Ret. Navy Master Sgt. Washington Bardsley Gilmore of Harrisonville, Missouri was born March 14, 1943 in Harrisonville, Missouri the son of John Samuel and Bertha Ann (Gilbert) Gilmore. He departed this life on Sunday, November 24, 2019 at his home in Harrisonville at the age of 76 years, 8 months and 10 days.
Washington was a 20 year United States Navy veteran attaining the Rank of Master Sgt and was later employed at RMF, Grandview, Missouri. During his high school years he was employed at Scavuzzo's Grocery Store. He was a 1961 graduate of Harrisonville High School and a 1967 graduate of Central Missouri State College, Warrensburg, Missouri. He was a teacher for 1 year before joining the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. After fulfilling his 20 year obligation to the Navy he moved back to the Harrisonville and Garden City Communities. While being stationed in the Philippines he met his first wife, Tessie Melanio. Their family grew to 7 children and were later divorced. He was a faithful father and would go over and above to help his family.
Washington was a member of the Berean Fellowship. Harrisonville, Missouri. He had a great desire to be a true witness for Christ. It was a joy for him to visit with friends at the Rescue Mission and Foxcroft Senior Housing, Harrisonville, Missouri.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Billy; 3 half-brothers and a half-sister.
Washington is survived by 4 sons, James, John, Michael and Richard Gilmore; 2 daughters, Christina Reformado and Jennifer Rogers; 30 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Georgia A. Schrock (David) Garden City, Missouri, Florence Phillips (Fred) Archie, Missouri; his wife, Loretta Manning Gilmore, Harrisonville, Missouri; other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held Saturday, November 30, 2019 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri with burial in the Byler Cemetery near Creighton, Missouri. Full Military Honors were provided by the US Navy Honor Guard.
The family received friends Saturday, November 30, 2019 at the funeral home.
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