September 9, 2004

(8/26/1922 – 9/6/2004)

Otha Edward “Tiny” Gilbert, 82, of Kahoka, MO died September 6, 2004 at the Keokuk Area Hospital in Keokuk, IA.

He was born August 26, 1922 in Peaksville, MO, a son of Jasper H. and Gladys Longmire Gilbert. He married Ione McClain on March 25, 1944 in Boone, IA. She survives.

Other survivors include one daughter, Rose McAfee and her companion Rusty Smith of Kahoka, MO, one son, Richard Gilbert and his wife Teresa of Keokuk, IA, one son-in-law, Bob Johnson of St. Joseph, MO, six grandchildren, Aleta Shinkle and her husband Monti of New London, IA, Shawn and Roberta McAfee, Monty and Alyce McAfee, Jared and Jill McAfee, Dan and Shelby McAfee, all of Kahoka, MO and Brian Johnson of Anchorage, AK, two foster grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Joyce Johnson, one son-in-law, P.R. McAfee and one brother in infancy.

Eddie graduated from Granger High School in 1940. He served in the United States Army during WW II from 1942 – 1945. He worked at Foote Mineral in Keokuk, IA as a Stationary Fireman operating electric furnaces for 35 years, retiring in 1985. He also owned Gilbert Plumbing and Heating while working at Foote Mineral. He was baptized and a member of the First Christian Church in El Dorado, KS. He was active in the Kahoka Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Eddie played the violin, collected memorabilia buttons, made model riverboats and he enjoyed telling stories. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and cherished the moments he spent with his family. The many memories he created with his family will never be forgotten.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, September 9, 2004 at the Kahoka Christian Church in Kahoka, MO with Reverend Shawn McAfee and Reverend Dick Clifford officiating. Burial will be in the Kahoka Cemetery.

Visitation will be held after 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 8, 2004 with the family meeting with friends from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Vigen Memorial Home in Kahoka, MO.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

The Vigen Memorial Home in Kahoka, MO is in charge of arrangements.

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