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Gilbert Puckett

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Gilbert L. Puckett, 73, Somerset, passed away Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at his home.
Gilbert was born Oct. 7, 1939, in Buffalo to Harold and Doris Wooten Puckett. He grew up and attended school in Iola. He proudly served in the U.S. Marines from 1957 to 1961.
He moved to Paola and worked at Taylor Forge until his health required him to retire.
He was married on July 23, 1971, to Martha Weathers. Gilbert and Martha lived in Somerset for 37 years and greatly appreciated their kind neighbors. They enjoyed traveling, going out to dinner and spending time with their dogs. Gilbert’s hobbies included fishing, “chili cook-offs,” gardening, and watching football. Being the oldest of 11 siblings, Gilbert always encouraged and enjoyed family reunions.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Martha, on Sept. 2, 2012; a brother, Jerry, and a sister, Nellie Bancroft.
Survivors include his eight siblings, Lila Benson, Maynard, Ark., Bill Puckett, Independence, Mo., Larry Puckett, Alliance, Neb., Mike Puckett, Lee’s Summit, Mo., Judy Jones, Le Roy,  Ed Puckett, Madison, Dorris Francis, Le Roy, Philip Puckett, Lamont, and many nieces and nephews.
Graveside service will be 11:30 a.m., Tuesday at Somerset Cemetery, Paola. Visitation will be 10 to 11 a.m., Tuesday at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home, 305 N. Pearl St., Paola.
To leave a special message for the family online, please visit www.PenwellGabelPaola.com. Penwell-Gabel Paola Chapel, 913-294-2372.

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