Thomas J. Gilbert, 81, of Connersville, passed away Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at Heritage House of Connersville.

He was born November 3, 1940 in Richmond, Indiana. In 1942, he moved to Connersville with his family, and he was a 1959 graduate of Connersville High School.

A veteran, he served his county in the United States Army during the Vietnam War as a Rocket crewman with the 18th US missile defense team.

On June 14, 1969, he married Norma Jean Schrank in East Side United Methodist Church. Mrs. Gilbert passed away August 19, 1997.

Over the years, he was employed for the Connersville Lumber Company, H&H Robertson, and Whitewater Industries. He also spent a period of time as superintendent for Dale Cemetery.

He had been a member of the East Side United Methodist Church since 1952. Largely involved in the community, he was also a member of Warren Lodge #15 Free and Accepted Masons, V.F.W. Post #571, and the American Legion Post #1.

Survivors include a brother, Garry G. (Jena) Gilbert of Connersville, Indiana; a niece, Angie (Jerry) Hall of Cicero, Indiana; a nephew, Chris (Cassandra) Gilbert of Plainfield, Indiana; and several great nieces, great nephews, and great-great nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank “Red” L. and Catherine L. Wilson Gilbert; and his wife, Norma Jean Gilbert.

A graveside service with military honors conducted by the Fayette County Veterans Council will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 27, 2022 in Dale Cemetery with Reverend Stan Howard officiating. Miller, Moster, Robbins Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Thomas to the Fayette County Animal Shelter or the Alzheimer’s Association.

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