GILMAN, Chesley H. January 12, 1924 - July 27, 2014 Chesley H. Gilman passed away peacefully on July 27, 2014 at his home in Citrus Heights. Surviving him is his wife of 68 years, Lydia, son Dennis Gilman and daughter-in-law Diane, daughter Joanne and son-in-law Ron Volk, and his grandchildren, Jonathan and Stefanie Volk. Chesley was born in Spokane, Washington on January 12, 1924, the youngest of five siblings. Chesley left high school to enlist in the Army following the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor. Too young to serve, he worked in the Seattle shipyards until he was called to enlist in the Army in 1943. Chesley left in the spring of 1944 with the 5th Army's IV Corps for Salerno, Italy. As an MP for IV Corps Headquarters Group, Chesley saw 325 days of continuous engagement with the enemy. After being hospitalized with a severe leg injury in the fall of 1944, Chesley was ordered stateside but instead made his way back to the front lines in order to stay with his comrades. Chesley married his wife of 68 years, Lydia, in Milan, Italy, and then stayed on as the Graves Registration Officer at the military cemetery in Nettuno, Italy. Following the war, Chesley enlisted in the Air Force until he was honorably discharged in 1964. He worked as a procurement officer at McClellan AFB until his retirement from civil service in 1980. He finished his career with a final assignment working as a contracting officer on the Ramon Airbase in Israel, until 1982. Chesley H. Gilman loved nothing more than being surrounded by his family and loved ones. He was a kind, caring man who always put the feelings and needs of others in front of his own. Chesley was regarded by all as someone who always had a kind word for everyone, and who could be trusted to give a helping hand when needed as evidenced by his many years of volunteer work with the Senior Gleaners in Sacramento. The family appreciates the many cards and flowers that have been received. There will be a memorial service at the Holy Family Church in Citrus Heights on August 20 at 10:00 am, followed by a military color guard ceremony at the Calvary Cemetery in Citrus Heights. A reception will follow at the Holy Family Community Center. Friends and family are invited to attend these services.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Aug. 10, 2014