Robert Michael Gilman
June 14, 1943 – July 29, 2019
The story of Robert “Bob” Gilman’s life is one of service and commitment. He loved his Lord Jesus Christ and he loved his family. There were few things that took precedence the last decade of his life more important to him than his time with his family and granddaughters. He was a quiet servant to all those around him that knew him. Bob devoted his 47 years of marriage to putting his wife Ann first in all things. He was solely in love and true to her, a rarity in today’s world. All of his effort and time went to making his family safe, secure, and loved. This is a true testament of his impact here on this earth. He truly loved God first, others second, and put himself last.
Bob was born on June 14, 1943 in Washington D.C. to parents Richard and Dorothy Gilman, who are deceased. He had one brother, Stuart – who currently resides in North Potomac, Maryland. Stuart is married to Cindy Gilman and they have 2 children, Diane and Rachel, who both also live in Maryland. He always looked forward to visits with his “Maryland” Gilmans.
Bob served in the United States Air Force from 1966-69. He attended University of Maryland for 3 years before he was to be deployed to Thailand with the Air Force, but due to the sudden death of his father, he received an Honorable Discharge from the USAF. He also worked for the National Security Agency from 1969-1973 in Washington DC. Bob married his lifetime love, Ann Campbell Gilman, on May 6th, 1972 in Tyler, Texas. He would accept Jesus Christ as his personal savior in 1973 and would never be the same. . Additionally, Bob was employed by Impac Systems Engineering, Engatech, and Modcomp.
Bob and Ann would have a son, Richard Kevin - and a daughter, Amy Elizabeth. He has 3 granddaughters, who he regularly spoiled as much as he could- Callie Renee Gilman (17 years old and who he called Putt), Macey Claire Gilman (13 years old and who he called Catch), and Lyndsie Elizabeth Gilman (12 years old and who called Pitch). He would spend as much time as he could with these 3 beautiful souls- serving them and creating an environment of peace and stability.
Bob loved to spend time working in the yard, tinkering in the garage, and there wasn’t an old Western or John Wayne movie that he couldn’t recite. Fishing was his favorite pastime and he took his son dozens of times over the years. He loved to play games with his family, and he played a mean game of Trivial Pursuit. Bob was very handy with fixing things and being an on call maintenance man for Amy and her house, and sometimes even her dog. He was truly a family man that served his one and only wife, Ann for 47 years. Sporting events with his granddaughters were always more importantly followed up with love and hugs by Pops and also some ice cream if they gave him the dreamy eyes look.
Bob and Ann created a beautiful life together and moved several times throughout the years. They lived in Maryland, New Jersey, Illinois, Texas (Houston, Dallas and Humble). Over the years Bob served in several church leadership committees, was a Sunday School teacher, a LifeGroup leader, and served on the Teller Committee at First Baptist Humble. He also served on the Atascocita HOA as a board member. All these positions were for a man of high integrity, an honest man, and a man that could be trusted. He was all of those things thru the saving love and grace of his Lord Jesus Christ.
In the end, Bob would leave this earth giving all he could both to his Lord and to his family and friends. He loved and walked with the Lord until the moment he went home to see him. God blessed us with this beautiful man.
- Visitation Sunday, August 4, 2019
- Funeral Service Monday, August 5, 2019
- Committal Service Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Robert Michael Gilman
August 9, 2019
Bob and I worked together at Giant Food in Wheaton Md for a number of years---lots and lots of laughs--funny,funny stories many of them I can't share ---so many good memories of times gone by--will miss him but will always keep him and his family in my thoughts and prayers!!!May God bless him as I know He will--BobR
August 2, 2019
My Dear Cousin Ann, Your marriage to Bob had to be made in Heaven. You were both Blessed with such a Sweet and Caring Spirit. You both have always been there for us in our times of loss and grief. I know God will comfort you and your beautiful family. We will miss Bob’s quiet presence but his memory will remain forever. I love you, Dee
July 31, 2019
Rich, Dena, Callie, Macey and Lynzie,
Cathy and I are so sorry for your loss.
We're holding each of you close to our hearts through prayer during this difficult time.
Jay & Cathy