Gilbert Herrera Obituary
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In Memory of

Mr. Gilbert F. Herrera

January 29, 1931 - December 10, 2009
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If anyone ever cared, really cared for someone else, it would have to be Mr. Gilbert Herrera. He was a warm hearted and well liked individual, and these wonderful traits came easily to him because he was such a sociable and amiable person, someone who was always making certain that those around him had whatever they needed. Gilbert was a talkative person who loved being the Life Of The Party! Gilbert was born and raised in Yuma, Arizona. He was the son of Juan and Mary Herrera. During his childhood, he learned to be reliable and respectful. Gilbert was a happy child who loved his family. He found it easy to show sympathy and to...
If anyone ever cared, really cared for someone else, it would have to be Mr. Gilbert Herrera. He was a warm hearted and well liked individual, and these wonderful traits came easily to him because he was such a sociable and amiable person, someone who was always making certain that those around him had whatever they needed. Gilbert was a talkative person who loved being the Life Of The Party!

Gilbert was born and raised in Yuma, Arizona. He was the son of Juan and Mary Herrera. During his childhood, he learned to be reliable and respectful. Gilbert was a happy child who loved his family. He found it easy to show sympathy and to perform kind acts for others. These admirable qualities would become a part of Gilbert's personality throughout his life.

Gilbert was raised with seven siblings. He had three older brothers, Candy, John and Gus and four older sisters, Theresa, Gloria, Connie and Helen. Gilbert was the baby so all the sisters took turns taking care of him.

As someone who reveled in the sheer joy of his experiences, Gilbert was always enthusiastic about new adventures. Although he had an exacting nature, Gilbert loved being busy with many projects. One thing Gilbert will certainly be remembered for is that, when he got up in the mornings, he was ready and raring to go. As a young boy, Gilbert had a number of interests and was an active child. In his spare time, he liked to make model airplanes.

For Gilbert, the school routines were never a problem although he generally preferred variety to structure. He seemed to be able to start a project and work right through to its completion. And he was able to do it quickly and efficiently. Gilbert was also adept at details. Gilbert was very observant and was generally quick at picking up new ideas.

College can be a challenge, but Gilbert was undaunted and attended his classes with determination. He had a knack for staying focused and on track no matter what was going on around him. Gilbert enjoyed using the skills he'd already learned and applying them to new courses. He knew that facts and rarely made factual errors. His favorite courses were engineering classes.

There was one thing that all of Gilbert's friends knew and will still remember, and that is that he was a talker. He could pretty much talk to anybody about anything. This quality is one of the primary reasons that Gilbert was such a popular person throughout his life. Gilbert was also dependable, loyal and trustworthy. He was the kind of person who simply radiated good fellowship. While he maintained personal standards and his own personal values, Gilbert was very accepting of others. When Gilbert made friends, he made true and lasting friendships. While growing up, some of his best friends were Gus and Sophia Herrera, Tommy Calzada, Frank Anaya and Charlie and Janet Magdaleno. Later in life, he became friends with Wally and Lorene Sanchez, George and Molly Rogers, Don and Molly Ann Murphy.

Gilbert was a faithful and loving person. Some would even call his sentimental and a romantic at heart. His kindness and consideration radiated an aura of warmth to those around him. Gilbert cared for what others thought and carried that into his marriage. On March 18, 1951 Gilbert married Frances Molinar at Immaculate Conception Church of Yuma, Arizona. Compassionate and devoted, Gilbert worked hard to make his new life partner happy.

Harmony was important to Gilbert and he made every effort to maintain it with his family. Gilbert was blessed with one child, a daughter, Claire. They were also blessed with two grandchildren, granddaughter, Krista and grandson, Sam. Gilbert was always conscious of the feelings others had. He was reasonable and understanding. His secret of success in this area was simple: Gilbert would listen before he would act.

Taking his work seriously came naturally to Gilbert, and he expected the same from those around him. Gilbert was a good team player, someone who was born to cooperate with others. He was what some would call a "people person" and it was demonstrated in his good communication skills. Gilbert was a steady worker, one who was realistic about schedules. The kind of details that would give family members and work colleagues fits were situations that Gilbert handled well. He could understand the details without getting lost in the broad "big picture." His primary occupation in his life was being a surveyor. He was employed for 30 years with various surveying firms, the last one being J. F. Davidson in Riverside from which he retired. He brought harmony to his work environment, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done, while always maintaining respect for his colleagues.

Blessed with a practical nature, Gilbert was a person who appreciated the routine of the military. He was a man who took his obligations seriously, working well with the others in his unit. Gilbert was an Air Force veteran. He was stationed Stateside his whole period of service in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Private First Class.

His high moral standards and traditional values served Gilbert well with his faith. Religion and faith were important to him. He was a member of Precious Blood Church now named Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church for 40 years. He was well respected because he was such an outgoing individual who sought to help in any manner he could.

Since it was easy for Gilbert to meet and get to know new people, he quickly made friends, even in retirement. Once he met those new friends, he loved sharing stories and talking about the good old days. Since he was practical and cost effective, Gilbert was ready when that day to retire finally came in 1991. In retirement, he found new pleasure in cleaning the church every other week for the Lord. His favorite past time was going to the swap meet. Even in retirement, Gilbert stayed in touch with his old friends and made plenty of new acquaintances. He was active in the community and felt fulfilled with the opportunities that retirement offered him.

Gilbert passed away on December 10, 2009 at Asistencia Villa Rehabilitation and Care Center in Redlands, California. He is survived by his wife, Frances; his daughter, Claire; his grandchildren, Krista and Sam; his sisters, Gloria and Helen; his nieces and nephews; and his extended family, Robbie Kerdraon, Cheyenne and Nathaniel Wright. A funeral mass was held at 10:00 AM on Monday, December 21, 2009 at Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church 157 W. Nicolet St., Banning, CA. A rosary was held at 6:00 PM on Sunday, December 20, 2009 at Weaver Mortuary Chapel 1177 Beaumont Avenue, Beaumont, CA. Gilbert was laid to rest in Riverside National Cemetery 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, CA.

Gilbert was a fantastic conversationalist who could engage just about anyone in a discussion. And whenever he said something, he meant it. Gilbert was a down to earth person, outgoing and gregarious. He was without question the type of person who enjoyed experiencing things first hand. He was practical and sensible, but what friends and family will remember him for most is the fact that he was fun, humorous and loved to tease. Everyone whose life he touched will miss Mr. Gilbert F. Herrera.

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