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The Rev. Dr. Donald R. Gilmore, 85, South San Francisco, Calif., formerly of the Wyoming Valley, died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, at St. Francis Pavilion, Daly City, Calif.


The Rev. Dr. Gilmore was born in the Keystone Section, Plains Township, a son of the late Robert N. and Mabel Ralston Gilmore, and was a graduate of the class of 1944, Plains Memorial High School. He proudly served with the Navy duringWorld War IIat Sampson, N.Y., and aboard the USS Europa and the USS Monticello. He was awarded the European and American Theater Ribbons and the World War II Victory Medal. He later earned his Bachelor and Master of Divinity degrees from the Seminary of the Reformed Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, in 1949. He later received the AB degree from Wilkes College and a doctorate in sacred literature from the Manhattan School of Theology, Hollidaysburg, in 1950. He entered the ministry of the Primitive Methodist Church in 1950 and was ordained a Minister of the Gospel in 1954.


He had served Primitive Methodist Churches in Indiana and Pennsylvania. His first pastorate was at the Old Forge/Taylor Circuit, Pa., later pastoring at West Conshocken Primitive Methodist Church; Franklin St. Primitive Methodist Church, Plymouth, St. John's Primitive Methodist Church, Avoca, and Laurel Run Primitive Methodist Church. He was the founding pastor and pastor of Calvary Primitive Methodist Church, Portage, Ind., where he served for 27 years.


He officially retired in 1996, but continued as an interim pastor at Plains Presbyterian Church; Bethesda Congregational Church, Edwardsville and the Wyoming Avenue Christian Church, Kingston for some time following his official retirement. He also found time to write several books and articles on religious subjects.


He was preceded in death by his first wife, Doris Van Buskirk Gilmore, in 1988; his second wife, Frances R. Becky Kelley Gilmore, in 2007; and by a grandson, Robert Nathan Gilmore in 1998; by brothers, Clayton and Robert Gilmore; sisters, Mae Baker and Ida Prendergast.


Surviving are his wife, Ruth Gregor Gilmore, South San Francisco; children, Dr. David T. Gilmore and his wife, Karen Trevethan Gilmore, Valparaiso, Ind., Donald V. Gilmore and his wife, Mary, St. Petersburg, Fla.; grandchildren, Mrs. Kristin Pasko and her husband, Matthew, Suffolk, Va., Electa and Hannah Gilmore, both of St. Petersburg , Fla.; a great-granddaughter, Madelyn Pasko, Suffolk, Va.; numerous nieces, nephews and also several stepchildren.



Funeral was held Saturday at 11 a.m. from the Laurel Run Primitive Methodist Church with the Rev. George Kropp, pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Idetown Cemetery. Viewing was at the H. Merritt Hughes Funeral Home Inc., a Golden Rule Funeral Home, 451 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, and at the church Saturday.


The family requests that flowers that memorial donations in the Rev. Dr. Gilmore's memory be made to the Laurel Run Primitive Methodist Church, 3835 Laurel Run Road, Wilkes-Barre 18702 or the Gideons International, North Luzerne Camp, P.O. Box 344, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18703.


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