Edward Ronald Gilkison Sr., 71, of Colfax died on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at Skiff Medical Center in Newton.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at the Wallace Family Funeral Home. The family will greet friends from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials in Ed’s name may be left at the funeral home.
Ed, the son of Harry John and Darlene Leona (McDonald) Gilkison, was born on May 24, 1941, in Iowa City, Iowa. He grew up in Newton. Ed was united in marriage with Lois Marie Seiberling on April 6, 1960, in Newton. He was a crane operator for Bailey Roofing Co. for 15 years, retiring in December of 1997. Ed was a member of the Local 234 and Local 142. He enjoyed fishing, riding horses, roller skating, motorcycles and camping. He and Lois had lived in Colfax for 16 years.
Those left to honor Ed’s memory are his wife, Lois Gilkison of Colfax; children, Linda Haines of Colfax, Darlene (Mike) Lantz of Odebolt, Evelyn (Lonnie) Hunsucker of Colfax, Edward Gilkison Jr. of Colfax, Cindy South of Newton, Tony (Lindsay) Gilkison of Colfax and Terry (Jennifer) Gilkison of Colfax; 19 grandchildren; his 26 great-grandchildren; brothers, Max (Joyce) Gragg and Micky (Donna) Gragg, both of What Cheer; and his sister, Pam (Norman) Willy of Wyoming. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Mike and Marvin Gragg; sister, Peggy Walker; a granddaughter, Stacy Creech; and a grandson, Steven Gilkison.