeral Mass will be held at a later date at St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church, 1095 Church Rd., Orrtanna with Rev. Dominic DiBiccaro officiating.  Burial will be in St. Ignatius Cemetery, Orrtanna.

This obituary was originally published here.