Harold LeRoy Buck Gilbert

Harold LeRoy Buck Gilbert

Harold LeRoy Buck Gilbert

Mr. Harold L. Gilbert (Buck) peacefully passed on Tuesday, May 4, 2010. He was born August 26, 1923, in Goshen, Ore., to Ida Bertie Delp and Carl L. Gilbert. He graduated from Coquille High School in 1941, and received an athletic scholarship to Linfield College.

Pearl Harbor altered his course with both he and his brother, Lou, joining the V-5 Navy Flight Program. Buck finished flight training as a 2nd lieutenant in the Marine Corps after an interview with John Glenn. He was sent to Atlanta, Ga., for special instrument flight training. He sent for his high school sweetheart, Marion H. Harri, and they were married in 1944. Buck served in WWII in Guam and China. He returned to Linfield and graduated in 1949 in pre-med and physical education. He taught biology and coached at Siuslaw High School for three years. He was called up for the Korean War, flying jets and was stationed in Japan and Korea as a helicopter instructor pilot.

After the Korean War, he was accepted into Stanford's physical therapy program. After graduating with a master of science in physical therapy, he formed a partnership with Bob Scofield. They opened their first office in Hanford, Calif. In 1955, the two families moved to Oregon. Buck and Bob are known as the pioneers of physical therapy in Oregon, being Oregon's first self-employed physical therapists. They opened offices at Rogue Valley Hospital in 1958 and Providence Hospital in 1966. His career spanned 35 years.

Buck and Patricia J. Wilson were married in September 1973 for 25 years, until her passing in 1998. He retired from the military with 22 years of service as a major in the United States Marine Corps Reserve.

Buck's life was spent teaching and caring for others. His hands were known to offer a firm but gentle touch, his heart was kind to those he knew, and his words of advice were offered to those who needed his guidance. His love of sports, outdoor activities (fishing, bird, deer, elk and moose hunting) and traveling enabled him to live a balanced life.

Mr. Gilbert is preceded in death by both of his parents; and his brother, Lou. He is survived by brother, David, of Springfield; his children, Gregory Louis Gilbert, Diana Gilbert Nadal, Tracy Gilbert Zapell and Sandin Wilson; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

There will be a memorial service and military burial in June for family and friends to celebrate Buck's life. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in his name to the Linfield College Athletic Department.

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