Loren Bruce Gilbertson, 64, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 18, 2013, amongst his family at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bellingham, Wash.
Loren was born on Jan. 7, 1949 to William and Elvera Gilbertson in Braham, Minn.
During high school, Loren visited Orcas Island with a friend and shortly after graduating from high school, moved to the Pacific Northwest.
He graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in anthropology and settled on Orcas Island where he met and married Margery Rae Gilbertson, from Crescent City, Calif.
Loren worked in logging and construction, throughout the San Juan Islands and northwest Washington.
He was a born storyteller, articulate, and always quick with a joke, putting smiles on the faces of those around him. Loren enjoyed history, sitting by his fire listening to the radio, and spending time with his friends and family.
Loren is survived by his loving wife, Margery Rae Gilbertson; brother, Gary Gilbertson and wife Alice Gilbertson; son, Timothy A. Gilbertson; and daughter, Rae A. Gilbertson Alberg and her spouse.
Condolences may be sent to PO Box 127, Orcas Wash., 98280.