GILBERT “SARGE” SARGENT, JR.
Gilbert Sargent, Jr., age 81, of Unionville, MO, died Friday, May 15, 2009,
in the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia, MO.
He was born October 3, 1927 in Keokuk, IA, a son of Gilbert and Ethelyn
Gilbert graduated from Kahoka High School and was an alumni of
Hannibal-LaGrange College and Northeast Mo. State Teachers College receiving a
Masters in Education. He taught and coached in schools in Iowa, Illinois and
Missouri for over 50 years and following retirement from Cardinal Stritch in
Keokuk, had been a substitute teacher at Green City, MO until 2007. During his
teaching career he had also served as Superintendent, Principal and Counselor.
He was known as “Coach” by many for years. He was also a wonderful
story teller who shared that talent and passion with others.
Gilbert married Constance Herwick Buck on July 13, 1991. For the past five
years he had enjoyed living in different places with her job as traveling
Survivors include his wife, Constance, of Unionville, MO; three sons, John
Sargent of Keokuk, IA, Tony Sargent and his family of Keokuk, IA and Daniel
Raymond and family of Wayland, IA; five daughters: Michelle McLaughlin and
family of Powersville, MO, Melissia Carter and family of Russiaville, IN,
Babette Gilworth and family of Unionville, MO, Nora Wyatt and family of
Indianapolis, IN, and, Lora York and family of Indianapolis, IN; twenty-four
grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; several sisters-in-law and
brothers-in-law and their families; as well as other family members and many
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Doris Walker and her
husband, Winston; two grandchildren; and, a nephew, Winston Walker, Jr.
Gilbert served his country in the U.S. Army and served others as a
well-known and loved teacher and coach. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing,
attending auctions, antiquing and finding treasures at garage sales. He loved
spending time with his family and attending his grandchildren’s sporting
Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 19, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Wilson
Funeral Home in Kahoka, MO with Pastor Jim Brown officiating. Special music,
“Wind Beneath My Wings” and “Charity” was provided by Mrs.
Pallbearers were Daniel Raymond, Dennis Mickels, Timothy Hibbets, Donald
McLaughlin, Dan Glasgow, Jr. and Derek Gilworth.
Visitation with family receiving friends was held Monday, May 18, 2009,
from 6-8 p.m. at Playle-Jones Funeral Home in Unionville, MO. Visitation began
at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka after 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 19, 2009, with
family receiving friends from noon until time of services.
Burial with military rites followed at Oakland-Sand Cemetery at Vincennes,
Memorials were suggested to the family.
On-line condolences may be expressed at www.timeformemory.com/wilsonfh.