William Robert “Gil” Gilbaugh
December 23, 1920 ~ December 26, 2013
William Robert “Gil” Gilbaugh passed away on December 26, 2013, just three days after his 93rd birthday. He was born December 23, 1920, in Rapid City, SD. His adoptive parents were William Elbert and Bessie Mae (Ray) Gilbaugh. He attended elementary school in Rapid City and received his lifelong love of nature from his adventure in the Black Hills as a child. He moved west with his parents in 1929, traveling for a year, visiting scenic and historic sites along the way. They settled near Centralia, WA, where the scenery was his daily companion. He had the Cascade Mountains in his backyard and the Pacific Ocean nearby. Gil’s father died when Gil was a junior in high school. Following graduation, from Winlock High School in 1939, he moved with his mother to Omaha, NE to be closer to relatives. Later, they moved to Houston, TX, where Gil worked for Western Union, delivering telegrams on his bicycle. Gil enlisted in the Navy in 1941, and served six years in the South Pacific, aboard the battleship, the U.S.S. Maryland. He married Carolyn Elizabeth Stafford on March 23, 1946. Following his honorable discharge from the Navy, they moved to upstate New York, where Carolyn’s family lived. While on the East Coast, he attended The Progressive School of Photography in Hartford, CT. They returned to Washington in 1949. Gil graduated from WSU in 1954, with a major in Physical Geography and a minor in Recreation. He worked for Washington State Parks as a Ranger and Photographer from 1954 to 1980. He was stationed at Lake Chelan State Park all 25 years. His wife, Carolyn, passed away in 1987. He married Nancy L. Wiley on March 23, 1991. They traveled extensively throughout the United States, collecting many photographs. Together, they had many special times and created memories with great friends and family. Gil has donated the majority of his photo collection to the archives of WSU.
Gil is survived by his wife, Nancy; and four stepchildren, Anita Mammoser and Jeanette Wiley, both of Kent, WA, Gerald Wiley of Tacoma, WA and Mike Wiley of Visalia, CA. He is also survived by six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He had a great bond with his nephew, Bruce Vanderbunt of Oxford, GA. Gil was preceded in death by his parents; and his first wife, Carolyn.
Gil’s Memorial Service is being handled by Jones & Jones~Betts Funeral Home and will be held on Saturday, January 4, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, located at 850 N. James Avenue, East Wenatchee. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Lilac Services For The Blind, (509) 888-7597. Please express your thoughts and memories on the online guestbook at jonesjonesbetts.com. Arrangements are by Jones & Jones~Betts Funeral Home, Wenatchee.