Robert (Bob) K. Gilmore, 94, passed away on Sept. 16, 2015 in Oklahoma City after a short battle with cancer. He was the owner and publisher of the Altus Times from 1970 to 1984.
Gilmore also purchased other newspapers across southwest Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado and Missouri. His final stint as a publisher was in Alvin, Texas. Upon his retirement from newspaper publishing, Gilmore was appointed in 1994 to serve the Oklahoma State Senate as a Sergeant-At-Arms, serving at the pleasure of six President Pro Tempores, including Robert Cullison, Stratton Taylor, Cal Hobson, Mike Morgan, Glenn Coffee and Brian Bingman.
A member of The Greatest Generation, Gilmore was born on June 22, 1921, in Paterson, New Jersey, to Jesse and Peter Gilmore, first generation U.S. citizens whose parents immigrated from Scotland. He was proud to be the first in his family to graduate from high school before joining the U.S. Army in August 1942. He reached the rank of Corporal before being honorably discharged for a medical injury.
Bob met his wife of 52 years, Imogene (Jean) Collins, at U.S. Army Northington General Hospital in Tuscaloosa, Ala., where he was sent for rehabilitation for his injuries.
Bob was also the first in his family to graduate from college, obtaining a degree in Physical Education in 1952 from the University of Alabama. Bob began a long successful career in the newspaper business starting in the circulation department at the Tuscaloosa News. Opportunities to become a publisher beckoned in Texas, so he and Jean moved the family first to Baytown, where he became the business manager of the Baytown Sun, then to Brenham, where he became the owner and publisher of the Brenham Banner Press. Next, he owned and operated the Altus Times.
Everywhere Bob and Jean moved, he was very active in the community, serving in many leadership roles over the years, as president of the local Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the United Way, president of Rotary Club, Honorary 4-H member and president of local athletic booster clubs, to name just a few. Bob also loved his service to the State of Oklahoma as a gubernatorial appointee to the Oklahoma Industrial Development Commission, the Oklahoma State Commission on Government Reform, the Special Committee on Capital Improvements and various other boards and commissions.
First and foremost, Bob was a humble Christian, ordained as a Deacon in the Southern Baptist Church. He and Jean were servant leaders of the Young Married Couples class in Altus, helped start the first Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter in Altus and, with his good buddies at First Baptist Church, Altus, taught the Maverick Sunday School Class in Tims’ Funeral Home.
Visitation will be at Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper Funeral Directors today and Friday with the family receiving friends Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. A graveside service for family and friends will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery, located at N. Kelley and Memorial Road, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19.
A full obituary for Robert (Bob) Gilmore will be in the Sunday edition of the Altus Times.
Reach Michael Bush at email@example.com