Leslie Gillmore

Leslie E. Gillmore (1926-2014)

Leslie Gillmore, age 88, a resident of Kenosha, passed away Thursday August 28, 2014 at St. Joseph’s Home in Kenosha.

Les was born on May 21, 1926 to the late Leo and Anna Belle (Powell) Gillmore in Bristol WI. In 1944 he graduated from Mary D. Bradford High School. Les worked at Twin Disc, Inc for 29 ½ years. He was a Scout Master for the Boy Scouts, RSVP Volunteer, Kenosha Public Museum Volunteer; St. Mary’s Lutheran Usher and was President of the Allemande Square Dance Club. He was a member of the Twin Disc 20 year club, on the Board of Directors of Lutherdale Bible Camp and was co-founder of P&G Linoleum & Tile. Les was also involved in Mission trips to Puerto Rico, Kenya and Tanzania, Christmas in April and Habitat for Humanity. On May 24, 1986 he married Carol A. Wellman. Les’ love for adventure led him to backpacking on the Appalachian Trail, horsepacking in the Colorado Mountains, white water rafting in Idaho and having visited all 50 states and 85 countries.

Les is survived by his wife Carol, two sons David (Debbie) Gillmore and Randy (Crystal) Gillmore and two daughters Tammy Davies and Renee Groen. He is also survived by ten grandchildren Wendy (Justin) Martz, Beth (David) Vonk, Rhonda (David) Drager and Matthew (Hannah) Gillmore, James, Julie and Jacob Davies, Joshua (Autumn) Groen, Melissa and Brianna Groen and ten great grandchildren. He is further survived by two sisters Leona (Roy) Krahn and Bethel (Richard) Krahn and one brother Wayne (Thelma) Gillmore and his friend Freda Gakii Nathan of Kenya.

Funeral Services will be held on September 4th, 2014 at 11:00AM at St. Mary’s Lutheran Church. (2001 80th Street) Visitation with the family will be on September 4th at the church from 9:30 AM until the time of services. Burial will take place immediately following the funeral at South Bristol Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Mary’s Lutheran Youth Mission Trips or the Kenosha Public Museum would be appreciated.

          Les’ family would like to thank Dr. Joe Garretto, the 3 Palmer staff at Kenosha Hospital and the staff at St. Joseph’s Home and Rehabilitation Center for their excellent care and the compassion shown to Les and his family.


  1. Please accept my sincere sympathy on the loss of Les and his fabulous smile. I volunteered with him at KPM on occasion and he was always positive and had that smile for everyone he met. He made visitor’s feel welcome as well as fellow volunteers. He surely will be missed.
    Wishing you peace at this difficult time,
    Bonnie Klem

  2. With deepest sympathy on Les’ passing. He had a wonderful sense of humor. He will be greatly missed! I enjoyed working with him at the Kenosha Public Museum.
    Margaret Wieboldt

  3. My deepest sympathy to your family. Loved seeing him at Viking games.
    Scott Kessler

  4. I have many fond memories of times with Les at family gatherings. I enjoyed his bright smile and his warm, friendly conversation. I will miss him and the positive experiences he brought into my life.
    I regret that I will not be able to attend the funeral services tomorrow. May the memories shared by family and friends be a source of comfort at this time of loss.

  5. Randy – Sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family during this time.

  6. Freda Gakii Nathan July 30, 2020 at 5:50 am

    Sorry for late comment. After Carol informed me of Les passing ; my phone fell and lost all contacts. Been struggling how to get in touch with family. Thanks to goggle. I lost a friend, mentor, counselor and advisor. Fond memories remains. Praying always for the entire family. When we see the family we see you. We shall meet one day in heaven. God bless the family.


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