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Charles Ronald (Ron) Gilman was born on September 8, 1939. to Charles Ashley and Lena Madeline (Caywood) Gilman. in Neosho, Mo., and passed away on Tuesday, August 8, 2017.
He attended school in Wyandotte, Okla., and graduated from high school in 1957. He attended Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in Miami, where he earned an Associates of Arts in 1959, and Oklahoma State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 1961. After college, he enlisted in the Army and served from 1962 until 1968.
After his time in the Army, Ron moved to Houston, Texas and began his career as a director of quality control in the dairy industry.
There, he met and married Marsha Lawry in 1972. The couple was blessed with two children, Johnnie Ann, in 1973, and Charles Ronald Jr., in 1975.
Later, Ron moved to Kansas City, Mo. and began a 26-year career with Dairy Farmers of America. Upon his retirement in 2004, Ron moved back to Texas to be closer to his children.
During his life, Ron was active in many community and service organizations. In March 1977, he became a 3rd Degree Master Mason at Fellowship Lodge #345, in Joplin, Mo. Later that year he became 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason. In 1978 he became a member of the Ararat Shrine Temple, of Kansas City.
Ron was proud of his service in the Army. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion, and was active with both the Conroe and Willis posts. He served as a member of the Willis Post 618 Honor Guard for as long as he was physically able.
Ron was a member of First Christian Church, of Conroe, Texas.
Ron is preceded in death by both of his parents and his former wife.
He is survived by his children and grandchildren, Jarrod and Johnnie (Gilman) Walker, of Montgomery, and their son, Atticus; Charles Jr. (Chuck) and Jamie Gilman, of College Station, and their children, Charlie and Avery; his sister and brother-in-law, Bobby and Jane (Gilman) Able, of Stillwater, Okla.; his nieces, nephews, and their spouses and children, Kelly and Julie (Able) Bridges, of Elgin, Okla., and their sons, Zachary, Zane, and Zayden; Jeffery and Buffy Able, of Edmond, Okla., and their children, Hudson and Layla; Dane and Jody (Able) Sallaska, of Stillwater, and their children, Ella and Hilton. Other family members and numerous friends are also left to treasure his memory.
A visitation will be held at Metcalf Funeral Directors Sunday, August 13, from 5-7 p.m., with a funeral service at First Christian Church, Conroe, Monday, August 14, at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Houston National Cemetery at 12:45 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, family would appreciate memorial donations be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Published on August 12, 2017
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