Marcus Edward Gilbert


Marcus Edward Gilbert, 84, of Franklin, passed away Monday, August 21, 2017 at his residence in Franklin.

He was born January 22, 1933 in Clay County, Kentucky to Steven Gilbert and Presha (Revis) Gilbert.

He married Clara (Peveler) Gilbert; she preceded him in death in 1983. He then married Karen (Young) Gilbert, who preceded him in death on August 14, 2004.

He later married Gwendolyn (Nivens) Gilbert on June 12, 2007; she survives.

He served for 25 years in the United States Air Force, serving two tours in the Vietnam War as a navigation engineer aboard the C-130 Hercules aircraft and was a member of the 1000 Hour Club. He retired in 1977.

He later was a maintenance supervisor for Norplex Oak for 19 years.

He was a life member of Franklin American Legion Post 205. He attended Salem Missionary Baptist Church in Bargersville.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, R.V. traveling, flea marketing, and attending garage sales.

Survivors include his wife, Gwendolyn (Nivens) Gilbert of Franklin; two daughters, Donna Sanders (Steve) of Springdale, Arkansas and Lisa Kaye Robison (John) of Greenwood; four grandchildren, Arla Cress, Jacob Roberts, Ryan Roberts and Brandon Karus; two great-grandchildren, Makena Karenann Cress and Caiden Roberts; Karen’s three children; Gwendolyn’s five children; several step-grandchildren; and several step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wives, Clara (Peveler) Gilbert and Karen (Young) Gilbert; three brothers, John Henry Gilbert, James Gilbert and Marvin Gilbert, and four sisters, Mallie Gilbert, Virginia Poe, Elizabeth Wagers and Ida Mae Branstutter.

Pastor Rich Jenkins will conduct a service Friday at 11 a.m. at Swartz Mortuary and Memorial Center, 300 S. U.S. 31 (Morton Street) in Franklin. Friends may call Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. until the service time at the mortuary. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Greenwood with full military honors conducted by the United States Air Force and Franklin American Legion Post 205.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 5835 W. 96th St., Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46278; The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, KS 66675-8517 or at; or Heart to Heart Hospice, 252 Meadow Drive, Danville, IN 46122. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Information: 317-738-0202.