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
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
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.