Philburn Leo Gilbert
July 13, 1928 – April 27, 2019
Philburn Leo Gilbert was born July 13, 1928 in Brigham City, UT. He was the second of three children. Phil was predeceased by his parents Leo and Jenny Gilbert, and his wife Virginia Gilbert. He is survived by his sister Jackie Stander of Brigham City, UT and his brother Robert Gilbert of Corinne, UT.
Phil was married to the love of his life, Virginia (Ginny) Ruth Sanders Gilbert for 68 years and built a loving family with their two adult children Cathy Jean Gilbert Griffin and Jeffrey Alan Gilbert (Donna). Their family includes five amazing grandchildren, Stephanie Griffin, Shane Griffin (Tammy), Whitney Gilbert Bride (Justin), Emily Gilbert Gibbs (Tommy) and Peter Gilbert. They also have seven beautiful great grandchildren – Andre, Christian, Jackson, Reagan, Parker, Kennedy and Harper.
Phil left home after graduating from high school and joined the U.S. Navy. He received a medal of honor as a World War II veteran. After he left the Navy, he attended Airline School and was hired by Continental Airlines in 1947. He was one of the first seven men to serve as Director of Passenger Services with Continental Airlines and later became the director of Continental’s In Flight Services. He was Continental’s Station Manager and then became the City Manager for Houston, in charge of all operations. After retiring from Continental, he was hired as Director of Ground Operations for Southwest Airlines in Dallas.
It was in Lawton, OK that he met and married Ginny. They were married in 1950 and lived throughout the southwest and California. He loved fishing, camping, boating, golf and traveling around the US and abroad.
Both Ginny and Phil had a love for singing and could often be heard in their local church singing lovely duets. Up until about age 88-89 they were still singing at retirement homes around the state with the May Belles and Beaus. They belonged to various square-dancing groups throughout their lifetime. They also traveled across the U.S. with Merry Mobil Methodists in their motor home.
Phil had a true servant’s heart and was still unloading trucks for HAAM until age 88. He was loved by all for his gentleness, compassion and warmth.
Phil will truly be missed, but his family praises our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that he is now free from earthly limitations in these last years and is at home with our great God in heaven.