Larry Allen Gilbertson, 81, of Sauk Centre (formally Elk River), caught the  flight on Eagle’s Wings Jan. 7, 2022, destination: Heaven. He was born on March 5, 1940, in Grafton, North Dakota, to James and Alice (Kinsala) Gilbertson. His best years as a kid and teenager were growing up in Warwick, North Dakota. We could ride the trains for free, as our dad worked in the Great Northern Depot. Larry was always riding the train on some adventure. We moved to Sauk Centre in 1955. In March, 1958, he quit school and enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and was discharged March 1961.Then on April 13, 1961, he enlisted in the regular Air Force and would continue to reenlist every four years for the next 23 years and was retired in February, 1984, from Torrejon AB Spain. Larry’s rank was Master Sergeant. He was Operations Systems Management Supervisor for 23 years, 10 months with Top Secret Clearance. His extension of service was at the request and for the convenience of the government. He received Ribbon with one silver oak leaf cluster, NCO Professional Military Education Graduate Ribbon, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Air Force Overseas Long Tour Ribbon. 

Larry married Isabel (Liz) Hernando Curros on May 26, 1965, in Madrid, Spain. When he retired from the Air Force in 1984, he settled in Elk River. Liz and daughters stayed in Spain as she did not want to leave family over there. Although separated, he still supported his family to his last days. That speaks volumes to the respectful, honorable man that Larry was. He was always there to help and family came first to him. We sure are going to miss his warmth and his forever smiling face, and his sweet little bye bye on the phone and all his love. His greatest passion was flying and would do it every chance he got. While in Elk River, Larry went to work for the United States Post Office in St. Paul until he retired. He liked hanging out at The Sunshine Depot in Elk River and made many friends there. He moved to Sauk Centre 10 years ago to be closer to family.

Larry is survived by his daughters, Angela and Myriam Gilbertson, in Madrid Spain; sisters, Judy (Finch), Jo Alene (Glinnon); brother, Neal (Steph); sister-in-law, Peggy Gilbertson; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Liz; parents, James and Alice Gilbertson; in-laws, Pedro and Angela (Curros) Hernando; brother. Jimmy; brothers-in-law, Chuck Finch and Pat Glinnon; nephews, Tim Finch and Eric Glinnon.

Larry died from COVID.