Thursday, June 10, 2010

Jerry Lee Gillum, 71, of Shell Knob, passed away Tuesday, June 1, 2010, in Cleburne, Texas.

He was born Aug. 9, 1938, in Connersville, Ind., the son of Wesley Manzo and Elsie Eloise (VanAusdal) Gillum. In December 1982, he was united in marriage to Linda R. Daugherty, who survives.

Additional survivors include: four sons, Jerry Lee Gillum, Jr., and his wife, Sandy, of Valley Center, Calif., David Wesley Gillum and his wife, Deanne, of Hamilton, Mont., Brian Todd Gillum and his wife, Pam, of Lake Stevens, Wash., and Paul Andrew Gillum and his wife, Lori, of Hamilton, Mont.; one daughter, Terri Lynn Christensen and her husband, J.D., of Cleburne, Texas; 15 grandchildren; and six great- grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents; three brothers, Keith, Billy and Bobby Gillum; and a great-grandson.

He grew up in Connersville, Ind., where he became a competitive swimmer in high school, holding the state record for the individual medley and completed in a 19-mile swim in Lake Michigan. At the age of 19, he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. He received a four-year scholarship for swimming at Ohio State University but turned it down to serve his country in the U.S. Navy. He served in Vietnam and was awarded the Navy-Marine Corps Medal for Heroism while serving on the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier. After 26 years of service, he retired in 1982 with the rank of Senior Chief Warrant Officer (CW04) and was known as "The Gunner." He was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans. In January 2001, he and Linda retired to Shell Knob. He was an active member of First Baptist Church of Shell Knob, where he served in many areas including that of deacon.

Memorial services with military honors will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, Shell Knob, under the direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Shell Knob. Pastor Bob Gaddis will conduct the services. Burial will be at 10 a.m., Monday, July 12, in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield, under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Shell Knob.

Contributions may be made to Shell Knob First Baptist Church in his memory.

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