Racine – Gilbert W. DeMint; age 88; passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, October 11, 2015 surrounded with the love of his family.
Gilbert was born in Racine on November 27, 1926 to the late Blendon and Tessie (nee: Jacob) DeMint. Following high school, he went on to faithfully serve our country from 1942 until 1950. He is one of few soldiers to have served in four branches of service during his time of service – Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.
On January 19, 1952, he was united in marriage with the love of his life, Ruth Mary (nee: Peyton) DeMint. Gil worked for J.I. Case Company for over a decade as payroll supervisor and then retired as a forklift operator in 1990 from Continental Can Company. He was a member of St. Patrick, St. Paul the Apostle and St. Lucy Catholic Churches. Among his interests, he enjoyed traveling, swimming, volunteering, playing cribbage, researching his family history and always had a great ambition for becoming a pilot. Above all, Gil was a devoted family man who always placed his wife & children first in life.
Surviving are his loving wife of nearly 64 years, Ruth; their children, Thomas DeMint, Stephen (Sawyer) DeMint, Colleen Kochel, James DeMint and Donna Marie (Bill) Robnett; daughter-in-law, Nelida DeMint; grandchildren, Joshua (Meghan) DeMint, Meagan Kochel, Jeremy (Jackie) DeMint, Benjamin (Emily) Kochel, Gilbert DeMint, Lian DeMint and Daniel DeMint; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Gil was preceded in death by his beloved son, Michael David DeMint. Additionally, he was also preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Blendon “Ben” DeMint, Ralph (Jean) DeMint, Herbert DeMint and Donald (Susan) DeMint.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, October 23, 2015 at 1:00 pm in St. Lucy Catholic Church, 3101 Drexel Avenue, with Rev. Mark R. Jones officiating. Entombment, with military honors, will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery Mausoleum. Visitation will be in the church on Friday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.
A special note of thanks to Wheaton Franciscan Hospice for the compassionate care and support given in Gil’s time of need. May God bless all of you!