George M. Gilbert

October 31, 2023

George M. Gilbert, 68, of Kirklin, died October 31, 2023 in his home.  He was born on July 13, 1955 in Rensselaer, Indiana to Joseph Edward and Margaret Peggy (Powers) Gilbert.  He married Judy Elaine Taylor on May 21, 1977 and she survives.

George was a 1973 graduate of Rensselaer Central High School.  He attended St. Joseph’s College and earned his Bachelor of Science degree Manchester College.  He then earned his Master’s degree in 1982 from IU Fort Wayne.  George taught U.S. History, Health, Sociology, Psychology, World History, P.E., and Weight Training.  His coaching career included assistant football coach Wayne Trace High School, Haviland, Ohio 1978-1980, then head coach 1980-1985; head coach Pioneer High School 1986-1988, Clinton Central High School 1988-2008, and Tri-Central High School 2009-2018, where they won the state championship in 2013.  He was rehired at Clinton Central High School in 2020.  His career included 39 years as head football coach, 2 years as an assistant, 25 years as wrestling coach and 22 years coaching track. He was a member of the ISCA Hall of Fame Class of 2018, softball umpire for 37 years, public speaker for 10 years, author of “Team of One We Believe”.  He was a long-time member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church where he taught CCD Class.  He was a car buff and helped organize Thursday Thunder in Frankfort and other car shows, and a member of the Street Rod Association.  The family would like to thank Dr. Loehrer, Diana the oncologist nurse, the oncologist receptionist and Daisy, the hospice nurse that worked with George and the family.  Their knowledge, skill and most of all their compassion was greatly appreciated.

Visitation and Services

The Rosary will be said at 3 p.m. Thursday, November 9, 2023 with visitation following from 4-8 p.m. at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main Street, Frankfort, Indiana. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 10, 2023 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 600 St. Mary’s Avenue, Frankfort. Father Paul Cochran and Pastor Shan Sheridan will officiate. Burial will follow in Rossville Cemetery, Rossville, Indiana.

Survived by:

his wife: Judy, children: Michael Joseph (Amber) Gilbert of Monticello, Matthew John Gilbert of Greencastle, and Dr. Elaine Gilbert (Husband: Keith Hopkins) of Greenfield, sisters-in-law: Diana Gilbert of Missouri and Cathy Gilbert of Rensselaer, grandchildren: Preston Pritts, Sophia Smith, and Lincoln Gilbert.

Preceded by:

his parents and his brothers: Joseph and Gery Gilbert.


Leave your Condolences

19 Condolences for “George M. Gilbert”

  1. Steve and Barb Robinson November 2, 2023 at 2:25 pm

    We will never forget you George. I am so glad to have seen you at our class reunion in June. May God comfort your family. Rest in Peace

  2. Wanda Kercheval November 2, 2023 at 3:09 pm

    My sympathies to the wife and his children. He is at rest and pain free now. Blessings to the family.

  3. Eric Payton November 2, 2023 at 3:18 pm

    Great coach, teacher, mentor, and friend. Peace be with you Mr. Gilbert. My condolences to Judy, Mike, Matt, and Elaine.

  4. Patty Parks November 2, 2023 at 5:29 pm

    Thank you Coach Gilbert for your many years of service to the Clinton Central Community and to the family my condolences. There are not even enough words to say what George meant to our community and to the kids at Clinton Central that he mentored. Peace be with you and rest easy Coach. You will be missed. It was a pleasure to have known you.

  5. Corey Conn November 2, 2023 at 9:17 pm

    Prayers are with the Gilbert family. Have never forgotten playing for coach, 35+ yrs ago. Great man with a heart for the game and his team. Rest in peace, Coach.

  6. Angie Lemay November 2, 2023 at 11:02 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. He was a great teacher and a very special person. I had him for US History, Sociology of Psychology.

  7. Karen Brunton November 2, 2023 at 11:18 pm

    So glad we were able to see George one last time at our H.S. 50th Class Reunion. What an accomplished life he had. I know he must be in that greater place with no pain.

