Gilbert L. Leath, Sr., age 95, of Galesburg, Illinois passed away at 12:40 pm on March 8th at OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg, Illinois. Gilbert was born on September 19, 1926 in Macon, Missouri and is the son of James Everett and Vurgil Shafer Leath. He was raised in Macon, Missouri where he attended local rural schools. Gilbert married Mary Ellen Abbott on July 31, 1948 in Cameron, Illinois and she preceded him in her death on September 28, 2007. Gilbert first was a Section Laborer for the C.B. & Q railroad for 18 years. Later he then was employed by Admiral Corporation for 24 years as a lift truck operator and numerous other work responsibilities. He attended First Christian Church of Monmouth for many years and enjoyed country music, but most of all loved his family and their affairs. Surviving Gilbert is his son, Gilbert L. Leath, Jr. and Connie of Galesburg, Illinois and six grandchildren, Tammy Jones, Shelly Smith, Missy Jones, Nickey Leath, Mandy Leath, and Justin Leath. There are ten great grandchildren and five great, great grandchildren also surviving. One sister survives, Margie Borcky of Monmouth, IL. and two brothers, Fred Leath of Monmouth, IL and James Leath and Edna of Cameron, Illinois. Gilbert is preceded in his death by his parents, his wife Mary Ellen, one daughter, Mary Kay Jones, and three brothers, and five sisters.
A funeral service for Gilbert is planned on Monday March 14, 2022 at 11:00 am at the Turnbull Funeral Home in Monmouth, Illinois. Interment will be in the Silent Home Cemetery of Cameron, Illinois. His family plans visitation and will receive their friends at Turnbull Funeral Home on Monday from 10:00 am to 11:00 am prior to the funeral service. A memorial fund is being established for the Warren County Cancer Fund.