Funeral services for Obert LaVerne “Gil” Gilseth, 73, of Copperas Cove, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Copperas Cove. Burial will follow at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery.
Mr. Gilseth died Jan. 11, 2014, at home with his wife and family by his side following a long and courageous battle with lung and brain cancer. He was born Oct. 13, 1940, at home near Mohall, N.D., the third of six children of Albert O. and Mabel C. Gilseth.
He was raised on the family farm just north of Mohall and received all of his elementary and secondary education in the Mohall Public School system. He graduated from Mohall High School in 1959. He was active in sports and FFA while in school and served as FFA president in his senior year.
Following high school, he left the Mohall area and obtained work in the oil field near New Town, N.D., where he met his wife, Evonne Brunsell. They were married in Mohall, N.D., on Aug. 26, 1961, in a civil ceremony. They moved to Keene, N.D., where their first child, a daughter, Christine Anna, was born on June 21, 1962.
In February 1963, he received his draft summons, and proudly enlisted in the Army. He attended basic training at Fort Ord, Calif., and attended advanced training at Fort Gordon, Ga., where he graduated near the top of his class as a field radio repairman. He had a varied military career and served in numerous overseas and stateside locations including Honolulu, Hawaii, where his daughter Shirley Evonne was born on Feb. 22, 1965, and his son Eugene Obert was born on Feb. 28, 1966. He also served in CuChi, Vietnam; Hanau, West Germany, where a second son, Gregory Alan, was born on May 1, 1968; Fort Hood; Bangkok, Thailand; Fort Belvoir, Va.; Ahwaz, Iran; Fort Carson, Colo.; Fort Lee, Va.; and Nuremberg, West Germany. He completed his military career stationed at Fort Hood, where he retired in 1983.
He then fulfilled his lifelong dream of building his own home in the country. He completed the family project in nine months and they officially moved in to the new home in April of 1984.
He then attended college at Central Texas College, where he studied heating, air conditioning and appliance repair. He opened his own business known as “Allgees Heat & Air,” which he operated for the next 15 years.
Obert was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Copperas Cove and was proud to have been confirmed there by Pastor Bernie Schey.
He was also an avid ham radio operator and had his own Air Force MARS station at one time. He loved to travel and camp in his RV but did not get to fulfill his bucket list dream of traveling the U.S. and seeing all of the national parks.
He was especially proud of their 50th anniversary trip to Alaska and Hawaii in 2011.
Mr. Gilseth was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Mabel Gilseth; daughter, Christine Anna Gilseth; father and mother-in-law, Edwin and Agnes Brunsell; and grandson, Virgel Gilseth.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Evonne; daughter, Shirley Wimett (Charles); sons, Eugene “Gene” (Dawn) and Gregory “Greg” (Debbie); 11 grandchildren, Michelle Tacker, Nicholas Wimett, Jeffrey Gilseth (Maria), Travis Gilseth, Kolby Gilseth, Kaitlyn Gilseth, Kelsi Gilseth, Sueann Roesner (Tom), James Rhymes (Jennifer), Angela Williams (Kyle) and David Long; 11 great-grandchildren, Hunter and Dylan Gilseth, Isabelle Gilseth, Kason Gilseth, Brooklyn, Brailyn and Briley Judd, Augustis Rhymes, Alexis Tinsdale and Kyle and Hank Williams; sisters, Mildred (Harvey) Brekhus of Bismarck, N.D., Marvel Malpert of Fargo, N.D., Carol Sedam of New Braunfels; brothers, Virgil (Sondra) Gilseth of Kenmare, N.D., Bruce (Marilyn) Gilseth of Mohall, N.D.; sisters-in-law, Judy Nichols of Gillette, Wyo., and Darlene (John) Ehrmantraut, Bismarck, N.D.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Copperas Cove.