Obituary: Leonard John (Gil) Gilkeson |

Obituary: Leonard John (Gil) Gilkeson

Gil passed away on Jan. 8, 2013, at the Home Lake Veterans Home near Monte Vista. He was born on March 6, 1922, in Topeka, Kan.

He graduated from high school and then attended Washburn University to study agriculture. He married Ruth Jeanne Cox on Aug. 15, 1942. He then served in WWll in the Army Air Corps from September 1942 to April 6, 1946, and received an honorable discharge. After that he got into law enforcement and served some time with the Kansas Highway Patrol.

He and Jeanne then moved to Summit County. They had a corral on Frisco Main Street across from the Frisco museum where they rented horses and gave trail rides. Gil and Jeanne were caretakers at Uneva Lake for 12 years. Gil served as sheriff of Summit County from 1958-1965. He and Jeanne then moved to Denver where Gil had gotten a job with Continental Airlines working on the production of airplanes. Gil and Jeanne both had their pilot licenses and loved to fly, and did many cross-country trips in their own airplane. Gil was an avid sportsman. He loved fly fishing, archery, hunting deer and elk, tennis and was very good in the competitive sport of “fastdraw” and competed against such artists as Bob Six and the rest of the best. He was also a very good pool player. In the early ’60s Gil and Jeanne were instrumental in bringing square dancing to Frisco.

They had two sons. Jay Lee (Butch) and Zane Lynn. Gil is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Jean; son, Jay (Butch) and his brother, Marvin. He is survived by Zane Lynn and grandchildren Melissa Werner, Michelle Shultheiss, Michael Gilkeson and Adam Gilkeson.

Memorial services are to be held at the Home Lake Veterans Center in Monte Vista on Feb. 7 at 1 p.m.

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