February 12, 1925 – October 12, 2021
On October 12, 2021, Gilbert Couto was welcomed by his Lord in to his heavenly rest. Gilbert was born in Acushnet, Massachusetts on February 12, 1925 to Manuel and Maria Couto. At sixteen years of age, he joined the US Navy to fight in World War II with the first Seabees battalion serving in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater until being honorably discharged on February 19, 1946. Gilbert then moved to Canton, Ohio where he was a long haul truck driver and long-time member of the Teamsters union. Gilbert married Della Martin on November 22, 1949 and they raised three children there before moving to Wichita Falls in 1980. He was a long-time member of Southwest Baptist Church where he was involved in youth and bus ministry and also assisting in the building there until moving his membership later to Cornerstone Baptist Church where he served until his death. Gilbert loved the Lord and loved God’s people. He was a friend and servant to all who knew him.
Gilbert was preceded in death by one great grandchild, his parents, six brothers and two sisters, as well as Della, his wife of 65 years.
Surviving relatives include his three children, David Couto of Woodland, Washington; Gilbert Scott Couto and Nina Connor of Wichita Falls, as well as six grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held at Highland Cemetery in Iowa Park, Texas on Friday, October 15, 2021 at 11 AM under the direction of Dutton Funeral Home in Iowa Park. There will be a Celebration of Life Memorial on Friday, October 22, 2021 at 6 PM at House of Empowerment Ministry at 511 Mississippi Ave. in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Friday, October 15, 2021