Algene Dallas Gilberts, 75 of Hutchinson, MN, passed away Tuesday, July 19, 2022, at Hutchinson Health in Hutchinson, MN, of lewy body dementia.
Alegene Gilberts was born Jan. 22, 1947, in Willmar, MN. He was the son of Archie and Dorthy (Harding) Gilberts.
Algene grew up on a farm near Lake Lillian. He received his education in Bird Island, MN, and was a graduate of Bird Island High School class of 1965.
He entered active military service in the United States Army, Feb. 10, 1966, in Minneapolis, and served his country during the Vietnam era. He received an honorable discharge Feb. 9, 1968, at Fort Hood, TX, receiving the rank of corporal.
On May 31, 1986, Algene and Debra Bartels were united in marriage at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe, MN. Algene and Debra took residence in rural Hutchinson, where they enjoyed 36 years of marriage.
Algene was employed by 3M from 1968 to 2005 and retired as a production team leader. The highlight of his 3M employment was in 1990, when he was selected to go to India, to assemble and start up tape production equipment, as well as train in operators.
He was a member of First Lutheran Church of Litchfield. He was also a member of the Hutchinson American Legion Post 96, Crow River Snow Pros, and the Two-Cylinder Tractor Club.
Algene had great mechanical skills, could fix anything and enjoyed overhauling engines. He restored his 1953 Golden Jubilee Ford tractor, which was his pride and joy. He spent many happy hours on tractors and combines helping friends with field work.
Algene was an outdoorsman: deer hunting, fishing, motorcycling, and snowmobile trips to Yellowstone. Algene was also a sports fan, especially of the Minnesota Twins and Vikings. He loved and enjoyed spending time with his family, grandchildren, and friends.
Algene is survived by his wife, Debra Gilberts; daughters, Christine Hartwig and her husband, Matt, Kim Arnson; grandchildren, Steven Aronson, Caitlin (Zach) Warner, Christian Callahan, Jamie Hartwig; siblings, Joyce (Gary) Stone, Carol (Jim) Borg, Karen (Larry) Hoffmann, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, David and Gloria Callahan; many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Archie and Dorthy Gilberts; great-grandson, Wyatt Warner; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Leslie and Gladys Bartels.
A memorial service took place Monday, Aug. 1, 2022 at Dobratz-Hantage Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson.