Leland (Jim) E. Gilbert, 89, formerly of Punxsutawney and a resident at Christ the King Manor in DuBois, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, at the DuBois Regional Medical Center.
He was born Dec. 6, 1921, in Germania, a son of the late Harry and Mabel Gilbert.
In 1957, he married Shirley Deshong Gilbert, who survives.
Mr. Gilbert was an avid potato grower and farmer for more than 60 years. He loved his Farmall tractors, enjoyed hunting and loved to tell everyone he met over the years his experiences with potato growing. He also enjoyed spending time with his family.
In addition to his wife, surviving relatives include a son, Rick Gilbert and wife Sue of Galeton; a daughter, Tammy Haag and husband William of Punxsutawney; four grandchildren, Gina Sutton and husband Robert of Summerville, S.C., Trista Pooley and husband Thomas of Altoona, Philip Lewis of Punxsutawney, and Tori Gilbert of Summerville, S.C.; two great-grandchildren, Olivia and Ethan Sutton of Summerville, S.C.; two sisters, Leota Macensky of Galeton and Catherine Davenport of Knoxville; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son, Leland E. Gilbert Jr.; an infant daughter, Tracy M. Gilbert; a niece, Lorena Wallace; and a sister, Rita Mosch.
A funeral service will be held Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, at Hess Funeral Home, Galeton.
Interment will be in Germania Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Christ the King Manor, P.O. Box 448, DuBois, Pa. 15801.