Robert Wayne Gilmore

Our cherished brother, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather, Robert Wayne Gilmore, passed away Friday, Feb. 2, in Evanston.

Robert was born in Cumberland, on Sept. 26, 1927, to Joseph Gilmore and Elizabeth Sarah Cook. He grew up on the Gilmore ranch in Hilliard and attended the one-room Hilliard schoolhouse through his junior year of high school. His senior year of high school was at Evanston High School.

In 1943, Robert attended the 2nd Ward Church dance, where he met Myrtle Bateman. She would often say, “I saw him at that dance, and I knew I never wanted to let him go; he was the one for me.”

After Robert returned from serving for the U.S. Army in World War II, they were married on July 22, 1949, in Woodruff, Utah. Robert and Myrtle were also members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and their marriage was solemnized in the Ogden Temple on Dec. 20, 1997. Myrtle and Robert were married 72 years.

Robert and Myrtle lived in their family home on Elm Street their whole lives, in a house that Robert built himself. He was very good at building and fixing things, and lived by the credo “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.” 

Robert traveled with Myrtle and other family members all over North America. Robert loved the outdoors, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and snowmobiling into his 90s. 

He is survived by his children, Janis (Richard) Hatch, Joe (Jody) Gilmore, and Donald Gilmore; his siblings, Flora Wagstaff and Amy Gay Narramore; 10 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Robert is preceded by his parents, Joseph Gilmore and Elizabeth Sarah Cook; his brothers Fred, Bud, Lloyd, Junior and Gary Gilmore; and his sisters, Ellen Lester and Betty Scholz.

Funeral services will take place at noon on Thursday, Feb. 8, with a viewing from 10:30-11:45 a.m., at the LDS Elm Street chapel. Interment will follow in the Evanston City Cemetery.

The family would like to extend special thanks to Cowboy Cares, especially ShyAnne, for their loving care to Robert during his final days.