Robert James “Jim” Gilbert, Jr.

June 10, 1983 ‒ July 04, 2018

Maineville, Ohio

MAINEVILLE: Jim Gilbert had a passion for learning, he developed a lifestyle of growing and instilled that nature in his children – not by showing them new things – but involving them. His YouTube channel description: “I like to teach my kids valuable skills. We try to not take life too seriously as we explore creative ideas and projects. This is a record of our shenanigans and a picture into our lives” clearly portrays his intentional plan to teach by inclusion. Jim Gilbert had a passion for his family!

Jim passed into the Lord’s care Wednesday, July 4, 2018 from his home in Maineville. He was 35.

Born Robert James Gilbert, Jr. June 10, 1983 in Mansfield, he was graduated from Clear Fork High School in 2002 and earned his Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering from DeVry University in 2005. For the past 13 years, Jim had worked as manager of software development for Tech King Operations in Mason, handling programing for conveyor controls and warehouse systems.

His YouTube channel videos run the gamut from vacation chronicles to photography how-tos to sweet “Small Talk” informal chats with Natalie and Jack. With hundreds of subscribers, his channel documents his varied interests and deep love for his wife and children.

Jim enjoyed woodworking, archery, shooting, photography, and all things technology oriented. His interest in learning kept a book constantly in his hands that may be on history, Christianity, WWII, or, of course, computer programming.

He is survived by his wife Laura (Stewart)  Gilbert, whom he married August 6, 2005; their children Natalie Gilbert and Jack Gilbert; his parents Robert J., Sr. and Melanie (Clements) Gilbert of Bellville; sister Kristine (Andrew) Nichols of Lexington; grandparents Howard and Bonnie Gilbert of Lexington, Barbara Clements of Bellville; mother-in-law Mary Stewart of Mansfield; sister-in-law Jen Stewart of Alexandria, VA; and an extended family that includes aunts, uncles, cousins, niece and nephew.

The Gilbert family will receive friends Sunday, July 8, 2018 from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where his funeral service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. Pastor Gene Witzky will officiate. Burial will follow. A memorial service will be held later this month in Cincinnati for friends and family in that area.

Contributions in Jim’s memory to his children’s scholarship fund may be made at the funeral home (please make checks payable to Laura Gilbert).

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  • Our deepest sympathies to you and the entire family on losing this giant of a man to all who knew him.
    May God continue to bring you peace and comfort during this difficult time.
    Bless you in the name of Jesus.

  • I lived next to the Gilberts in Maineville Ohio for many years and enjoyed it immensely. They were a great couple and great parents. Jim always seemed to have a project going, but still had time to help out a neighbor and friend. I remember one winter in particular where we had several heavy snows. I came home one night to find my drive way completely cleared of a 10″ snow fall. This happened several more times over the winter and I had no idea who was doing it. So I referred to this person as ‘my snow elf’. Finally one saturday, I was in the garage and heard a motor. I opened to garage door to find out that my little ‘snow elf’ was Jim! I thanked him, but he would never know how much that favor meant to me. He was a great friend and when I moved, I missed having such good people around me. My heart breaks at the thought of Laura and his children losing such a great dad and husband. I pray they find comfort in his memory and the gifts he shared with his family. Laura – I am here if you need me, just ask.

  • To the family, I have not words to say but tears to offer. I will always remember rocking Jimmy when you lived by the office. Watched him grow and love his family. Even cutting his hair was a joy. The care and laughter when hard times fell upon you all. Jimmy was amazing. Thank you Lord for the many memories and sharing him with us, even though it was shorter than we desired. Godspeed
    Beth Nunn

  • Dear Laura,

    Although we never met, I love you because I see you through your mother’s eyes. I cheered and rejoiced with every hurdle you overcame. I have prayed for you and for your children and for Jim for years. I will continue to lift you up in the days and months to come. My heart aches for your dear family. Be assured you are in my thoughts and prayers, and I know my God will supply your every need through His riches in Christ Jesus.

    Just to give you some frame of reference, I am your mom’s palat chatt -cooking -card-playing-marathon – Bible study- book writing-Dog Park-trecking friend, Joann. I adore your mom. We have shared so many good times and prayed through heart aches as well.

