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December 6, 2021

11/1/2021 9:58:00 AM
Gilbertson, Donald Gene

Donald Gene Gilbertson, age 83 of Brodhead, WI passed away on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at home, surrounded by his family. He was born October 7, 1938 in Dodgeville, WI to Leo and Vivian (Peterson) Gilbertson. Donald grew up in the Daleyville area with his parents, 2 sisters and 1 brother. He attended school in Barneveld and graduated from Barneveld High School. He entered the Marines ROTC program and later enlisted in the U.S. Airforce. Don was stationed in Altus, Oklahoma and spent time in England as an Inventory Specialist and when discharged had reached the rank of Private 1st class E-5. He met and married Margaret (Jobling) on November 18, 1961 in Weaverham, Cheshire County. They moved to the United States in November of 1962 and lived in Altus, Oklahoma while Don was still in the Air Force. In September of 1965 they moved to the area and soon after began farming near Barneveld. In 1972 they purchased a farm outside of Blanchardville. From that marriage there were four children, Sharon, Cherie, Donald and Timothy.

Don married Mary Schindler, on November 30, 1991. From this marriage he gained 2 stepsons, Tom (Sandi) and Steve (Sue) Schindler and one stepdaughter, Andrea (Mike) Lawrence. Don and Mary enjoyed traveling and spending time with their families and friends. They loved to sing and were part of a group quartet. Mary passed away on January 28, 2007.

Don married Sonja Weidman on December 6, 2008. They served six years as volunteers at Source of Life Ministries, Madison, GA. From this marriage he gained 3 stepdaughters, Julie (Charles) Champlin, Christine (Todd) Birkholz and Angela (Marty) Nelson.
Don was a dairy farmer and later was one of the Co-Founders of Midwestern Bio-Ag Inc. Don was a people person and his ability to listen with intent, is what made him who he was. He could take from a conversation exactly what a person had need for and act upon it. He had great compassion for everyone he met. He was grounded and calm and had a drive to go above and beyond for anyone he knew. His love for the Lord was inspiring to all who knew him and it was that love that helped him to get through the last few months. Don was a member of the Westside Baptist Church, Janesville.

Don is survived by his wife Sonja of Brodhead: his 4 children, Sharon Parkos of Godfrey, IL, Cherie (Ronald) Kurschner of Blanchardville, Donald (Linda) Gilbertson of Winslow, IL and Tim (Lauren) Gilbertson of Belmont, grandchildren Arielle, Briana, Austin, Taylor, Sydney, Jeff, Rachel, Chelsea, Milton, Derek, Deidre, Jake, Caleb, Bethanie, Caitlyn and Tristen: and 23 great-grandchildren. He is further survived by 2 stepsons, 4 stepdaughters, 16 step- grandchildren and 33 step-great-grandchildren, and sisters Mary (Craig) Cottini of Briggsville and Linda (Gene) Budd of Monroe.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother David Gilbertson, and wife Mary.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at the New Glarus Bible Church, 207 Sixth St., New Glarus, WI with Pastor Tom Schindler officiating and Don Shire sharing the message. Military Honors will be accorded following the funeral services.

Graveside burial services will follow at 3:00 p.m. at the Fairview Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery, 2293 Fairview Rd., Avoca, WI.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, November 5, 2021 at the New Glarus Bible Church 207 Sixth St., New Glarus, WI

The Zentner-Beal Funeral Home of New Glarus is assisting the family.

A memorial fund has been established.
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