Gerald L. Gilkey was born November 30th, 1935, in Athens, Ohio to Guy and Blanche (Mehl) Gilkey. He was the middle child of seven Gilkey children.
Gerald (Gerry) graduated from Athens High School in 1953 and shortly after joined the Army in 1954. He served for 24 years, was a Vietnam Veteran, and retired in 1978 as a Sergeant First Class. Gerry met his wife, Georgia Miller Gilkey, while serving. They were married July 14th, 1956, and together raised three children: Cindy, Diane, and Gerald Jr.
Once retired from the Army, Gerry and Georgia made a home in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he continued working in logistics until retirement. Gerry enjoyed wood working, exploring genealogy and spending time with his family. He loved telling stories of his childhood and “the good ol’ days” to his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Gerry is survived by his son, Jerry Gilkey; sister, Karen (Harve) Jones, granddaughter, Monica; grandsons, Charles, Patrick (Lauren), Kevin (Ashley), Bradley and Nick, and seven great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Georgia; daughters Cindy Mazzeo and Diane Holt; parents, and siblings, Gladys, Pearl, Allen, David and Merritt.
Service will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, July 28th, 2021, at the Shrine of Remembrance. Viewing to begin at 1:00 PM.