    Your Natalie is just one day younger than my grandson Gabriel. 😊❤️

    Blessing to you, Laura, I will be lifting you up.

  • My heartfelt sympathies for your family at this difficult time. Although Jim is my cousin I never really got a chance to know him. I only know of the stories you all have told. I’m sad I didn’t get to know him as he sure seemed like a wonderful man. You all are in my prayers and I hope Gods warm embrace comforts you during this very difficult time.

  • My deepest sympathies to all of you. While I had not seen Jimmy in years, I have fond memories of him from our childhood. He was always reading and investigating things even then! Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Cassie Swisher (Smith)

  • Jim was anything but a “regular guy.” Though we didn’t know him long enough to know him well personally, his creative genius, playful spirit, parenting style, and deep love for his family came through clearly in his videos and facebook posts. Our hearts are broken that he has been taken way much too young. We have been praying for you all and won’t be stopping anytime soon. May the nearness of God be your good (Psalm 73:28).

  • I was shocked and saddened to read of Jim’s passing. It has been many, many years since he was in my kindergarten class, but I remember him well – the non-singer. I really enjoyed him (and his sister) and always loved the updates I got when I ran into his grandparents at craft shows, etc. You all have my deepest sympathy!
    Jane Kurdzel

  • Bob and Melanie and family our thoughts and prayers are with you all May God give you Strenght thru this terrible time Life is not Fair but Jimmy new God and he is in Heaven God is Blessed with an Amazing Angel

  • To all of this dear family I offer my deepest sympathy.You have been in my thoughts and prayers for many weeks now,and my heart aches for you all.I didnt have the pleasure of knowing Jim ,but I know from everything his aunt Deloris told me about him he was a wonderful person in all areas of his life .I know that he will be missed so much by all of you.I hope in the days to come that all the memories you have of him will in some way give you peace and comfort.Thanks be to God he is in a much better place now and will suffer no more.We all look forward to that blessed day when we will be rejoiceing forever in the presence of our Lord and Savior.Please know that I will be praying for Gods mercy and comfort to be with you in the days ahead.I love you all so very much.

  • Our family is holding you in our thoughts and prayers as we know you have done for us. It is even more difficult when it seems too soon for our loved one to be gone. God grant you comfort.
    With love from the Kopcial Family.

  • To The Gilbert’s,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. Jim was definitely a good man and had some good times hanging out with him back in the day. He will surely be missed. Again our deepest condolences from Virginia.

    With Respect,
    Nathan and Amy Miller

  • Children are God’s greatest blessing. Our thoughts and prayers for the whole family.

  • Dear Gilbert family: Our hearts are broken for all of you! We can’t understand why one so young is taken and we older ones are still here! God in His infinite wisdom has His reasons but we are left just wondering why. Laura, we never met you but we have spent many years praying for your complete healing and we have been praying for a miracle for Jim. It hurts when God chooses to answer in a way different than we want. We must be content that Jim got his heavenly reward so much faster! We are happy for him but so very sad for all of you that he left behind! Love and Prayers, Stan and Donna Petra’s.

  • Melanie, Dr. Bob and family,

    My heart breaks for you at the loss of Jim. Although it has been many years since I have seen him, it is apparent he grew up to be a great young man, husband and father. I remember babysitting him when you still lived above the office in the early days!

    There are no words we can say that can take your pain away. We can, however, lift you up in prayer and love asking God to hold you in the palm of His hand, keeping you close, and granting comfort and peace as you walk this difficult path.

    With our deepest sympathies,
    Scott & Donna (Merce) Freehafer

  • To The Gilberts:

    My deepest condolences. While I may have called Jimmy my mortal enemy in youth, he always held a special place as a worthy foe. It was truly inspiring watching him grow to become a wonderful husband and parent, and I must have shared his videos with dozens of people spanning the globe. His wit, intelligence and love will live on in his beautiful family. I am praying for you all in these difficult times.

    “To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”
    J.K. Rowling

    With Deepest Sympathy,