Roger West Gilmore
Gilmore, Roger West Of Brooklyn Park, MN passed away April 21, 2020 from complications of ALS. Born January 12, 1932, in Webster City, Iowa, Roger grew up on a farm there. He graduated from Webster City High School in 1949 and went on to the University of Michigan on an NROTC scholarship. Graduating June 13, 1953, Roger was sworn in as Ensign in the U.S. Navy Supply Corps, and married Elizabeth (Ibby) Brophy. Roger served 25 years in the Navy, retiring as a Captain in 1978. In 1979 he was employed by FMC Corporation in Fridley, MN, and moved to Brooklyn Park with his family. He retired from FMC after 10 years as a Program Manager and Business Group Manager. In retirement Roger was an instructor in AARP's Mature Driving Program, moving up to coordinator role and retiring as one of 11 regional coordinators. He was a volunteer mediator, board member and President of the Board with Community Mediation. He was an investigator with the 4th Judicial District Ethics Committee, and after nearly 10 years with that committee, was appointed as a public member of the Minnesota Lawyers Board serving for the maximum six years. Throughout the years he served on the vestry and as usher at Epiphany Episcopal Church in Plymouth, MN. In addition to his dedication to community service, Roger's life-long passions were fishing, vegetable gardening (once a farm boy, always a farmer), and reading. He was a member of Mensa and his sharp wit, humor and intellect will be missed. Roger is survived by his wife, Ibby, 67 years, son Timothy Gilmore of Catonsville, MD, daughter Kathryn Janoff (Jeffrey) of Los Gatos, CA, granddaughters Heather Gilmore of New Hope, MN, Erica Garaffo (Stephan) of Los Gatos, CA, Caitlin May (Anthony) of San Francisco, and great grandson Luca. He was preceded in death by his brother, Bruce L. Gilmore, by sons Kevin and Michael, daughter Mary Beth, and grandson Sean. In lieu of flowers, donations to Church of the Epiphany, 4900 Nathan Lane, Plymouth, MN, 55442 or to the Animal Humane Society, Golden Valley, MN 55422. Due to shelter at home limitations, a memorial will be held in the near future.
Published on May 3, 2020
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