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John Gilmore

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John W. Gilmore

John W. Gilmore, age 91, passed away on August 2, 2013 at Primrose Retirement Village in Anderson, IN surrounded by his loving family.

He was born to Timothy Michael and Grace Rebecca (Shaffer) Gilmore on June 27, 1922 in Crellin (Garrett County), MD. He had 3 brothers and 2 sisters. He graduated from Oakland High School, Oakland, MD in 1939.

After graduation, he went to work as a section hand on the Preston Railroad. In October 1942, he married Betty Ruth Hollis in Oakland, MD. She preceded him in death in 2007.

During World War II, he was inducted into the US Army in June 1943 and trained as a demolition specialist and bridge builder. He served with Company C, 164th Combat Engineer Battalion in the European Theatre, landing on Omaha Beach on D-Day and subsequently serving in five major campaigns. He was discharged in November 1945.

In 1950, he moved to Lafayette, IN to work as an assembly worker at Ross Gear. For a number of years he served as secretary-treasurer of the Ross Gear Athletic Association, and was a founder and secretary of what later became the Industrial Federal Credit Union. He retired from Ross Gear in 1984.

Mr. Gilmore is survived by his daughter Judith Thompson (husband Arthur) of Munster, IN; son Michael Gilmore (wife Barbara) of Indianapolis, IN; and daughter Erin Hampton (husband Brian) of Anderson, IN. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren that were the light of his life.

He enjoyed travelling the United States and Canada with his wife, as well as golfing, bowling, softball, fishing, and camping. He was a member of the United Brethren in Christ Church, Crellin, MD; a member of American Legion Post 11, Lafayette, IN; and a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1154, Lafayette, IN.

Services will be at 1:30 pm on Saturday, August 10, 2013 at Soller-Baker Funeral Home, 400 Twyckenham Boulevard, Lafayette, IN. Interment will be at Tippecanoe Memory Gardens, West Lafayette, IN after a graveside service with military honors.

Published in the Journal & Courier from Aug. 5 to Aug. 6, 2013
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