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Head, Gilbert D.

Head, Gilbert D.

September 16, 1936 — November 25, 2022

Gilbert D. Head, age 86, of Kearney, Missouri, passed away November 25, 2022 at his home. Funeral services will be Monday, December 5 at Park Lawn Northland Chapel, 1640 N. M-291 Hwy. Liberty, MO 64068. Visitation will be from 9:30-11:00 am with a celebration of life service at 11:00 am. Burial will be at the Masonic Cemetery in Excelsior Springs.

Gilbert was born in Linn County, Missouri, the youngest of six children born to Walter Ray Head and Mamie Blanche Barclay Head. He began his education at the one-room Enterprise School.   It was during his freshman year in high school at Linn County R-1 that he met his true love and future wife, Dorothy Johnson.   Gilbert attended the University of Missouri, majoring in Forestry. He served in the U.S. Army from 1957-1959 with the 51st Signal Battalion in Uijeongbu, South Korea.   After his discharge, he resumed his studies at the University and in August 1959 he and Dorothy were married.   They had two children, Sara and Geoffrey, and two grandchildren, Laura and Anna.   They were blessed with 56 years together before Dorothy's passing in 2016.

Gilbert's career was in forest products sales, retiring from Roseburg Forest Products after 38 years in the industry. Gilbert enjoyed hunting, golfing and raising tomatoes and cattle on his small farm near Kearney. He was a member of Woods Memorial Christian Church and Second Baptist Church. He was a Mason and a Shriner. He enthusiastically supported the work of the Masonic Home of Missouri and Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Gilbert was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Allen, Eldon, Richard and Vernon and a sister, Dorothy Ramborger.   Gilbert is survived by his children, Sara Miller (Daniel) and Geoffrey Head, grandchildren Laura Miller Schonhardt (Thomas) and Anna Miller, great-grandson Conrad Schonhardt, brother-in-law Dean Johnson (Marlene), sister-in-law Ann Head and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children or to a scholarship fund in his name to be awarded to a Linn County R-1 student.

Service Information

Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM on Monday, December 5, 2022 at Park Lawn Northland Chapel, 1640 N. M-291 Hwy Liberty, MO 64068. A visitation will be from 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM at the funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Masonic Cemetery in Excelsior Springs, Missouri.

Head, Gilbert D.'s Guestbook

A fine man and a wonderful uncle. May he rest in peace with his beloved Dorothy.


I was so sorry to hear of Gilbert's passing while listening to Second Baptist's church service this morning. You are in our hearts as you grieve this loss. What a kind and gentle man he was. He loved his family with his whole heart. He and his late wife, Dorothy, were dear friends of my mom and dad. Gilbert even came by Park Lawn this past summer when our mom passed away. His visit meant so much to us. On one of my visits home years ago, we had been invited over to the Heads for coffee and pie. After a sweet conversation, Gilbert and Dorothy took me out back to show me their extraordinary flower garden that they were so proud of. Truly a work of art and testimonial of their deep love for one another. They dug up some of her beautiful lilies, wrapped them carefully in newspaper so I could transport them back to my home in Colorado. They are still blooming every summer! I will always remember their beautiful souls!

Martha Ginn Puckett

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