October 16, 1925 - November 18, 2016

William Joseph Gilmore, 91, of Florence and Medford, Ore. passed away November 18, 2016. He was born October 16, 1925 in David City, Neb. to William F. and Teckla C. (Kaminski) Gilmore, who preceded him in death.

Bill attended Peru State Teachers College in Peru, Neb. and was a United States Marine Corps veteran of WWII. Bill retired as a teacher and coach at McLaughlin Jr. High School in Medford, Ore. Bill loved family, travel, and track and field. He and his beloved wife Theola spent the last half of his life checking off items on their BUCKET list, including attending the Olympics and World Games, visiting Australia, China, Tahiti, Europe, and the USS Missouri at Pearl Harbor, but Theola said no to Guam.

Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Theola (Eschilman) Gilmore; sister, Kathleen Powers; son, Michael (Reva) Gilmore of Blythe, Calif.; daughters, Marijo and Elden Nordahl of Florence, Ore. and Susan and Tom Owings, Pinetop, Ariz.; grandchildren, Amy and James Thompson, Daniel and Adela Carnaghi, Brian and Rachel Nordahl, Damon and Dana Nordahl, Erin and Tony Mason, Caley and James Joy, Jessica and Michael Harms, Shelly Circle, and Michele Nordahl; and 27 great-grandchildren.

A memorial Mass and celebration of his life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday November 28, 2016 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Medford, Ore. with private interment to be held at Hillcrest Memorial Park. Burns's Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.