Jesse Gilbert Jr., age 84, of Portage, MI passed away peacefully in his sleep August 17, 2017. Born January 3,1933 in Le junior Kentucky to Jesse and Hedy Gilbert . In 1955 he joined the Marine Corps and honored that title throughout his life. 1957 he married the love of his life Lavada Terry and they had 4 children during their 60 years of marriage. He was a man of strong faith , a member of Philadelphia Church of God . He is survived by his wife Lavada Gilbert , 4 children Jessica Harwood of Holland, Mark Gilbert of kalamazoo, Laurie Davis (Dallas) of Vicksburg, Alena Gilbert of Holland , 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren family will have a private memorial.