  8. Mike and Pat Pritts November 3, 2023 at 1:20 am

    Michael, so sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. Sending our Love and Prayers, during this difficult time for you and your family. If you need anything please let us know. Love, Mike and Pat

  9. Craig Reed November 3, 2023 at 4:38 am

    George was a really good man. He helped so many young people along his journey. I enjoyed working with George on car shows for various people and charitable organizations. He always had kind and encouraging words for me. I will miss my friend. Craig and Suzanne Reed

  10. John Igoe November 3, 2023 at 10:33 am

    My sincerest condolences to Judy and entire family. I was so blessed and thankful to have George as my best and dearest friend throughout all the years. George was like a brother since we met back in 73 and our friendship was always strong whether we saw each other or not. I am so thankful to have a chance to visit George and Judy in September and will cherish all our memories for the rest of my life. The world has lost a great man, but his influence will always live on through all the people he touched. God bless buddy rest in peace and until we meet again. John Igoe

  11. Paul R. Condry November 3, 2023 at 11:08 am

    On behalf of the entire team at the Regional Radio Sports Network and the Indiana Football Digest, we would like to pass along our heartfelt condolences to the entire Gilbert family on the passing of Coach Gilbert. Coach G was a treasure on this earth! Our lives are better for knowing and getting to work with him through these many seasons. We are going to miss him dearly! May God pour out HIS amazing comfort and loving spirit on you all during this difficult time. Paul R. Condry- President/Founder Regional Radio Sports Network, Indiana Football Digest

  12. Nancy England November 4, 2023 at 10:51 am

    So sorry for the loss of my cousin George Gilbert. My condolences to his family. May he rest in peace.

  13. Jason Young & Family November 6, 2023 at 12:07 pm

    I know that words are inadequate at a time like this, but I wanted you to know how very sorry my family is for your loss! Coach was one of a kind and it was a privilege to have had the opportunity to work with him.

  14. Zoe Miles November 8, 2023 at 7:04 am

    My deepest condolences to Mr. Gilbert’s whole family and everyone whose life he touched. I was lucky enough to be in his classes for 5 years throughout my time at Clinton Central. Some years I had him for multiple classes a day. He taught me so much and had a huge impact on my life. He taught me that it was okay to love poetry and how to stand strong when I believed in something. He also taught me that extremes never get anything done and you should be willing to compromise. He gave me a love of sociology and psychology. He always pushed me to be the best that I could be. I never had a teacher that believed in me like he did. He would want us to carry on his legacy. The legacy of strength, determination, and love. It may have been tough love, but all that he did was out of love.

  15. Jess Metz November 8, 2023 at 7:37 pm

    Always loved your classes & seeing you on the sidelines! My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family, and all your former students & players.

  16. Myles Beeching November 9, 2023 at 10:35 am

    I am so sorry to hear about George. I have a lot of great memories of him and our flag football team at St. Augustine. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.


  17. Rene Celeste (Post-Zook) November 9, 2023 at 9:35 pm

    I am so sorry to your family for the tremendous loss of your husband, father, family member and friend. Mr. Gilbert was a wonderful educator and I remember him fondly as one of my favorite teachers/mentors and the times I was able to serve as his student helper. He fed my love for history and government as well as organization and note taking. His heart for his students always shown through both in the classroom and on the field. He will be greatly missed.

  18. Angela November 11, 2023 at 2:32 am

    Dear Judy & Family,

    You are always & forever in out thoughts and prayers. George was an exceptional CCD teacher that inspired many in the Faith. George is at peace now , free from pain & suffering.

    I tried posting earlier & it didn’t go through, so I’m trying once more.

  19. Tim Richardson December 2, 2023 at 5:34 pm

    My sincerest condolences to a great man. Prayers to family and friends. As I read this it makes me sad as I had the fortune to know Coach Gilbert when he was with WT he was my wrestling Coach for 5 years (and he was the reason wrestling started there) till he moved to Pioneer where I was able to go see him there a couple times after he left. I once remember I skipped practice to go skating at the park.. When I returned home my mom was waiting for me to take me to the school to see Coach Gilbert as he called my mom to see where I was. I will never forget that meeting in the office with him. He explained to me team, dedication and told me I could be great at that sport and how he believed In me. As I went on to just miss state that yr losing to the state champion in regional. I also had the good fortune to baby sit his two boys a number of times. As did my older sister Kelly. And I am quite sure he went on to teach many kids many lessons about life and the sports they and he loved.
    Tim Richardson
    Rest in peace Coach Gilbert you will always be in my heart.

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