Dennis Gilbert

Dennis Gilbert

Tuesday, January 6th, 1942 Tuesday, October 20th, 2020

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Obituary for Dennis Franklin Gilbert

Dennis Franklin Gilbert, age 78, retired, former owner of Ledford Gage Lab, Inc., passed away on Tuesday, October 20, 2020. Dennis was born in Wichita, KS on January 6, 1942 to Franklin O. Gilbert and Eileen C. Cragan. He was the oldest of four children. Dennis’ family moved to Derby where he graduated from Derby High School in 1960. Dennis served in the National Guard after graduation. He married Virginia J. LaCrosse in 1962. He was a Fourth Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus. He remained in Derby until 2010, moving to Lake Arrowhead in Medicine Lodge after retirement. Dennis was an avid fisherman and hunter. He enjoyed travelling and telling stories! He never met a stranger and welcomed all to his home. He was the life of every party! Dennis was always proud of his family and took joy in spending time with them. Dennis was preceded in death by his parents, Virginia in 2013 and grandson, Myles in 2014. He is survived by his wife, Ranita J. Johnson, sons, Shawn (Judy) Gilbert; Scott (Sherry) Gilbert; grandchildren, Ryan (Taylor) Gilbert, Kelli (Josue) Franco, Shane (Morgan) Gilbert, Chad (Taylor) Gilbert and Shanna Gilbert; great grandson, Aksel Gilbert; siblings, Don (Connie) Gilbert, David (Mary) Gilbert and Debbie (David) Ballard. A Memorial Service will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, October 27 at El Paso Cemetery, 700 E. Kay Street, Derby. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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  • Service

    Tuesday, October 27th, 2020 | 11:00am
    El Paso Cemetery
    700 E. Kay
    Derby, Kansas
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    Tuesday, October 27th, 2020
    Pastor Nick Pannone
  • Interment

    El Paso Cemetery
    700 E. Kay
    Derby, Kansas
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |

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With Love, Jon & Nadia and Sean & Maureen Sander sent flowers to the family of Dennis Franklin Gilbert.
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Rachel and Dario Jajcanin

Sending our deepest condolences during this difficult time. May your Grandpa rest in peace! You have gained a guardian angel.
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Harry Simpson

Rest Dennis, until you hear at dawn,
the low, clear reveille of God.

Thank you for your service to this nation. Kansas National Guard.
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Martin Conyac

My deepest and most heartfelt condolences to Ranita, Shawn, Scott, Don, David, and Debbie, and all the other members of the extended family of my long-time friend Dennis Gilbert.
Dennis and I first met in All Saints Catholic grade school in Wichita when we were six years old, and knew each other very well throughout Derby high school, playing sports, chasing the girls, hunting and fishing, and driving the wheels off of our old cars. We shared countless memories together of growing up and we formed strong bonds together and with some of our other friends that will never be forgotten. And to this day, all of those memories were great (and even a bit reckless!). As one of my longest life-long friends, I was very fond of him and his family and we frequently went to the homes of each other just like they were our own. I knew his father Franklin Oscar and Eileen quite well, and remember tickling his little sister Debbie as she sat on my knee. I was treated like a member of his family and loved them all, and as a high school kid I once even dated his first wife Ginger before Dennis did.
We were separated by geography and the commitments of our work for most of our adult life, but we were never separated in heart and soul. We liked many of the same things and hobbies, were both Catholics and 4th degree Knights of Columbus, and were politically lock-step in our patriotic convictions. Although we didn’t get to see each other often, when we spoke on the telephone it was just like talking again from yesterday. Dennis was still geographically close enough to Derby to attend most of the High School class reunions, but the few that I had the chance to attend were filled with fun, eating, lots of drinking, and reliving the best of fun memories of our friends and experiences. And Dennis was always fun; we said often that we both felt just like we were brothers.
I loved Dennis. Other than my own family and one other friend that I knew all my life almost from infancy, Dennis was my longest “old friend” and I’ll miss him dearly.
May God watch over Dennis and bless all his friends and wonderful family, and may they find great comfort that his long ordeal of his declining health is over.
Rest in peace Dennis, knowing that you were a great friend and a good and generous man.
Martin Conyac
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With Love, Jon & Nadia

Thoughts and prayers for the families. With Love, Jon & Nadia
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Our deepest condolences to all the Gilbert family. We will miss him so much. Love, Theresa and Steve Myers
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