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Funeral service for Gilbert Meeks will be Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 1:30 pm. at the First Christian Church in Cherokee with burial to follow at Byron-Amorita Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with family present from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Arrangements are by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Cherokee. www.lanmanmemorials.com Facebook: Lanman Funeral Home Inc
Gilbert was born in Byron, Oklahoma on October 19, 1922 to Curtis and Dorothy Faye (McClaflin) Meeks. He passed away at the Community Health Center in Wakita on September 8, 2018. Gilbert grew up in the Byron and Cherokee area. Later he served in the U.S. Army in Japan until 1947. After serving in the Army he returned to the Cherokee are to work at the Schoeb Feedlot. He worked there for fifty-two years watching it change hands and become Alfalfa Feeders.
Gilbert married Maxine Siler on March 4, 1948. They were married for sixty-four years and had two children: Vernon and Marva. Vernon passed on in 2009 and Maxine passed in 2011. Gilbert retired in 1999 at the age of 77. He then worked and fixed old lawn mowers that were found at garage sales.
Gilbert was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Maxine; son, Vernon; two brothers, a great-great granddaughter, Layla and son-in-law, Bob Stewart.
He is survived by daughter, Marva Stewart of Nescatunga, Oklahoma; daughter-in-law, Mae Meeks of McPherson, Kansas; grandchildren, Jackie Koehn of McPherson, Kansas, Kimberely and Dave Wegele of McPherson, Kansas, Sarah Watkins of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Aaron Fallis of Alva, Oklahoma; seventeen great grandchildren and thirteen great-great grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s through the funeral home.