Deward “Dude” W. Gilbert, age 82 of Rhinelander died on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at St. Mary’s Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was born on May 6, 1928 in Crandon, the son of Edward and Mary (Jameson) Gilbert. He attended schools in Crandon. Deward served his country from November 1950 – November 1952. He married Patsy Campbell on May 1, 1954. He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, hunting, target shooting, walking, travel and spending time with his family.

Deward is survived by his wife Patsy; his children Deward(Susan), Ellen (Steve), John (Amelia), and Cara (David) Petrowski all of Rhinelander, seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, his sister; Lillian Phalen of Crandon; his brother Jack (Rose) of Iola, WI. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers George and Edward, sisters Pearl Cable, Virginia Lenerud, Zelma Mullins, Martha Chaney and Clogne Sheldon, Sarah Jaeger, and Edna Martin.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Monday, December 20, 2010 at 11:00 A.M. at Nativity of Our Lord (St Mary’s Site) with Father John Gerritts officiating. Visitation will be at 10:00 A.M. at the church. Interment will be at St Joe’s Catholic Cemetery. Rhinelander’s Hildebrand-Russ Funeral Home, (715)365-4343 is assisting the family with arrangements. All are invited to share memories of Deward on-line at


Born: May 6, 1928
Death: December 14, 2010
Place of Death: St Mary's Hospital


Memorial Mass

Monday December 20, 2010, 11:00 AM at Nativity of Our Lord Parish - St. Mary's
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Monday December 20, 2010, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM at Nativity of Our Lord Parish - St. Mary's
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