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Roger Whitney Gilbert

February 15, 2013

ROGER WHITNEY GILBERT

Our husband, father, grandfather was with us until February 12, 2013.

Roger was born on March 3, 1932 in Los Angeles, CA to Al Whitney Gilbert and Evelyn Kleinsorg Gilbert.   Roger grew up in Los Angeles with his younger brother Clark.

Roger met his wife-to-be Jocelyn Ann Muller at the University of California Berkeley at a Fraternity/Sorority mixer when they were freshmen in September 1949.   They grew up at Cal together for four years, and were married April 30, 1953.  Roger graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.S. in Business Administration in June 1953; he went to Berkeley when they actually made it to the Rose Bowl three out of four years!

Since Roger loved his country he joined the ROTC while at Berkeley.  Upon graduation, before reporting to active duty at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, he pumped gas at Standard Oil, which must have been the beginning of his lifelong work ethic.  On their way to Fort Sill, Jocelyn became pregnant with their first child.   At Fort Sill, Roger was a Service Battery Commander in charge of 8 inch howitzers, with 45 soldiers under his command.

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Roger and Jocelyn started their family at Fort Sill with the birth of Michael Whitney on June 6, 1954.   After leaving the Army, they moved back to California and Roger went to work for Great American Insurance Company.   Shortly thereafter, their second son Bradley Paul came along on October 30, 1956.   Four and a half years later, their daughter Cynthia Ann joined the family on March 31, 1961. 

Roger, Jocelyn and the three kids grew up for most of their childhood in Hawthorne, California, enjoying years of Little League, PTA, church activities and fun family vacations and outings, with those early family years spent driving across the country in a station wagon, crammed into one room at Best Westerns and Quality Inns. Later, along with the grandchildren, the collective Gilbert family was able to go on many an adventurous trip far and wide, courtesy of Roger’s love of his family and his love to travel.

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