GILBERTSVILLE — Robert Wilson Halbert, 82, of Gilbertsville, died Sunday, April 22, 2001, at The Hospital, Sidney.
He was born June 17, 1918, in the town of Butternuts, the oldest of six children to Robert M. and Jennie (Wilson) Halbert.
He graduated from Gilbertsville Central School, Class of 1938, and graduated from Delhi Ag and Tech College, Class of 1940.
He married Georgianna Currie on June 22, 1946, in DeLancey.
Bob was a dairy farmer his entire life, retiring in July of 1986.
He will always be remembered for his distinct laugh and smile, his love of playing cards and his melodious whistle when he heard a familiar tune.
He served as the town of Butternuts assessor and councilman for nearly 30 years. He was a 66-year member of the Butternut Valley Grange holding several offices including master from 1946 to 1949, and 1956 to 1967. He was master of the Otsego County Pomona Grange from 1968 to 1971, as well as a member of the New York State and National Grange; elder of the Gilbertsville Presbyterian Church; a former member of the Eagle Hose and Fire Engine Co.; The Dairymen's League; the Otsego County Agriculture Stabilization Committee, Farm Bureau and the Extension Service.
He is survived by his wife, Georgianna of Gilbertsville; a daughter, Roberta Halbert; and a son and daughter-in-law, Roger and Helen Halbert, all of Gilbertsville; three sisters and their husbands, Helen and Charles Prentice of Montrose, Pa., Gertrude and Peter D'Ambrosio of Yeadon, Pa., and Charlotte and Melvain Oliphant of Chenango Bridge; a brother, James Halbert and his wife, Elma, of Bradenton, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Joyce Halbert of Palmento, Fla.; a grandson, Jeffrey Halbert, a student at Ithaca College; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 25, 2001, at 2 p.m. at the Gilbertsville Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Dr. Donald Boardman and assisted by the Rev. Randolph Palada. Burial will follow in the Brookside Cemetery in Gilbertsville. Calling hours will be Tuesday at the Johnston Funeral Home in Morris, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A Grange memorial service, arranged by the Otsego County Pomona Grange, will be held at 8:30 p.m. This service open to all Grange members.
Those who wish are asked to send memorials to the Butternut Valley Grange Restoration Fund, P.O. Box 102, Gilbertsville, or the Bell Tower Fund of the Gilbertsville Presbyterian Church in Bob's memory.
Funeral arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home of Morris.
Published in The Daily Star on April 24, 2001.