Curtis Gilbertson

Curtis R. Gilbertson, 88, of Waterloo died Friday, March 10, 2023 at MercyOne Medical Center in Waterloo. Public visitation will be held Wednesday, March 15 from 5-7 p.m. at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service, West Ridgeway in Waterloo. Funeral service will take place Thursday, March 16 at 10:30 a.m. at Unity Presbyterian Church, Waterloo with visitation one hour prior.

Graveside service will immediately follow the funeral service at Fairview Cemetery in Waterloo, with full military honors rendered by the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard and AMVETS Post 31. A reception will immediately follow graveside services at Unity Presbyterian Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Unity Presbyterian Church or The Moose Lodge #328.

Curtis was born October 14, 1934 in Waukon, the son of Marcus and Selma (Sanderson) Gilbertson. He graduated from Waukon High School in 1952, and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force serving honorably for eight years. June 26, 1959, Curtis and Betty Klocke were united in marriage in Waukon. The two relocated to Waterloo where Curtis worked for several companies and retired from John Deere after 25 years in 1994.

He was a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan and enjoyed attending games with his family. When the Cubs weren’t on TV, Old Western shows would be playing. Curtis also loved to fish and went on many fishing trips. Above all else, he loved vacationing and spending time with his family.

Curtis is survived by his wife, Betty; his son, Doug (Lynn) Gilbertson; his daughter, Deb (Rob) Reinard; his grandchildren, Jordan Reinard (fiancée Melissa), Mason Reinard, Zach (Carissa) Johnson, Tony (Cari) Widdel and Ryan (Cristina) Widdel; seven great-grandchildren; his sister, Delores Spiegelhalter; his sisters-in-law, Alyce Klocke and Annie Teff; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Mark Gilbertson; and his brothers-in-law, Merlyn Klocke and Bob Teff.

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