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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