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Richard P. Wilbert

Richard P. Wilbert, 74, died Tuesday, September 13, 2011,  surrounded by his family at New Life Hospice Center of St.  Joseph in Lorain. He was born August 3, 1937, the second  son of Stella Borow and John F. Wilbert, II.

He joined the Ohio National Guard, serving with the 357 ORD Company from 1956-1960 and was stationed for a time  at Fort Knox, Kentucky. In 1960 he worked as a switchman  for the New York Central Railroad. After that, Richard was,  for many years, a milkman driving truck number three for  the Sunshine Farms Dairy in Elyria. He joined the City of  Elyria work force in 1968, where he worked at the Elyria  City Water Works Pumping Station in Lorain for 20 years.  In 1988 he transferred to the Elyria City Utilities Department and in 1993 he joined the City Sewer Department.  Richard retired from the City of Elyria in 1998. In retirement Richard, along with Linda enjoyed maintaining their  home, gardening, traveling, attending concerts and visiting  with family and friends.

He was a 50 plus year member of St. Andrews Episcopal  Church in Elyria and life-long resident of Elyria.

Richard is survived by his wife of 52 years, Linda Sheldon  Wilbert; children, Brad S. Wilbert of Elyria, the Reverend  Dr. Brian K. Wilbert (Yorki Encalada) of Oberlin,  DeidreAnn Hawkins (Bruce) of Elyria and Richard A. Wilbert (Kristin) of Lorain. Richard was affectionately known  as "Grumpa" to 10 grandchildren, Jessica L. Newton (Eric),  Richard C. Wilbert, Harold F. Wilbert, Nicole M. Wilbert,  Joseph D. Wilbert, Chistina L. Wilbert, Erica A. Wilbert,  Emily C. Wilbert, Kennedy F. Wilbert and Kristopher D.  Wilbert; and seven great-grandchildren, Bryce A. Newton,  Lillian N. Schwartz, Brayden A. Newton, Blake C. Shawkey,  Cianna M. Wilbert, Brennen A. Newton and Neveah M. Wilbert.  He is also survived by his faithful four footed canine  companion, "Oskar".

Richard was preceded in death by his parents; and older  brother, John F. Wilbert, III.

Friends will be received Friday, September 16, 2011, from 5  to 8 P.M., at the Dicken Funeral Home, 323 Middle Avenue,  Elyria. A funeral service will be Saturday, September 17th,  10:30 A.M., at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 300 Third  Street, Elyria, with the Reverend Catherine L. Wright presiding, assisted by the Reverend Deacon Jane Trager, the  Reverend Margaret DAneri, the Reverend Dr. Nancy Roth  and the Reverend Dr. Brian K. Wilbert. Burial will be private.

Memorial Contributions are suggested to: The Heather  Reich Community Meal at St. Andrews Church, 300 Third  Street, Elyria, OH, 44035, The Oberlin Weekday Community  Meal at Christ Episcopal Church, 162 South Main Street,  Oberlin, OH 44074, New Life Hospice, 5255 North Abbe  Road, Elyria, OH 44035 or the charity of choice.

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