Michael Hans Gilbertson

December 18, 1962April 26, 2021

Michael Hans Gilbertson was born on December 18th 1962 and peacefully passed away on Monday April 26th 2021. He was born to Ray and Judy Gilbertson in Chehalis, WA. A life-long resident of Lewis County, Mike graduated from W.F. West High School in 1981 and will be remembered for his hard work ethic. Before he could drive, he was trapping the Newaukum River for beaver pelts and spent weekends smelt dipping with his family. During the summer months Mike commercial fished for salmon for his grandpa, Hans Gilbertson, on his fishing boat called the “Michael G.” If he wasn’t fishing, he would be cutting cedar for his grandpa. After his fill of commercial fishing in Ocean Shores he followed his father north to Alaska to chase timber. He soon found that his love for the ocean called him back to fishing where he worked as a long liner in Alaska. After working in Alaska for several years he came back to Lewis County to chase timber for Fred Moe. After working for Moe, he did several other odd jobs.

In all of his years Mike carried on the long family traditions of being an avid outdoorsman. He loved hunting, fishing, and being in the woods or at the river. He often took his boat “The I ROCK” down the river searching for agate rocks. His family will have his massive rock collection to remember him by. He also enjoyed riding horses with his daughter and spent many hours at 4H horse functions. Mike loved things that went fast. His favorite car was a 1973 Nova. There is funny story of his sister getting caught driving his hot-rod a little too fast and second story of his little brother crashing it. Mike was a very simple man and never asked for much from anyone. He always said he would be just fine living in an off-grid cabin in the woods.

Michael Hans Gilbertson preceded in death by his son Brandon, brother Danny and his father Ray. He is survived by his daughter Andra (Mike) Hankins and his son Ridge (Miranda) Gilbertson-Romine. Also, by his mother Judy Gilbertson, sister Bobbi (Joe) Ahmann, and brother Kenny (Cindy) Gilbertson, by his grandkids Adelyn Hankins and Ryker Gilbertson-Romine and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held on May 15th at the family home of Judy Gilbertson at 137 Taylor Rd in Chehalis from 2-4 pm.


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sharon haines

May 5, 2021

quite a long time ago Mike was out at Mike Haddlers home and a bunch of us went on a trail ride he was so funny by bouncing from side to side and complaining about he butt hurting but all was okay as long as he had his beer ... He was good company and a great guy I have not seen him in a long while but I will still miss him