Don L. Gilmore, 89, of Pana, Illinois died Thursday, June 7, 2018, at 2:29 AM at Prairie Rose Health Care Center, Pana. Funeral services will be Monday, June 11, 2018, at 11:00 AM at Kennedy & Sons Funeral Home, Pana, Illinois with Pastor Terry Walters officiating. Visitation will be 10:00 AM, Monday, June 11, 2018, at Kennedy & Sons, Pana, Illinois. Memorials may be made to Prairie Rose Health Care Center. Burial will be in Lorton Cemetery, Fayette County.
Don L. Gilmore was born on Sunday, January 6, 1929, in Shelby County, Illinois the son of James Edward and Edith Stella (maiden name Mahan) Gilmore. Don was raised in the Ramsey/Herrick Area, and he married Lorene Lorton on February 18, 1948, in Shelbyville, Illinois. She preceded him in death on January 26, 2015. Don was a member of Church of Christ, Herrick, Illinois, and he farmed in the Herrick area, later going to work at Firestone and Christian County Housing Authority.
Don is survived by son Don “Donnie” Gilmore (Judy) of Mattoon, Illinois; daughter Karen Braye of Pana, Illinois; son Ron Gilmore (Brenda) of Fairhope, Alabama; daughter Brenda Kehl (John) of Assumption, Illinois; son Kevin Gilmore (Pam) of Taylorville, Illinois; son Brent Gilmore (partner Anna Strate) of Mount Vernon, Illinois; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Don is preceded in death by his parents, six brothers, and five sisters.