Arthur H. Gilcrease

 

OCT. 12, 2000 — Arthur H. Gilcrease, ‘Gil’, passed away Tuesday, October 10, 2000.

Arthur was born in Clovis, New Mexico on February 20, 1919. The family later moved to Bosque Farms and he had made his primary home in Albuquerque for the last 62 years.

He is survived by his loving wife, Mildred of the family home; daughters, Debbie K. Contreras and husband, Ron of Albuquerque and Karla Simmermon and husband, Sheldon of Blue Springs, Missouri; grandchildren, Brett Webster Contreras, Nicholas Contreras, Shauna Stillwell, Douglas Lister, and Arthur Simmermon; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Kirk Gilcrease and wife, Laferne of Belen; and sister, Mollie Black and husband, Howard of Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Bulah Lewis Gilcrease; father, William P. Gilcrease; step-mother, Pearl Gilcrease; and sister, Willie Dippel.

Mr. Gilcrease was one of 1826 New Mexico National Guardsmen in the 200th Coast Artillery Anti-Aircraft unit in the Philippines. He was among 6000 other Americans forced into the 65 mile Bataan Death March. He was forced to serve as slave labor in the Philippines and Japan for 42 months.

Mr. Gilcrease served his country in the United States Air Force and retired with 20 years of service, receiving eight medals of Honor.

After retiring from the service, he went into Real Estate for many years. He then spent his later years repairing vacuums.

His family was his greatest joy and he was always there to give his love and a helping hand. He never turned down a chance to help a friend, neighbor or stranger. He was a very kind, loving and courageous man. He will be remembered by all who knew him with great love, respect and admiration.

Mr. Gilcrease was a member of the American Legion Carlisle Bennett Post 13, Elks Lodge, Bataan Veterans Organization, American Ex-Prisoners of War, and the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor, Inc.

Graveside services will be held Friday, October 13, 2000, 12:00 noon, at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be Ron Contreras, Sheldon Simmermon, Brett Webster Contreras, Arthur ‘Dino’ Simmermon, Nicholas Contreras, Doug Lister, Kirk Gilcrease, Howard Black, Glen Dippel, and Robert Baxter.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans, Department of New Mexico, P.O. Box 3907 #D, 87190.

French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE.

 

Albuquerque Journal