Stephen Robert Gilpatrick, 63, passed away Monday, April 16, 2012 in Nacogdoches, Texas. A funeral service for Steve Gilpatrick, 63, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 19, 2012, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Chireno, Texas, with Father Joseph Lourdusamy officiating. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery in Chireno. Steve was born October 28, 1948, in Bloomington, Indiana, to Max James and Barbara Jean Myers Gilpatrick. Steve graduated from Bloomington High School in 1966. He then served in the U.S. Navy where he was a communications specialist. He was also employed by Texaco Inc. and Chevron Texaco. He was a member of the American Legion, SOAR --Survivors Offering Assistance and Recovery --and also was a 4-H leader. Steve was known as a loving husband, dad, grandpa and son. He was an avid NASCAR fan and loved Indiana University Sports "Go Hoosiers!" He was an outgoing man who loved Texas and his family. He never met a stranger and loved working outdoors in the yard. He had a special love for his hog "Ruby" and his cat, "Hershey" who were known to be his faithful companions during his recovery days. He will be greatly missed by those who knew him best. Stephen was preceded in death by his father, Max James Gilpatrick; brother, Mike Gilpatrick and son, Jaime Gilpatrick. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Linda K. Gilpatrick; daughter, Erin M. Permenter and husband, Jacob; granddaughter, Layla K. Permenter all of San Augustine, Texas; step-son, Jeremy Dyes and his wife, Holly; and grandson, Drake Dyes all of Port O'Connor, Texas; numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Brandon Sargent, David Sargent, Brent Sargent, Jordan Godwin, Tyler Godwin, Mike Rusk and Dean Rusk. Memorial donations may be offered to www.Phoenix-Society.org or mailed to: Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, 1835 RW Berends St. SW, Grand Rapids, Mich. 49519. This organization helps children who have experienced severe burns or skin issues to go to camp and helps rebuild the funds used to support burn victims and to aid in the education and healing of families who have been hurt. Condolences may be offered at www.casonmonk-metcalf.com. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors.
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Published in The Daily Sentinel on Apr. 19, 2012