George "Roger" Gilbert, 77, of Spring Valley died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Friday April 19, 2013, after a lengthy illness.

He was born Nov. 4, 1935, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester to George Walter Gilbert and Clarice Hillestead Gilbert. He attended school in Spring Valley and was united in marriage to Ramona Ruud on Aug. 1, 1955. Mr. Gilbert worked at Land O' Lakes in Spring Valley where he retired as chief boiler engineer after 43 years. A true outdoorsman, Roger was an avid trout fisherman, trapper and hunter, hunting rattlesnake and ginseng in years past. He also loved to ride motorcycles and was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his wife, Ramona Gilbert of Spring Valley; son, Roger Daniel (Susan) Gilbert of Spring Valley and daughter Lavonne Knutson (Steven Kraling) of Ostrander; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and two siblings, Patricia (Robert) Grabau of Stewartville and Marilyn Gehrking of Spring Valley.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Lucy Gilbert, son-in-law, Bradley Knutson and a great-grandson, Joseph Mlinar.

Funeral services were Monday April 22, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church with the Revs. Dennis Timmerman and Laura Fladten officiating.

Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley was in charge of arrangements.