Robert Donald Gilbert passed away on December 19, 2021, just a few weeks after his 90th birthday.
A life-long resident of the Baton Rouge area since his birth on November 4, 1931, “RD” was the son of Margaret Ruth and H.C. “Tee” Gilbert and the younger brother of H.C. “Bert” Gilbert, Jr. who preceded him in death. A graduate of University High School in 1948, he attended LSU from 1948 to 1950, at which time he was employed by the Louisiana Highway Department in the Bridge Design Section as an Apprentice Draftsman. In 1951, he enlisted in the Louisiana National Guard, 1st Platoon, B Battery, 769th Anti-Aircraft Infantry Battalion, 204 Group, 4th Army -- and served honorably at Fort Bliss, Texas and Fort Polk, Louisiana until his discharge in 1958 as Master Platoon Sergeant. While working at the Highway Department and serving in the Guard he married Beverly Ann Chambers in August 1952. The couple were actively engaged in the upbringing of their two sons, Donald and Gary, serving in supporting roles on PTA’s, booster clubs, etc., contributing greatly to their future successes as LSU graduates. Upon retirement from the renamed Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development in 1983, Robert joined Dawson Engineers, Inc. as an Engineering Specialist in the Bridge Design Section, and in 1985 was employed by Southeastern Engineers (later to become Gulf Engineers and Consultants) as a Structural Designer. Sadly, Robert lost his loving wife to lung cancer on January 22, 1996. In May 2001, he retired from GEC and eventually took up residence down the street from Gary.
In addition to his two sons, Robert is survived by his daughters-in-law Alicia and Lisa, as well as three grandchildren – Claire, Dylan, and Madison Gilbert, all of whom were also graduated from LSU.
He was a member of the Grace Presbyterian Church since 1957. He loved his church, his family, his work, and hunting and fishing. He was an avid LSU sports fan, and was proud to have lived in Louisiana his entire life. During his 90 years on earth, he earned the love and respect of many, and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Paralyzed Veterans of America or the Wounded Warrior Project.
In consideration of the ongoing pandemic, the visitation and service will be held outdoors in the mausoleum area at Resthaven Funeral Home, 11817 Jefferson Hwy. Visitation will commence on Monday, December 27, 2021 at 12:30 pm, followed by the service at 2:00 pm. The wearing of face coverings by attendees is welcomed.
Rest in Peace Robert, RD, Bob, Bobby, Dad, PawPaw.