Douglas Jay Gilbert, 56

   Douglas Jay Gilbert, 56, of Houston, Texas, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, at his home in Houston. He was born Oct. 14, 1958, in Wabash, to Max and Jean (Van Zant) Gilbert.

  Doug was a 1976 graduate of Southwood High School in Wabash County, and a 1983 graduate of Purdue University in West Lafayette.  He was an avid reader and had a love of history, cardinals, sports, especially football, and enjoyed fellowship with family and friends.  Doug grew up in Wabash County and lived the past 30 years in Houston.

   He is survived by his mother, Jean Gilbert of Wabash; sisters and brother, Christina Gilbert of Houston, Texas, Elizabeth Gilbert of Lafayette, and Eric (Nora) Gilbert of Houston, Texas; aunts and uncles, Judie (Bill) Silvers of Fort Wayne, Marilyn (George) Komechak of Fort Worth, Texas, Stan Gilbert of Marion, Larry Van Zant, and Luann (Chet) Coy, both of Fort Wayne. 

   He was preceded in death by his father, Max Gilbert and his grandparents, Kenneth and Dorothy (Schutz)Van Zant and Russell and Evelyn (Snyder) Gilbert.

   Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash with the Rev. Larry Ray officiating. Burial will be in LaFontaine I.O.O.F. Cemetery, LaFontaine.  Friends may call 4-7 pm Wednesday and one hour prior to the service Thursday at the funeral home.

   Because of his love of history, remem-brances may be made to the Wabash County Historical Museum, 36 E. Market St., Wabash, IN 46992.

   The memorial guest book for Doug may be signed at


Posted on 2015 Jan 12