Gilbert D. Head, age 86, of Kearney, Missouri, passed away Friday, November 25, 2022 at his home.
Gilbert was born in Linn County, Missouri; the youngest of six children born to Walter Ray Head and Mamie Blanche Barclay Head.
He began his education at the one-room Enterprise School. It was during his freshman year in high school at Linn County R-1 that he met his true love and future wife, Dorothy Johnson. Gilbert attended the University of Missouri, majoring in Forestry. He served in the U.S. Army from 1957-1959 with the 51st Signal Battalion in Uijeongbu, South Korea. After his discharge, he resumed his studies at the University and in August 1959 he and Dorothy were married. They had two children, Sara and Geoffrey, and two grandchildren, Laura and Anna. They were blessed with 56 years together before Dorothy’s passing in 2016.
Gilbert’s career was in forest products sales, retiring from Roseburg Forest Products after 38 years in the industry. Gilbert enjoyed hunting, golfing and raising tomatoes and cattle on his small farm near Kearney. He was a member of Woods Memorial Christian Church and Second Baptist Church. He was a Mason and a Shriner. He enthusiastically supported the work of the Masonic Home of Missouri and Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Gilbert was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Allen, Eldon, Richard and Vernon and a sister, Dorothy Ramborger.
Gilbert is survived by his children, Sara Miller (Daniel) and Geoffrey Head, grandchildren Laura Miller Schonhardt (Thomas) and Anna Miller, great-grandson Conrad Schonhardt, brother-in-law Dean Johnson (Marlene), sister-in-law Ann Head and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held on Monday, December 5 at Park Lawn Northland Chapel, 1640 N. M-291 Hwy. Liberty, MO 64068. Visitation was held from 9:30-11:00 am with the celebration of life service at 11:00 am. Burial was at the Masonic Cemetery in Excelsior Springs.
Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children or to a scholarship fund in his name to be awarded to a Linn County R-1 student.