Everal “Gil” Gordon Gilbertson
Wednesday, June 3, 1942
Date of Death:
Monday, September 19, 2022
80 years old
Everal “Gil” Gordon Gilbertson
Everal “Gil” Gordon Gilbertson, 80, of Rochester, MN, died Monday, September 19, 2022 at St. Marys Hospital.
Gil was born June 3, 1942 in Breckenridge, MN to Gordon and Clara (Knutson) Gilbertson. He grew up in Crookston, MN and attended Central High School. Gil then moved to Superior, WI and became an indentured Barber at the “Cross Barber Shop”.
In 1966 he went to work for “The Barbers” in St Paul, MN and learned men’s hairstyling. When Joe Francis franchised “The Barbers” Gil moved to Rochester, MN and opened a location at the new Apache Mall that was being built. “The Barbers” name was later changed to “City Looks”. Gil grew his business and developed it into the largest salon in Minnesota, employing over 100 team members at one time. He also expanded Joe Francis’ other franchise salons throughout the U.S. and at one time owned 19 hair salons. With the encouragement of Joe Francis, in the early 70’s Gil traveled throughout the U.S. competing in men’s haircutting competitions, eventually winning approximately 23 trophies that included two National Championships.
In 1973 Gil married Rose Ann Lehmann who became his partner in business and in life. Together they had 49 wonderful years.
Gil is survived by his loving wife, Rose Ann of Rochester, MN; son, Mark Gilbertson of Rochester; granddaughter, Molly Gilbertson; sisters, Lois Gilbertson of Clearwater, FL, Beverly (Wayne) Thompson of Pinellas Park, FL, Ione (Thomas) Cox of Rochester, MN, Deloris Mitchell of Sandstone, MN; brothers, Warren (Diane) Gilbertson of Bagley, MN, Dennis Gilbertson of Largo FL and many wonderful nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by parents, Gordon and Clara Gilbertson; brothers, Eugene Gilbertson, Lyle Gilbertson, and David Gilbertson.
Family would like to express great gratitude and thanks to all of the team members of City Looks and Cost Cutters for the wonderful memories. Thank you to the Francis family for their love and mentoring throughout Gil’s life. Lastly, a special thanks to the staff at St. Mary’s Hospital; notably Tim and Jenni.
A private family burial will take place in Oakwood East, Rochester, MN. There will be a Celebration of Life on Friday, October 7th from 3:00-7:00 p.m. to take place at Charlie’s Eatery and Pub in Rochester, MN.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch, Eagles Cancer Telethon or the Ronald McDonald House.
The family of Everal “Gil” Gordon Gilbertson has received the following condolences.
In loving memory of Gil,
Rosie, Mark, Molly and Gil's close family...our deepest sympathy to you all. Gil was larger than life, a trailblazer, a leader, a family man, a good man who gave unconditionally and most importantly did amazing things with his life. It has been a tremendous honor to know him and be apart of our lives. He has shown many how to live. Including us!
We are eternally grateful to Gil and Rosie for the love and support they gave to our son, Jake and daughter, Kaylen during their kidney transplant in 2018. They were a huge source of comfort, love and generosity. Being with family made everything better and easier to cope. They were a pivotal part of the transplant success!
We loved to spend time with Gil (and Rosie) We will miss his one in a million, spectacular stories. His class and style. His big heart. God bless the remarkable life of Gil. And may God bring comfort and peace to his grieving family. He is irreplaceable and remarkable!
We will always speak of Gil in the highest regards. May he rest in peace.
Caring thoughts and prayers to the family ❤️
Wade, Tanya, Kaylen, Jake and Allie Knutson
My condolences to the Gilbertson family!!
we will miss you uncle Gil!!
you will be loved and missed by all!!
you were an inspiration to a lot of people!! You achieved big things in life, you were a good uncle!!
you will be missed ,
you will be remembered, you will be loved!
I was deeply saddened to hear about the loss of uncle Gil. One of my favorite uncle’s. He was a wonderful person who took the time to put family first. He was a loving husband of almost 50 years to my beautiful aunt Rosey. He was a great father to my fun loving cousin Mark. He was a carry grandfather to sweet Molly. He was a source of strength and inspiration to many entrepreneurs. He will always be remembered!
I most appreciated his kindness, his love for music with dinner, and his extra efforts to be with family & friends. And of course it was fun to share our June 3rd birthday. He enjoyed life… often quoting the best parts with “it’s a 10!”
My thoughts and prayers are for the family and friends.
