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Gilbert "Gil" Urban
Interment with Military Rites: St. Richard's Cemetery
Gilbert Arthur Urban, age 71, of Swanton, Ohio, passed away Thursday, October 5, 2017 at St. Luke's Hospital. He was born on September 20, 1946 in Toledo, Ohio to Martin and Wealtha (Streaker) Urban.
Gil attended Swanton High School and graduated in 1965. He enlisted in the Marine Corps right after High School. He fought in the Vietnam War in 1966, where he was awarded 2 Purple Hearts, Good Conduct Medal, Vietamese Service Medal, Vietamese Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and a Presidential Unit Citation. Upon returning from the war he was stationed in the Washington, D.C. Marine Corps Honor Guard until 1969. While stationed there Gil met his future wife, Anna Catherine Potts, of Cloverport, Kentucky. On June 21, 1969 they married at St. Steven's Cathedral in Owensboro, Kentucky. They moved to Ohio and together raised four wonderful children. Gil worked at General Motors for 31 years, retiring in 2000.
Several years ago, when Gil was much healthier, he was an active member of St. Richard Catholic Parish. He served as president of CADA and was involved with other church and school projects. He also served many years as Commander of the Swanton VFW Memorial Post #8598.
Gil was an avid Ohio State fan. He also loved hunting with his sons and nephews, fishing, golfing and gambling. Eating out was a favorite thing to do too and he could often be found at Loma Linda's restaurant.
Gil is survived by his devoted wife of 48 years, Anna Catherine; children, Jim (Melissa) Urban of Toledo, OH, Jeff (Sharon) Urban of Holland, OH, and Christine (Dave) McAllister of Swanton, OH; grandchildren, Hunter, Max, Gabe, Liam, Marnie, Major, Annabelle, Chesney, Michael, Katie, and Emily; as well as his deceased son's wife, Jennifer; and siblings, Eva (Denny) Hallett, and Bobby (Kay) Urban; and many nieces and nephews.
Gil was preceded in death by his parents; his oldest son, Bill; and brothers, Martin, Bill, Johnny, Albert, Tom and Chuck.
A special thanks to all the loving family members and friends who have been so comforting during this difficult time. A big thanks also goes out to St. Luke's Hospital and the very caring and professional medical staff there.
Family and friends may visit Monday, October 9th from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home in Swanton (419.826.2631), where the Rosary will be recited at 8:00 p.m. A Mass of Resurrection will be held Tuesday, October 10th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Richard Catholic Church, where visitation will be one hour prior. Father Adam Hertzfeld will preside. Interment with Military Rites will follow at St. Richard's Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Richard Catholic Church or Swanton VFW Memorial Post #8598.
Residence: Swanton, Ohio
Visitation: Monday, October 9th from 3 to 9 pm at the Weigel Funeral Home in Swanton
Mass of Resurrection: Tuesday, October 10th at 11:00 am at St. Richard Catholic Church
My sincere regrets, ...from another Vietnam Vet. Semper Fi
Mike Hepfinger Oct 13 2017 12:00 AM
Please accept our sincere condolences.
Lynda Coffey & David Westmark Oct 9 2017 12:00 AM
Anna, so sorry for your loss. Dwight joins me in expressing our deep sympathy. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Gloria Smith Oct 9 2017 12:00 AM
Anna, we send our deepest sympathy to you & your family. Please know you will be in our thoughts & prayers as you go through this difficult time.
Carole & Jim Fuller Oct 9 2017 12:00 AM
Our deepest sympathy to the Urban Family. Gil brought many laughs to me over the years. He will be greatly missed.
Randall & Amy Switlick Oct 9 2017 12:00 AM
Anna, our thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time. Gilbert gave all to his country and family. He will be missed.
John and Linda Slaninka Oct 9 2017 12:00 AM
Gilbert was someone I admired and loved.He was always so kind. In high school we were in class and I found out he had to go to war and I was so scared for him.
Barbara Norkavage Oct 8 2017 12:00 AM
Anna Catherine, you have my deepest sympathies for you and your family. Gil did so much for others. He would give you the shirt off his back to help you. RIP Gibby!!
Thomas Lammers Oct 7 2017 12:00 AM
Dear Cathy P., My heart goes out to you and your entire family. I still remember the summer you met Gil. What a lovely couple you made! When you both walked in a room, you were so in love that your smiles lit up the room! , I think it was love at first sight! The look of love--I'll never forget it. Thank you for beautiful memories. Take good care of yourself. May God wrap his arms around you and keep you save. Love, Linda
Linda Gibbs Oct 7 2017 12:00 AM
Anna, you have our deepest sympathy and we hope your wonderful memories with Gil will bring you comfort. So very sorry for your loss.
Charlie & Barb (Rieneckert) Guess Oct 7 2017 12:00 AM