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Official Obituary of

Gilbert Colgate Abbe

July 14, 1944 ~ March 13, 2024 (age 79) 79 Years Old

Gilbert Abbe Obituary

Gilbert Colgate Abbe, a resident of Vicksburg for 47 years, died at his home on March 13th after an 18-month battle with cancer. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was born July 17, 1944, in Washington, D.C., to Gilbert Abbe and Laura Christine Paul.

After high school, he enlisted in the Air Force. He completed electronics training and served at Griffis Air Force Base, a Strategic Air Command Base in upstate New York. He worked on defensive fire control systems of B-52 bombers that flew in squadrons 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, as part of a national response to enemy threats during the Cold War.

In 1965 he met the love of his life at church in College Park, Maryland, when Marilyn Smout, a Brigham Young University college student, worked that summer in a House of Representatives office. After a long-distance courtship of two years, they married in the Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Together they raised 6 children and had a happy home for 57 years.

Gilbert studied industrial management and then transitioned to information technology at Weber State College in Utah, the University of Maryland, and Mississippi College. His various careers started in Washington, D.C., where he worked on the newly designed subway system, and then took his family to a taconite mine in Minnesota. Next, he went to Grand Gulf Nuclear Power Station in Mississippi and then became a systems analyst and Oracle data base administrator at the Corps of Engineers.

Gilbert will be remembered for his love of God, of his church, of people around him, and especially of children and infants. He lived a life of service. He served as bishop of the Vicksburg Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ twice for a total of ten years. He used his computer skills to keep technology in both the Jackson and the Monroe Stakes of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints functioning properly.

A gift for problem solving and love of hand and power tools became an opportunity to help others. He enjoyed working on his lathe in his woodshop creating attractive bowls, spinning tops, and Easter eggs. His creations number in the hundreds and are treasured by the many people to whom they became gifts.

Gilbert is preceded in death by his parents Gilbert and Laura Abbe and his sister Patricia Snyder. He is survived by his wife Marilyn Abbe, his sisters Caryl Allan (Jim) and Susan Smith; and his children Dawn Abbe (Joe Fulton), Owen Abbe (Holly), Eddie Abbe, Allison Abbe, Truman Abbe (Mary), and Lance Abbe (Sara); and 11 grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on March 21st at 4:00 pm. Visitation will be at 3:00 pm. He will be buried in Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington, DC.

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March 21, 2024

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints
6300 Indiana Ave
Vicksburg, MS 39180

Memorial Service
March 21, 2024

4:00 PM
Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints
6300 Indiana Ave
Vicksburg, MS 39180


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