FIELDON - Carl David Gilman, 77, died unexpectedly at 1:47 p.m., Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at St. John's Hospital in Springfield from complications of pneumonia.
He was born in Rosedale on April 5, 1941, and was the oldest of five children born to William D. and Naomi (Groppel) Gilman.
He graduated in 1959 from Jersey Community High School in Jerseyville, and served with the United States Army during the Vietnam War.
His life was centered around the core of faith, family and farm. He was a passionate farmer who enjoyed working the land, and enjoyed and was especially proud to work on the farm alongside his son. He was a devoted Husband, Dad and Grandpa who took great pride in his family.
He was a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Fieldon, the Fieldon Masonic Lodge, a dedicated Richwood Township Trustee for 40 years, and the President of the Stella Vintage section of the Fieldon Cemetery.
He married the former Jean Meuth on September 9, 1967 at the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Fieldon, and together they built a life together that spanned 51 years and the joys of raising their three children.
Surviving are his wife, Jean Gilman of Fieldon; two daughters and sons in-law, Julie and Rex Schofield of Carrollton and Susan and Kevin Ayres of Jerseyville; a son, David Gilman, and his fiance' Misty Yarrington, and her four children, Destiny, Colten, Hannah, and Maddie; five grandchildren, Haley Schofield, Megan Ayres, Molly Ayres, Eric Schofield and Madelynn Gilman; three brothers and sisters in-law, Roger and Barbara Gilman of Hardin, Robert and DeeDee Gilman of Jerseyville, and Frederick and Mary Gilman of Michael; a sister and brother in-law, Linda and Larry King of Jerseyville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a nephew, Anthony Gilman; and his father in-law and mother in-law, Maurice and June Meuth.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. Monday at the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Fieldon, with Father Martin Smith officiating.
He will be laid to rest in the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Jerseyville, with the Jerseyville American Legion Post #648 conducting military graveside rites.
Memorials may be given to either the St. Francis/Holy Ghost Catholic School in Jerseyville, the Stella Vintage section of Fieldon Cemetery or to Masses.