Robert Arthur Gilmore

October 9, 1939June 4, 2021

Robert Arthur Gilmore, 81, died peacefully on 6/4/2021.

Robert was born on October 9th, 1939 in Kansas City, Kansas to Walter Gilmore and Viola McDaniel. He graduated from Bishop Ward High School in 1957. After High School, Robert enlisted in the Army National Guard. After his honorable discharge, he spent the following years building houses in the Kansas City area with his father.

Robert married JoFran Delores Bradford in 1966. After moving to North Kansas City, Robert began working for White Westinghouse as an Appliance Parts Warehouse Manager for over 30 years. The couple welcomed one child into their home. He is remembered as a father who encouraged him to pursue his goals.

Robert was accomplished at woodworking and often built bird houses, bird feeders, cabinets and more for those he loved. He was a witty, dedicated individual who loved traveling, bird watching, woodworking, and westerns. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Parish. Robert is preceded in death by his father Walter, and his mother Viola.

Robert is survived by his wife JoFran Gilmore, his son Christopher Gilmore, his daughter-in-law Cara Gilmore, his grandsons Owen and Miles Cockrill, his stepmother Delta (Ann) Gilmore, and his siblings: Daniel Gilmore, Sandra Spears, David Gilmore, Deborah Barnett, John Gilmore, Tammy Purtee, and Mary Gilmore.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be sent to one of the following conservation charities:

The Rocky Mountain Conservancy at:

The National Park Foundation at;jsessionid=00000000.app20126a?df_id=1520&1520.donation=form1&mfc_pref=T&NONCE_TOKEN=BF7EB45B40BE71CF717611CC39F10A37

The Kansas Sierra Club at!form=00P3100000SLL11EAH

The Kansas Land Trust at

The family would like to thank the Palliative Care staff at North Kansas City Hospital for understanding and respecting the families wishes.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Tamara Purtee

June 10, 2021

You were an adult when I was born, crazy right? Dad was like the Energizer bunny, kept going and going, LOL. If you see dad and Dennis up there, tell them I miss and love them so much! Love you brother, rest in peace!