Scotch Gilbert was known for his sense of humor

William "Scotch" Gilbert

William “Scotch” Gilbert

Funeral services for William “Scotch” Gilbert, 79, of Promise, were held Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at Ascension Episcopal Church in Blackfoot.
Burial was in the church cemetery under the direction of Kesling Family Funeral Home.
Scotch passed away Saturday, July 20, 2013, at Mobridge Regional Hospital.
William “Scotch” Gilbert was born Sept. 23, 1933, at Cheyenne Agency to Ethel Thompson and William A. Gilbert. He attended Promise and White Horse day schools and Wakpala. From there he entered the U.S. Army and served in Korea. He was honorably discharged in 1960.
He worked construction for many years throughout the United States.
Scotch married Lavina Pauline Frost in 1959. They had five children, Cheryle, Bill, Scottie, Cherie and Trina.
After several years of construction work, he moved back to the Promise area where he ranched and became a CHR. He then cooked at Promise Day School until his retirement.
He married Carol Beesley on Feb. 3, 1987. To this union he acquired three more children, Verla, Vernon and Christy.
Scotch enjoyed ranching, country music, playing the harmonica and guitar, rodeos, demolition derbies and the sights and sounds of the Sturgis Rally. Scotch was widely known for his jokes, teasing and colorful storytelling.
Scotch is survived by his wife, Carol; children, Bill (Christy) Gilbert of Mobridge, Gilbert of Pierre, Trina Kostad of Helena, Mont., Verla (Chad) Drown of Salem, Vernon McLaughlin of Mobridge, and Christy (Bill) Gilbert of Mobridge; one sister, Mary Jewett of White Horse; one brother, Guy Gilbert of Promise; 18 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Also surviving are his three loyal cats, Cleo, Coal and Baby.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ethel and Will; infant daughter, Cheryle; step-father, Sibby Marshall; brother, Arthur Marshall; son, Scottie Gilbert; brother-in-law, Albert “Pinky” Jewett; and sister-in-law, Polly Gilbert.

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