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Harold Gilmore, 106, Overbrook: March 28, 1914 – Nov. 16, 2020

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Harold Gilmore, the fifth of seven sons of Thomas W. and Ardelle (Orchard) Gilmore, was born March 28, 1914, in the family home five miles south of Overbrook, Kan., in the Valley Brook community. He died Nov. 16, 2020, at Brookside Manor, Overbrook, at the amazing age of 106 years.

After Harold graduated from Overbrook Rural High School in 1934, he began an 86-year period of living and working in all parts of the United States, before returning “home” to Overbrook in August 2020.

Because Ardelle died in 1924, the boys were raised by a father and uncle, and became a close knit family who sometimes worked together and lived together, and in later years held numerous family reunions.

In 1934, he moved to Kentucky, where he lived with brother Montague, worked for All States Life Insurance Co., and met and married Margaret Banker on July 6, 1940. They adopted a son, Thomas Martin Gilmore (June 15, 1947 – Dec. 15, 2017). During WWII he became a truck farmer, raising and selling tomatoes, green peppers, corn, cabbage, and green beans. More moves included Columbus, Ohio, with brother Montague, and Denver, Colo., near brothers Willis and George, where he started a long, successful career with Prudential Insurance. Onward to Boise, Idaho, and San Francisco, where he retired in 1975.

They built a lovely home on Cherokee Lake near Bear Station, Tenn., again near brother Montague and Sara. George was living with Harold and Margaret, and soon the three brothers and spouses began wintering in Florida. After Margaret died Feb. 14, 1985, Harold sold the Tennessee home, and moved permanently to Port St. Lucie, Fla., where he met real estate agent, Sue Quinn, whom he married June 21, 1991. The realty company not only sold properties, but also managed rental properties. Harold pitched right in to maintain the properties, be productive, and was always comfortable in his relaxing attire of Bermuda shorts and loafers. Sue died suddenly on Thanksgiving Day 2004, at age 56.

Youngest brother Solon was responsible for encouraging frequent family reunions back in Overbrook, starting in 1993. This led to gathering pictures and biographical information about the families and more reunions in 1998, 2004, and 2007. In 2014, it was time to celebrate Harold’s 100th birthday with a gathering in Lawrence, and a magnificent party in the Overbrook Library Community Room, which included family members from Connecticut, North Carolina, South Carolina, Massachusetts, Illinois, New York, Arkansas, Colorado, and Kansas. Then Overbrook Mayor Don Shultz presented a proclamation to Harold that named March 28 as “Harold Gilmore Day in Overbrook”.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas W. Gilmore in 1943, and Ardelle Orchard Gilmore, 1924; son, Thomas Martin Gilmore, 2017; brothers, Forest, 1922, Willis, 1959, Montague, 1988, Britte, 2001, Solon, 2009; nephew, Bill Gilmore, 2020; first wife, Margaret, 1985, and second wife, Sue, 2004.

Harold is survived by 104-year-old brother George Gilmore, of Columbia, S.C.; daughter-in-law, Becky Gilmore, Bend, Ore.; two nieces, Pam Gibson and Betty Lou Davis; three nephews, Jack Gilmore, Bill Gilmore and Phil Gilmore; numerous other relatives who loved “Uncle Harold”; and good friend of 16 years, Goldie Bergandi.

Graveside services and inurnment will be planned for Valley Brook Cemetery at a later date. Condolences can be left at www.lamb-roberts.com.

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