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Gilbert H. Raab

April 12, 2019 02:09 pm

Gil passed away at his home on April 5, 2019. Born in White Plains, NY to Albert Raab and Agnes O’Connor Raab on August 23, 1927. After graduating from Yonkers High School he served as a private 1st class in the US Army until 1946. He attended Long Island Agriculture and Technical Institute and received an Associate Degree in poultry husbandry in 1949. After graduation he was employed at two major poultry breeder/hatchery farms in Connecticut. In 1953 he purchased a 100 acre farm in Ghent on which he raised poultry and produced eggs. After seventeen years of farming, he became a real estate broker here in Columbia County under the watchful eye of Irving Price. In 1972 he became involved with the Town of Ghent volunteering to help initiate the first zoning regulations in the town. In 1997 he was hired by the Town of Ghent as Zoning Enforcement Officer and served in that position with distinction, stepping down in 2014. He loved his farm, especially the 50 acres of woodland and his 1949 John Deere Tractor Model M. His home away from home was Barkley’s Lake in Pa. He started going there in 1931 with his parents and family and continued to visit up until his death. Gilbert is survived by loving companion, Carol H. Calvin, his first cousin, June Hoffman Keller, Lucille Hilgeman Covell and Donal Levitt and his friend of 65 years Betty Ann Dzelzitis formerly of Kinderhook. Gilbert had an incredible and satisfactory life and was fortunate to achieve his life’s goal of living in the country. Graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions will be accepted by The Columbia Land Conservancy, Chatham, NY. To leave a message of condolence please visit