Love his niece,
My Dear Rosey,
Gil will truly be missed. I remember like yesterday when Gil hired me as a shampoo girl at The Barbers. As my interest in hair styling increased, he encouraged me to attend St. Paul Barber School. After graduating from there, he hired me and I was the his first woman barber in Rochester. He would show me the clipping he had in his wallet that the PB wrote up about it. I believe he carried that around for quite a few years. We shared our birthdays together, even though they were a day apart and by a few years.
Gil is now enjoying all that he did here on earth in his eternal life now.
Till we see you again Gil, we have ALL the great memories!
Debi and Jeff Felten
You and Gil taught me so very much while I worked for you, and I have carried those lessons forward in my life and other career paths.
I have never forgotten the lessons:
Come with a solution when there is a problem, not just a complaint.
Do your best, work for it and in the end there will be a payoff.
Always, thank everyone, even for the little things. People need to know that you see them and that they make a difference.
My thoughts are with you, Rosy, at this time of loss. May you find some peace in knowing that you and Gil touched, help shape and influenced others.
Greatly loved by family
Forever in our hearts
Till we meet again
SORRY to hear of your loss. (Dave and Micki from the TROPIC BOWL)...
Gil made a huge impression on my life. The knowledge he shared with on our many hunting trips and countless hours shooting archery will never be forgotten. The best times will always be enjoying drinks around the fire at the end of the day. He will always be missed but always with me.
For who you were, for the things you did, for just being you, you are still loved very much. I was always proud of your accomplishments and to be your sister. With LOVE,
Beverly Gilbertson Thompson
Gil, you showed us all how to live and to seize life.
You’re a kind heart was always apparent through your smiling eyes.
Thank you for always making me feel like one of the family. You will be very missed my friend.
We just met you and enjoyed talking to you. I had spoken to your wife, Rose before. What a NICE couple you both were. So sad to hear this RIP
If Tomorrow Starts Without Me (Saddest Poem Ever)
When tomorrow starts without me,
And I'm not there to see,
If the sun should rise and find your eyes
all filled with tears for me,
I wish so much you wouldn't cry
The way you did today,
While thinking of the many things,
We didn't get to say.
I know how much you love me,
As much as I love you,
and each time that you think of me,
I know you'll miss me too.
But when tomorrow starts without me,
Please try to understand,
That an angel came and called my name,
And took me by the hand,
and said my place was ready,
In heaven far above,
And that I'd have to leave behind
All those I dearly love.
But as I turned to walk away,
A tear fell from my eye
For all my life, I'd always thought,
I didn't want to die.
I had so much to live for,
So much left yet to do,
It seemed almost impossible,
That I was leaving you.
I thought of all the yesterdays
The good ones and the bad,
I thought of all the love we shared,
and all the fun we had
If I could re-live yesterday
Just even for a while,
I'd say good-bye and kiss you
And maybe see you smile.
But then I fully realized,
That this could never be,
For emptiness and memories,
would take the place of me.
And when I thought of worldly things,
I might miss come tomorrow,
I thought of you, and when I did,
My heart was filled with sorrow.
But when I walked through heaven's gates,
I felt so much at home
When God looked down and smiled at me,
From His great golden throne.
He said, "This is eternity,
And all I've promised you."
Today your life on earth is past,
But here life starts anew
I promise no tomorrow,
But today will always last,
And since each day's the same way
There's no longing for the past.
You have been so faithful,
So trusting and so true.
Though there were times
You did some things
You knew you shouldn't do.
But you have been forgiven
And now at last you're free.
So won't you come and take my hand
And share my life with me?
So when tomorrow starts without me,
Don't think we're far apart,
For every time you think of me,
I'm right here, in your heart.
Author believed to be
~ David Romano
We are sending our deepest sympathy to you and hugs! We'll cherish the memories and good times spent with Gil. With love, Teddy & Shirley
Rest easy Gil Rosy and Mark I am so sorry to see this my thoughts are with you
When I graduated from cosmetology school, Gill hired me, I work for him for 5 years . I was one of his first cosmetologist he ever hired. back in the day it was all barbers ,that did men’s hair. I help train his staff. He inspired me to pursue my dreams of being a salon owner, so in 1979 I open The Barbers in Marshfield, Wisconsin.Gil you,were my mentor,and a great leader in the hair industry! It was a privilege working for you ! Godspeed,and may you RIP🙏
Gil gave me my first break in life when he hired me in 1975 at THE BARBERS We were the best in Rochester FOR MANY YEARS....I owe a TON TO YOU GIL...Love Frank...Rip BOSS!..
I am so sorry he is gone he was a good man he was a good hunter and he loves his football on Sundays I remember we were there on a Sunday and told every one who was around that day about his hunting which he like the best.