MATTHEWS - William Harland Gilmer Jr., 68, died at 8:30 p.m. June 28, 2005, at his residence, due to natural causes.
He was born April 23, 1937, at LaForge, son of the late William Harland and Grace Hazel Owen Gilmer Sr. His birth mother died when he was 9 months old, and he was raised by his father and mother, Iler Bee Howell Gilmer, who also preceded him in death. A 1956 graduate of Matthews High School, he attended Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau for two years, and the University of Missouri-Columbia for one year. A farmer, he had served for 14 years on the A.S.C.S. Board, which he was presently serving at the time of his death. He was also a former alderman on the Matthews City Council and had served as the Matthews Police Judge for one term.
On Feb. 20, 1960, in Sikeston, he married Allie Virginia "Ginger" Croom Gilmer, who survives of the home in Matthews.
Other survivors include: one son and daughter-in-law, Brad and Neila Gilmer of Matthews; two daughters and sons-in-law, Beth and Bernard Steinhoff of Hermann and Jalonda and Billy Wayne Harris of Matthews; two brothers, Larry Gilmer of Matthews and Bruce Gilmer of LaForge; one sister, Janice Schuerenberg of Columbia; four grandchildren, Allison Gilmer of Matthews, B.H. Steinhoff of Hermann, Justin Harris of Magnolia, Ky., and Clay Harris of Belleville, Ill.; two stepgrandchildren, Lauren Daniels and Lynsey Daniels of Matthews; and one great-grandchild, Ryan Harris of Belleville. Several nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel, where services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday. The Rev. Tom McCanless of the Kewanee Missionary Baptist Church will officiate.
Burial will follow in the Matthews Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be: Gene Curtis, Doug Moore, John Wescoat, Chuck Daniels, Fred Harris and Harvey Kelso.
Honorary pallbearers will be: Tommy Romines, Mike Pyles, Gene Tidwell, Lonny Lawson and Larry Wolverton.
may be made to:
National Kidney Foundation
1423 Hanley Industrial Court
St. Louis, MO 63144