Cover photo for John Melvin Gilbertson, D.D.S.'s Obituary
John Melvin Gilbertson, D.D.S. Profile Photo
1946 John 2023

John Melvin Gilbertson, D.D.S.

February 12, 1946 — November 4, 2023

Willmar

 

John M. Gilbertson, 77, of Willmar passed away Saturday, November 4, at Brookdale Assisted Living in Willmar. 

 

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 8, from 5-7 pm followed by a Masonic service at 7 pm at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar.  Visitation will continue on Thursday, November 9, at 1 pm followed by the funeral service at 2 pm at Calvary Lutheran Church.  A private interment will be held at Calvary Lutheran Cemetery.  Memorials to honor John may be given to Calvary Lutheran Church or a charity of your choice.  Arrangements are entrusted to Peterson Brothers Funeral Home.  www.petersonbrothers.com

 

John Melvin Gilbertson was born on February 12, 1946, in Willmar, Minnesota, the son of George and Irene (Berg) Gilbertson.  John graduated from Willmar High School in 1964; Concordia College, Moorhead in 1968 and the University of Minnesota Dental School in 1972.  John was united in marriage to Karin Bakken on June 14, 1969, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Willmar.

 

During his summers in college and Dental School, John worked at Burlington Northern Railroad in Willmar and St. Paul.  After graduation from Dental School, John enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a general dentist in Fort Riley, KS.  Upon discharge from the Army, John and Karin relocated to Willmar where he started his dental career as a partner with Gilman, Quale and Gilbertson Dental Office. 

 

John practiced dentistry for a total of 36 years before retiring in 2010.  He was active as a member of the Willmar School Board, 30 years of teaching confirmation at Calvary Lutheran Church, Mason’s and Shriners, Family Promise, United Way and many another community organizations.  John enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing and growing orchids and roses.

 

John is survived by his wife: Karin Gilbertson of Willmar; daughter: Kirstin (James) Howell and their children, Emily and Anna, of Bridgman, MI and son: Joseph Gilbertson of Sioux Falls, SD.  He is also survived by his sister: Ellin (David) Wentzell of Willmar, and a sister-in-law: Carol Gilbertson of Willmar; along with numerous nephews and nieces.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents: George and Irene Gilbertson and brother: Stephen Gilbertson.

 

 

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of John Melvin Gilbertson, D.D.S., please visit our flower store.
John Gilbertson Program.pdf
Open

Service Schedule

Past Services

Visitation

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Peterson Brothers Funeral Home & Cremation Service

700 Becker Ave SW, Willmar, MN 56201

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Masonic Service

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

7:00 - 7:30 pm (Central time)

Peterson Brothers Funeral Home & Cremation Service

700 Becker Ave SW, Willmar, MN 56201

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Visitation

Thursday, November 9, 2023

1:00 - 2:00 pm (Central time)

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Celebration of Life

Thursday, November 9, 2023

2:00 - 3:00 pm (Central time)

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Guestbook

Visits: 2013

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree