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DECATUR -- Timothy Paul Gilbert, son, brother, father, husband and sailor passed away Wednesday, November 28th, 2018, at his home in Maricopa, AZ.

Tim was born January 17, 1970, in Terre Haute, IN, to William and Dorothy Gilbert. He joined the US Navy in the fall of 1989 where he served as a Helicopter Crewman, Aviation Electrician, followed by a C-130 Flight Engineer and Instructor. Tim proudly served his country for 21 years and retired with honors in 2010.

Tim followed his successful Navy career by obtaining his degree in Nursing working as a Registered Nurse for the past five years. Tim loved taking care of his patients where he was continually recognized for his excellence in patient advocacy and care.

He married Chandra Gustafson and raised 3 beautiful daughters. Tim is survived by his wife Chandra, his daughters; Jordyn, Emily and Haley Gilbert, his parents; Dean Cook and his wife Lori Cook, William Gilbert, and Dorothy McCullough, his siblings, Billie Gilbert, Angela Gilbert, Jarrod Gilbert, Randy Johnson, and Lori Johnson. Tim was preceded in death by his beloved mom Tena Cook and his sister Alice Vester.

Tim touched many lives whether it was on the track racing motorcycles with his daughters and friends, playing pranks on his friends and co-workers, or just hanging out playing his guitar making a good time for all wherever he went. He will be remembered in all our hearts for his infectious smile and caring nature.

Funeral services will be Monday, December 10, 2018, at 12:30 pm at the Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home. Burial with military honors will follow at Macon County Memorial Park.

Arrangements by Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2091 N. Oakland Avenue, Decatur, IL, 62526. Condolences and memories may be shared at


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