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Lennon Eugene Gilbert

1925 – 2020

Graveside services for Lennon Eugene Gilbert, 95, will be held at Dougherty Cemetery on Saturday, October 24, at 1:00 p.m.

Mr. Gilbert died on October 16, 2020. He was born on March 7, 1925, to John Carl Gilbert and Willie Lennon Gilbert in Point. The doctor drove his buggy nine miles into the country over muddy roads to deliver him.

Soon after graduation from Emory High School in 1942, Lennon enrolled in the University of Texas Technical School. In 1943, he volunteered for Air Force Cadet Training and served in Europe during WWII. He accumulated approximately 500 flight hours in the battles for the North Apennines, PO Valley and Air Offensive over Southern Germany. He received three Bronze Stars, the Good Conduct Medal, Overseas Service Bar, and Victor Ribbons. Lennon later worked for LTV in Grand Prairie, where he was the Section Manager of Manufacturing Engineering. After retirement, he opened and brokered Lakeview Realty for many years.

He married Freeda June, whom he met while attending East Texas State College in Commerce. They were married for 72 wonderful years. 

Mr. Lennon is survived by his wife; children, Brenda Cichon, husband Richard and sons, Brian, Greg and Andrew; Janice Peace, husband Mike, and children Michael and Angela; and Gina Trantham, husband Mike, and son Mitchell; nine great-grandchildren; and sister, Ione and her three children. 

A visitation will be held prior to the service from 11:00-noon at Wilson Orwosky Funeral Home.

Arrangements are under the direction of Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home, Emory.