Gilbert (Gil) Kaul

Sunday, June 6, 2021
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Gilbert (Gil) Kaul, age 96, of Glendive, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at the Glendive Hospital. At his bedside, were his long-time friend Shirley Goetz of Glendive and one of his favorite nieces, Cindi Mahan Young, also of Glendive.

Visitation was held Thursday, June 3, 2021 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Silha Funeral Home in Glendive. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 4, 2021 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Glendive with Pastor Greg Lucido officiating. Interment will be at Dawson Memorial Cemetery in Glendive. Silha Funeral Home of Glendive has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Gilbert was born in Hosmer, S.D. on Feb. 21, 1925 to John and Carolina (Stotz) Kaul who had immigrated to the U.S. in the early 1900’s from southern Russia. Gil was baptized and then later confirmed Lutheran in 1939 in Circle, Mont. where the family had moved from South Dakota. In the 1940’s John and Carolina and their family moved to a small farm outside of Glendive in what was then known as The Buffalo Rapids Project, a part of the WPA program. Even though Gil was not in the military, he had the desire to be; however, he was needed on the family farm, so his father John secured an exemption for Gil. Again, because of his need to help on the farm, Gil was unable to complete high school until he completed his GED in 1970.

Working on the farm did have a benefit, though. It was here that Gilbert met the love of his life, Marie Neiffer who was a shy, pretty young woman who lived on the farm across the road from the Kaul farm. After a year+ of courtship, they married on Oct. 15, 1944 at Trinity Lutheran Church, the small country church outside of Glendive. Marie was the daughter of John and Eva (Schock) Neiffer.

Gil and Marie were soon blessed with three children, two of whom survive their father - two daughters, Pamela Wheeler of San Juan Capistrano, Calif. and Sandra Lobdell of Casper, Wyo. The Kaul’s only son, Roger, was called home to Jesus in January of 1989 after his valiant battle with cancer.

In 1946, Gil and Marie purchased a small farm on the Buffalo Rapids Project east of Glendive. It was soon determined that additional income was needed to support their family, so Gil took a job as a mechanic at International Harvester. He worked there during the days, and then early mornings and late evenings, he worked on the farm with Marie assisting with whatever she could during the day. After several years there, Gil went on to work as a mechanic at what is now American Ford in Glendive. In 1961 they moved to Miles City so Marie could attend Beauty College. From there they moved to Missoula and then to California in 1971. Always a “Ford man,” Gil gained employment at a Ford dealership near their California home, and both Gil and Marie joined the church choir and were active members at Hope Lutheran Church in Glendora, Calif. Gil was an auto mechanic for almost 40 years before retiring in 1992. After the tragic loss of Roger, they remained in California until Gil’s retirement, at which time they moved back to Glendive to spend their final years with siblings and cousins.

After being Marie’s sole caregiver for several years, Gil determined that he needed to have assistance in caring for her, and so in November of 2004 he made the very difficult decision to move her to Glendive Extended Care where she remained until her death on Mother’s Day, May 13, 2007. Gil and Marie had enjoyed 62 years of marriage. Gil remained in their Glendive home until August 2014 when he moved to Makoshika Estates, and then onto another apartment complex. He lived independently in Glendive until October of 2020 at which time he fought and won the battle with COVID-19. However, with the fierce Montana winters in the very near future - Sandie, Pam and Gil determined that it was best that he move out of his apartment and into The Heritage Assisted Living. Just a few days later, it was determined that Gil would be better suited for Glendive Extended Care which he entered November 11, 2020 and remained there until his death.

Gil was preceded in death by his wife, Marie; and their son, Roger; as well as his parents and all of his siblings, Alvera Gilbert, Marvin Kaul, Irene Entzel and Verna Lassle.

Gil leaves a legacy of family: Pamela Wheeler (Phil) and son Glenn Tomasyan (Roxanne) and their two sons, Kieren and Kai; Sandra Lobdell (Steve) and their four children: Jennifer Holland (Jack), and sons Ashton and Gabriel, Hillary Rowe (Josh), and son Jacob, Ross Lobdell and son Conner, and Natalie Lobdell; Roger Kaul’s widow, Terrianne Wanland, and their two daughters: Marisa Stapleton (Sean) and daughters Mikayla, Shalynn and Kaylee, Nicole Shaible (Jake) and children Bodie and Betty; as well as numerous nieces and nephews

And he walked with God all the days of his life. Gil was a warm, gentle spirit of a man, easy to know and love. As one of his nephews recently said “...the temporal loss of a man loved and respected by many. I will always think fondly of him and I’m grateful for the influence he was in my life.” One of Pam’s friends has said many times “Gil is the Real Deal!” He was truly a Man of God as he lived his life in service to his family and others, a quiet, helping hand whenever and wherever needed. His favorite pastimes in recent years were days spent at the Lassle Ranch with many of his nieces and nephews. He will be deeply missed!

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His Saints,” Psalm 116:15.