PAW PAW - Edward John Gilmore, 84, of Paw Paw, passed away April 12, 2017 at OSF Saint Paul Medical Center in Mendota.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 18 at Paw Paw United Methodist Church, 370 Wiley Ave., with Pastor Dave Holden officiating. Interment will be at Melugin Grove Cemetery in Compton. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, April 17 at the church.
Ed was born May 3, 1932 in Compton to Ralph and Evelyn (Bauer) Gilmore. He married Donna Pfeifer on June 1, 1952 at Paw Paw United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 65 years; two sons, Scott (Marianne) Gilmore and Steve (Debra) Gilmore; two granddaughters, Emily (Kyle) Kofoid and Ellyn (Matt) Schoenholz; three great-grandchildren, Edward Kofoid and Ella and Maverick Schoenholz; a step great-granddaughter, Kylie Kofoid; one brother, Chuck (Betty) Gilmore; one sister, Marilyn Tomsha; a brother-in-law, Jim Youssi; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Curtis; one sister, Sue Youssi; and a brother-in-law, Carl Tomsha.
His entire life, Ed farmed and raised hogs in Compton. A fourth generation farmer, he was named Master Farmer by the Prairie Farmer Magazine. He served as president of the Pork Producers Association, president of Lee County F.S. and was a member of the Lee County Farm Bureau. He served his community as a Brooklyn Township Trustee, as a board member of the Compton Fire Department and also as a member of the Mendota School Board. He was a member of the Paw Paw United Methodist Church and served as chairman of the church board. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge. Ed enjoyed collecting toy tractors and restoring Farmall tractors. He enjoyed tractor rides and driving his Model T but more than anything, Ed enjoyed spending time with his beloved family.
Memorials in his name may be directed to the Paw Paw United Methodist Church or N.I.C.E. (Neighbors in Christ Ecumenical) of Lee.
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