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Dr. H. Kenneth Gilbertson, DC

March 16, 1948 — October 31, 2023

Saint Peters, MO

Dr. H Kenneth Gilbertson II, DC, of Saint Peters, MO, passed away Tuesday, October 31, 2023, at the age of 75. Beloved husband of Judith Simms-Brown; cherished son of the late Bernice and Dr. Harold Kenneth Gilbertson; devoted father of Becky (Jonathan) Webb, Brett Gilbertson, Amy (Drew) Pochapsky, and the late Marty Gilbertson; loving grandfather of Caden, Baylor and Piper Webb; Wyatt and Nolan Pochapsky; and dear brother of Deborah (Dale) Shannon.

Ken devoted more than five decades to his career as a chiropractor, walking in the footsteps of his father and eventually assuming leadership of the family practice in Bridgeton, MO. Passionate about aiding others, he found immense joy in his work, also serving five years on the Missouri State Board of Chiropractic Examiners including two years as president, and as an adjunct clinical faculty member at his alma mater, Logan University, Chesterfield, MO. Ken was a diplomat of the American Academy of Pain Management, and an associate in Spinal Biomechanics Engineering. He was also active in maintaining best practices through a nation-wide professional chiropractic group known as the Knights.

He was an adventurous and affectionate father, orchestrating family trips for Rocky Mountain skiing, Lake of the Ozarks boating, Ozark river canoeing and Florida beach fun, plus global traveling, white water rafting, horseback riding, and piloting his own 4-seater Piper Cherokee to get him to where he needed to be even faster. He was a regular at the Creve Coeur JCCA for racketball, yoga and fellowship. Ken cultivated friendships from across the country and around the world including Southeast Asia and the Middle East. And he maintained those friendships, including his best friend from grade school.

Ken was known for his repertoire of dad jokes, his love for grilling steaks and smoking ribs (as well as cigars), his gregarious nature, and love for his favorite four-legged friends: Angel, Calley and Rush. He will be greatly missed by all.

Memorials may be made in Ken’s name to Shriners Hospital for Children. https://www.shrinerschildrens.org/en/locations/st-louis

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