Rex Gilmore passed away peacefully at home in Roseville, California, on Thursday, December 16, 2021, after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
He was born on April 1, 1937 in Sweetwater, Missouri, to Rex A. Gilmore, Sr. and Virginia K. (Stettner) Gilmore, and was 84 years old.
Rex grew up in Dunn, Missouri (just outside of Mountain Grove). He attended the local schools and graduated from Cabool High School with the Class of ‘55. While in high school, he played the trombone in the school band and was also a member of the ROTC. After graduating from high school, he attended the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy (now known as Missouri S&T) graduating with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He also graduated from CSUS with a master’s degree in public administration.
Rex married Norma Erbe on August 6, 1959 at First Baptist Church in Cabool. After the wedding, the newlyweds left on an adventure to California and settled in Yuba City. Rex went to work for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) where he worked as a civil engineer for 41 years.
After six months in California, Rex was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army and the couple moved to Aberdeen, Maryland. Rex and Norma eventually returned to California and settled in Marysville before moving to Sacramento in 1967.
While living in Sacramento, Rex was active for many years at El Camino Baptist Church serving as a deacon, teaching Sunday school, and where he and his friends, Brian Lewis and Dan Ash, operated a food closet that served approximately five hundred families a month for many years. Rex had many enjoyments in his life; however, he treasured the time that he spent with his wife, children, and grandchildren. He will be missed greatly by his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Sandra J. Gilmore.
Rex is survived by his wife of 62 years, Norma Gilmore of Roseville, California, and Willow Springs, Missouri; his son, Andrew Gilmore, also of Roseville; daughters, Kerrie A. Green and husband Steve of Federal Way, Washington, and Mary Cederholm and husband Erik of Sheridan, California. He is further survived by his grandchildren, William Andrew Gilmore and wife Dr. Caitlin Turner of Kirkland, Washington, Sebastian Green of Honolulu, Hawaii, Kamren Green of Seattle, Washington, and Annelise Cederholm and Chloey Cederholm, both of Sheridan, California; and his nephew, Steve Holloway and wife Lisa of Pleasant Hill, Missouri.
A visitation will be held on Monday, January 3, 2022, at First Baptist Church in Willow Springs from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. also at the church with Pastor Joel Hinds officiating. Interment will follow at Willow Springs City Cemetery with full military honors.
Remembrances may be made in his name to MUNCH Food Bank, 811 East Main Street, Willow Springs, or the Convoy of Hope at convoyofhope.org.
Arrangements are under the direction of Willow Funeral Home, LLC in Willow Springs and East Lawn Mortuary in Sacramento, California. The family respectfully requests those who plan to attend to please wear a mask whether you are vaccinated or not.