OBITUARY

William Leland Gilmer

February 22, 1953March 31, 2021

SFC ret. William Leland Gilmer, age 68, of Selma, Texas passed away on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. Bill was born February 22, 1953 in Fairbanks, Alaska. He was preceded in death by his son Benjamin Gilmer, his father Robert Gilmer, his mother Mabel Gilmer, his siblings Wayne, Barbara, Mansel, Bobby, his in-laws Emanuel and Maria Matejka (Schwanstetten, Germany).

Bill is survived by his wife, Angelika Gilmer of 39 years, 8 months, and 1 week, his son Nicolas Gilmer and spouse Michelle as well as his adored grandchildren Juliana, Jesse , Oliver, his daughter Alisha Gilmer and his only surviving brother Frank (Janie) Gilmer of Burleson, Texas. Along with a long list of in-laws, nieces and nephews in Germany and the United States.

Bill was born in Fairbanks Alaska to Mabel and Bob Gilmer. When he was just an infant, Bob and Mabel packed up six kids, one grandma and two dogs into an Airstream trailer to make the road trip from Alaska to Texas. They settled in Merkel, Texas where Bill and his sibling grew up rock fighting, finding arrowheads in the fields, raising hawks and tricking neighborhood kids into eating grasshoppers.

Bill joined the US Army in 1973. He spent the majority of his military service in Germany where he met the love of his life, his Schatz, Angelika. The Army sent them to Fort Hood, Texas where Nicolas and Benjamin were born, followed by Bremerhaven, Germany and then to Fort Riley, Kansas where their family was completed when Alisha was born. His last and favorite duty station was Fort Irwin, California where he was known as Wolf 13C, a field artillery observer controller. Retirement from his Artillery career was not an easy transition for Bill but the Army had taught him well to “Shoot, move and communicate”. So Bill moved his family to Texas to attended college for a degree in computer science and start his second career. He was the true definition of a renaissance man as he had many interests and could fix anything . If he didn’t know how, he would study at his favorite school “YouTube University”. Bill was a skilled carpenter with a deep, deep, deep tool collection which he was always willing to share with his neighbors, friends and family who needed something built. This was Bill’s favorite way to pay it forward. He also was a tenacious metal detector as proven by has vast collection of pennies, mystery coins, washers, bottle caps and the occasional lost then found wedding ring. He loved to fire up his self-welded grill and barbecue the most delicious ribs. Bill would give you the shirt off his back, but not the secret recipe to his ribs. When pressed all he would reveal is that they were made with love. Bill was a proud and loving husband, father and grandfather. His quiet presence, caring for his family, cowboy wisdom and genius pranks will be missed by all who knew him. In lieu of flower the family requests that you pay it forward like Bill. Fix your neighbors fence, help somebody recover a locked online account, buy your sweetheart flowers just because, build your grandkids a potato cannon, role model style in a Canadian Tuxedo, just don’t drill through your thumb with the power drill. WWBD. (What Would Bill Do)

A special thank you to the staff of Amedisys Hospice, Dr. Foster and all the Physicians and nurses at the BAMC Pulmonary Clinic whose dedicated and compassionate care made it possible for Bill to pass peacefully at home surrounded by his family and loyal canine companion Sofie.

Interment at Fort Sam Military Cemetery followed by a celebration of life will be held at a later date. Please return to this page for date and locations.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.colonialuniversal.com

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Tammy (Nelson) Graham

April 5, 2021

One of my fondest memories is being at grandmas house and all of us sitting around the kitchen table playing rummy and uncle Billy taking his partial tooth out and being a jokester with it. There is one more thing that I will never forget a German word that is stuck to my mind all these years and that is what he called his beautiful wife Shotsy. It’s funny how as we all grow older we also grow apart there was only 12 years at separate uncle Billy and I and of all my uncles he was my favorite. He will be missed I love you uncle Billy say hi to mom for me.

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Biography

SFC ret. William Leland Gilmer, age 68, of Selma, Texas passed away on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. Bill was born February 22, 1953 in Fairbanks, Alaska. He was preceded in death by his son Benjamin Gilmer, his father Robert Gilmer, his mother Mabel Gilmer, his siblings Wayne, Barbara, Mansel, Bobby, his in-laws Emanuel and Maria Matejka (Schwanstetten, Germany).

Bill is survived by his wife, Angelika Gilmer of 39 years, 8 months, and 1 week, his son Nicolas Gilmer and spouse Michelle as well as his adored grandchildren Juliana, Jesse , Oliver, his daughter Alisha Gilmer and his only surviving brother Frank (Janie) Gilmer of Burleson, Texas. Along with a long list of in-laws, nieces and nephews in Germany and the United States.

Bill was born in Fairbanks Alaska to Mabel and Bob Gilmer. When he was just an infant, Bob and Mabel packed up six kids, one grandma and two dogs into an Airstream trailer to make the road trip from Alaska to Texas. They settled in Merkel, Texas where Bill and his sibling grew up rock fighting, finding arrowheads in the fields, raising hawks and tricking neighborhood kids into eating grasshoppers.

Bill joined the US Army in 1973. He spent the majority of his military service in Germany where he met the love of his life, his Schatz, Angelika. The Army sent them to Fort Hood, Texas where Nicolas and Benjamin were born, followed by Bremerhaven, Germany and then to Fort Riley, Kansas where their family was completed when Alisha was born. His last and favorite duty station was Fort Irwin, California where he was known as Wolf 13C, a field artillery observer controller. Retirement from his Artillery career was not an easy transition for Bill but the Army had taught him well to “Shoot, move and communicate”. So Bill moved his family to Texas to attended college for a degree in computer science and start his second career. He was the true definition of a renaissance man as he had many interests and could fix anything . If he didn’t know how, he would study at his favorite school “YouTube University”. Bill was a skilled carpenter with a deep, deep, deep tool collection which he was always willing to share with his neighbors, friends and family who needed something built. This was Bill’s favorite way to pay it forward. He also was a tenacious metal detector as proven by has vast collection of pennies, mystery coins, washers, bottle caps and the occasional lost then found wedding ring. He loved to fire up his self-welded grill and barbecue the most delicious ribs. Bill would give you the shirt off his back, but not the secret recipe to his ribs. When pressed all he would reveal is that they were made with love.

Bill was a proud and loving husband, father and grandfather. His quiet presence, caring for his family, cowboy wisdom and genius pranks will be missed by all who knew him. In lieu of flower the family requests that you pay it forward like Bill. Fix your neighbors fence, help somebody recover a locked online account, buy your sweetheart flowers just because, build your grandkids a potato cannon, role model style in a Canadian Tuxedo, just don’t drill through your thumb with the power drill.
WWBD. (What Would Bill Do)

A special thank you to the staff of Amedisys Hospice, Dr. Foster and all the Physicians and nurses at the BAMC Pulmonary Clinic whose dedicated and compassionate care made it possible for Bill to pass peacefully at home surrounded by his family and loyal canine companion Sofie.

Interment at Fort Sam Military Cemetery followed by a celebration of life will be held at a later date. Please return to this page for date and locations.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.colonialuniversal.com