Gilbert Withrow

July 9, 1923 – March 19, 2007

Gilbert (Pop) Benjamin Withrow, 83, of Sweet Home died March 19, 2007 at his home. He was born July 9, 1923 in Atoka, Okla., the son of Claude and Adell (Swindell) Withrow.

He married his lifelong friend and sweetheart, Ila Beatrice Williams, in 1946.

Mr. Withrow served two terms in Europe during World War II, attaining the rank of Sgt. 1st class. He received multiple awards including three Bronze Service Stars, EAME Ribbon, Army of Occupations Medal, WWII Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

He moved his family to Oregon in 1947 and worked in the lumber industry as a lead millwright. He lived in Sweet Home for the last 52 years. He was an outdoor enthusiast with a love of hunting, fishing and camping.

Mr. Withrow is survived by a son, Ben Withrow; daughters, Ila Jean Pitts, Kathy Withrow and Janet Jones; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren and close friends Bill and Carol Rounsaville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Adell Withrow; brothers, Windell, Orville and Crell Withrow; sisters, Oleta Corkett, Louise Uber and Adell Wallace; great-grandson Ryan Pitts and great-great-grandson Joseph Gray.

A memorial service was held on Friday, March 23, at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel.

Graveside service followed at Twin Oaks Memorial Cemetery on Riverside Drive in Albany. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel will be handling the arrangements.