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John Robert Gilmore

April 16, 1937 ~ June 19, 2018 (age 81)

John R. Gilmore, 81, of Jackson, passed away Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at his home.

            He was born April 16, 1937, in Fruitland, to John W. “Woody” and Evelyn A. Ackman Gilmore.  He and Shelby Jean King were married March 23, 1958, in Fruitland. 

John was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving honorably from December 8, 1955 to August 14, 1957.

In 1950, he began working for C & G Feed and Supply Co., a business established by his late father, Woody Gilmore, and Fred Corse.  In 1987, John purchased the company, and in 2002, he sold it to his son, Bob.   John also owned and operated the first Missouri Kawasaki dealership in Fruitland.

He enjoyed golfing at Kimbeland Country Club and was a former member of the Jackson Elks, where he liked to play cards.

Loving survivors include his wife of 60 years, Shelby Jean of Jackson; three sons, Bob (Stephanie) Gilmore of New Wells, Missouri, Steve Gilmore of Jackson, and Ron (Jennifer) Gilmore of Jackson; five grandchildren, Courtney Gilmore, Austin Gilmore, Aubrey (Tony) Samuels, Heather (Jordan) Reisenbichler, and Alexandra Gilmore; six great-grandchildren; and a brother, Richard Gilmore of Ashville, North Carolina.

            He was preceded in death by his parents.

            Visitation is from 10 a.m. to service time, Friday, June 22, 2018, at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson. 

The funeral is at 2 p.m., Friday, June 22, 2018, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Bob Thompson officiating.  Burial will follow in Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson with graveside military honors.

            Memorials may be made to the MVH (Missouri Veterans Home) Foundation, Attn: Kristen Pind, Volunteer Services, 2400 Memorial Drive, Cape Girardeau, Mo 63701. 


Donations may be made to:

MVH (Missouri Veterans Home) Foundation
Attn: Kristen Pind, Volunteer Services, 2400 Memorial Drive, Cape Girardeau MO 63701
Tel: 1-573-290-5870

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