EAST LIVERPOOL - Keith E. Gilkinson, 82, of Irish Ridge Road, Calcutta, went to his Heavenly home at 10:40 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, after passing away at his residence, following a lengthy illness.
Born in East Liverpool on June 28, 1930, he was a son of the late Charles and Irene Murray Gilkinson and was a lifelong area resident.
Until his retirement, he had worked as a self-employed truck driver, and was associated in the maintenance department as a welder at the former Crucible Steel Corporation.
A U.S. Army veteran, Keith served during the Korean Conflict from 1948 to 1952 in the 2nd Division. A recipient of the coveted Bronze Star, the Korean Service Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation and a Good Conduct Medal, he was a member of the Glenmoor American Legion Post No. 736.
On Aug. 1, 2007, he was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda L. Gilkinson, whom he married on Dec. 25, 1951. Together, they took great joy in raising their family and watching their grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and he was happiest when he was relaxing on his back patio with his loyal canine friend, Duke, and especially when friends and family stopped by.
Surviving him are three daughters, Vernia Hanna and her husband, Raymond of Calcutta, Tyra Reed and her fiance, Michael Hissom, of Calcutta, and Myra Buck and her husband, Brian, of New Waterford; as well as one son, Thomas L. Gilkinson and his wife, Cathy, of Calcutta. Keith will also be missed by his companion, Flora Laughlin of New Cumberland.
There are eleven grandchildren: Amy Hitchcock, Tom Trevor, Lori Elliott, Bill Reed II, Amy Young, Matt Gilkinson, Jason Reed, Makala Buck, Jarrod Reed, Nick Gilkinson, and Dakoda Buck.
Ten great-grandchildren also survive: Dylan Trevor, Abigail Trevor, Colton Kutchmark, Alizabeth Elliott, Alissa Hitchcock, Ashley Hitchcock, Zack Noonan, Kaylee Young, Gavin Hitchcock and Grady Reed.
A sister, Karen Siders, and three brothers, Glenn, Doyle and David Lee Gilkinson, survive as well. One brother, Kendall Gilkinson, preceded him in death.
Services will be held at the Dawson Funeral Home at 1 p.m. Thursday. Burial will follow at Columbiana County Memorial Park Cemetery. Following the burial, family and friends will return to the Dawson Family Center for a continued time of fellowship.
Friends may visit at the funeral home anytime Wednesday, where the family will be present from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.
Keith's family wishes to thank those who took such great care of him throughout his final days: Gloria, Judy and Cami, and the caregivers from Hospice of the Valley and the Veterans Administration.
View Keith's memorial webpage and send condolences online at www.dawsonfuneralhome.com