Our beloved Elliott G. Gilmer passed from this life at age 97 into the loving arms of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, on August 27, 2018.
Elliott (Gil), a native born Texan grew up with his folks and sisters Ann and Joyce during the Great Depression of the 20th Century. During Jr. High School (and unbeknownst to him at the time) he met the love of his life, Dona Roush in Amarillo, Texas. After a move from Amarillo, he was later reunited with her prior to WWII.
Serving in both the South Pacific and Asian Pacific Theaters, he enlisted with the Navy Seabees 4th Special Steveador Unit in June 1942 and underwent basic training at the Marine base in Perry, VA. He shipped out from San Diego in March of 1943 on the USS Rochambeau to Dumbea, New Caledonia. From there Gil’s unit was sent to Guadalcanal. He returned to the states briefly in November 1944. On November 14, 1944 he married Dona in Amarillo and then returned to Port Hueneme, CA, before Christmas. He set sail again in April of 1945 for Awase, Okinawa and he remained there until Japan surrendered. Gil was later honorably discharged as a Naval Seabees 2nd Class Carpenters Mate at Camp Pendleton in November of 1945.
After serving his country he studied Civil Engineering at Texas Technological College in Lubbock and then began his engineering career with the Santa Fe Railway upon his graduation with honors in 1949. The family grew with the addition of three children and they moved frequently from railroad town to railroad town, from Chicago to Los Angeles, and points in between. In fact, of the 17 original Divisions of the old AT&SF, he worked on 11 over his 33 year career. Upon his retirement in Los Angeles, he and Dona returned to her home town of Amarillo where they finally settled to enjoy many years of personal travel, grandkids and church friends.
Elliott was preceded in death by his wife, Dona Gilmer and daughter Cherry Estopare. Surviving him are his sister and brother-in-law, Ann and Byrne Wilson, his daughter and son-in-law, Judy and David Ries, son-in-law Leo Estopare and his son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Shirley Gilmer and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, August 30, 2018 in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to High Plains Children’s Home, 11461 S Western St, Amarillo, TX 79118; or to a favorite military veteran’s charity.