Roy E. Gilmore
Roy E, Gilmore, age 87 of Springfield, passed away at 4:00 p.m. on the 30th day of August 2013 in The Fremont Assisted Living Community.
Roy was born September 18,1925 in Dade County, Missouri. He graduated from Greenfield High School in 1942, at the age of 16.
He married Mary Helen Franklin on March 6, 1944, who he remained married to for 69 plus years. In September 1944, he entered the army and was sent to Europe in January 1945. During World War II he served with the 75th Infantry Division until returning home July 3,1946.
After returning from service, he was drafted by the Yankees to play baseball for the Joplin Miners. He continued his semi-pro baseball career in Minnesota for the Austin Packers until 1960.
In 1961, he became a sales manager with Shelter Insurance Company working in Oklahoma, Missouri and Tennesee. He retired in December 1988 from Shelter after 26 years. After retirement, he enjoyed his grandchildren, especially watching their sports activities, fishing, RV camping and watching the Springfield and St. Louis Cardinal's baseball teams.
He was a member of South Street Christian Church, VFW, American Legion Post 0676,and Good Sam's Clubs. He served as an elder in other Disciples of Christ, Christian Churches.
Roy was preceded in death by his parents, Hughie and Eldora Gilmore and an infant brother. He is survived by his wife, Mary Helen Gilmore, Springfield: daughters, Diane Ulrich (Sam) of Springfield and Darlene Coit (Darryl) of Joplin. He has 4 grandchildren: Brett Ulrich (Gail), Angela Paige (Matthew), Dustin Coit, and Kyle Ulrich (Samantha). He has 8 great-grandchildren: Ian, Zach, Bryleigh; Colvin, Cooper, Kennedy; Kaden and Grayson.
Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m. on the 4th day of September, with the Reverends Janet Given and Caleb Lines officiating, under the direction of Gorman-Scharpf Brentwood Chapel. Burial will be at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m., prior to the service in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice or South Street Christian Church.
Published in the News-Leader from Sept. 2 to Sept. 4, 2013