December 5, 1934 – March 2, 2018
Fredrick Howard Gilbert II “Fred” of Boise and formerly of Twin Falls, Idaho and Elko, Nevada, passed away March 2, 2018 at home with his wife, Lynnda, family and friends.
Fred was born on December 5, 1934, to Fredrick Howard Gilbert I and Genevieve Elizabeth Butler-Gilbert at the Hollywood California Hospital. He outlasted the survival odds of an aggressive brain tumor.
Fred’s two sons, Chet and Paul were welcomed with his first wife, Darlene, while living in Elko in 1964 and 1965. In 1978 he married Lynnda Gill of Jerome and Twin Falls and merged two families; seven children. When asked why he was willing to take on this responsibility he said, “I guess I’m just lucky”. He became the stepfather of Steven, Lisa, Tracy and Kendall Teter and Ryan Dunn-Gilbert. Despite a large family having its normal challenges, especially with teenagers, the merger was successful.
Fred’s early years were spent between the family’s home in Pasadena and his Grandparents home at the beach. When meat was rationed in WWII his family bought a chicken ranch in Van Nuys where he and his brother helped to take care of 30,000 chickens. He learned to ride horseback and time was spent playing cowboys and Indians on horseback in the sand and willows of the Los Angeles River. He delivered papers on horseback and before being old enough to drive, he and his brother Mickey would ride to local fairs and compete in rodeos. After graduating from Van Nuys High School Fred went on to Pierce Jr. College where he participated in the rodeo team. Knowing he was going to be drafted, he volunteered for the Army and was posted in Germany as an MP. Upon returning he spent a year building houses with his father, then on to get his degree in San Lis Obispo at Cal Poly Tech, majoring in animal science and participating in the collegiate rodeo team where he won numerous awards for calf and team roping. He then went on to get his MS at University of Nevada, Reno.
Following graduation he was employed by Elko County Nevada as a livestock specialist. He loved working with the ranchers, judging livestock and 4H competitions. While living in Nevada he also served as Secretary of the Nevada Cattlemen’s Association. A job with Purina Corp. brought him to Idaho. After a few years he resumed work as a livestock specialist through the University of Idaho and during two state budgets cuts, he began work for CK Brown and Associates and eventually continued there as a millwright. He formed his own company in 1980, Millwright Services and Design, doing a wide range of millwright work. He retired from his business in 2015.
This cowboy moved on to an entirely new series of experiences. He became active in the Dilettantes of Magic Valley; building sets, the light booth and serving on the Board of Directors. Later, he and Lynnda were members of the Idaho Jazz Society and worked as Captains of the Opera House for the Sun Valley Jazz Festival and volunteered for over fifteen years at the Morrison Center for the Performing Arts. He was an avid BSU fan and traveled to several of their Bowl games. He and Lynnda were active members of the First Baptist Church in Twin Falls and Cathedral of the Rockies in Boise. They spent many weeks in McCall and Cascade; skiing or enjoying the sun on the water or in their RV. As a couple they enjoyed traveling. Their bucket list trip was in 2010 to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Hawaii.
Fred is survived by his wife, Lynnda, his brother Mickey and extended family, his seven children, ten grandchildren, two more whom he considers his grandchildren, and one great granddaughter. He was preceded in death by both parents.
A Celebration of Life will be on March 27 at 1 PM at the Cathedral of the Rockies and Interment will be at the Veterans Cemetery on March 28, officiated by the Chaplain of the VFW. Arrangements are by Bowman Funeral of Garden City.
Fred was always great company, full of humor and ready for the next adventure. The last adventure he wanted was to go horseback riding again. He rarely looked back and was always grateful for life’s experiences. Now, on to new ones.