GILBERT G. “GIB” GILMAN

Gilbert G. “Gib” Gilman, age 90, of Plymouth, Wis., passed away suddenly Wednesday evening, Jan. 29, 2014, at St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan of an apparent heart attack.

He was born March 20, 1923 in Mosinee, Wis., a son of the late Michael and Minnie L. (Oppermann) Gilman. He graduated from Plymouth High School in 1940.

Gib served in the U.S. Army as a second and first lieutenant in the U.S. Coast Artillery Corps, from September of 1942 until five weeks before the end of World War II. He successfully completed the officer candidate course at Anti-Aircraft School, Camp Davis, N.C., and received basic training at Camp Hulen, Texas. He trained in military installations in North Carolina, Louisiana, Texas and Georgia before transferring to France, joining the 79th Infantry Division, Company B. Gib and those members of his company who had not been wounded or had died, were liberated from the German Prisoner of War Camp for Officers in Hammelburg, Germany, on April 6, 1945, by a combat command of the 14th Armored Division with the 3rd Infantry Division, under the orders of General George S. Patton Jr.

Nine days earlier, Patton had sent a task force to Hammelburg, but the mission failed and the force was wiped out. Gib spent three months in the camp, dropped in weight from 220 pounds to 176 and experienced temporary blindness due to the starvation-level rations allotted to prisoners. He was 23 years old when he returned home.

On Nov. 11, 1947, he married Ruth Hoehnke in Kohler, Wis. The couple have resided in Plymouth since their marriage.

Gib attended the University of Wisconsin Extension where he studied Accounting Principles and Public Relations, Dale Carnegie Course, American Institute of Banking studying Commercial Law, Economics and Principles of Bank Operations and also attended the University of Minnesota-Midwest Banking Institute.

He joined the Citizens Bank in Plymouth in 1947 and served as assistant manager from 1959-65, assistant manager and assistant cashier from 1965-75, assistant vice president, manager and bank president from 1975-86.

He is a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Plymouth and on the Finance Committee in the church.

Gib was also past secretary of the Plymouth Housing Authority, past treasurer of the local Wisconsin Heart Association, March of Dimes, Plymouth Rotary Club, Salvation Army and Plymouth High School Alumni Association. He served as president of the Plymouth Industrial Development, Plymouth Optimist Club and served on the board of directors of the Plymouth United Way and the Plymouth Association of Commerce Board from 1975-79.

He was a past member of the Civil Defense and the City of Plymouth Revolving Loan Committee.

Gib was a proud member of both the Ladewig-Zinkgraf American Legion Post #256 and the Plymouth VFW World Cheese Center Post #5612 of Plymouth.

Gib’s hobbies included fishing, fishing and more fishing.

Survivors include his loving wife of 66 years, Ruth of Plymouth; one son, Richard Gilman of Manitowish Waters, Wis.; one granddaughter, Nicole Gilman of Manitowish Waters; and also survived by other relatives and many dear friends.

Prayer services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the Suchon Funeral Home in Plymouth. Father Dennis Van Beek will officiate. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery in Plymouth.

Friends may call at the Suchon Funeral Home in Plymouth from 10 a.m. Tuesday until the time of services.

The Plymouth VFW World Cheese Center Post #5612 will conduct military rites at the Suchon Funeral Home following the services.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Gib’s name.

The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the family. For online condolences, please visit www.suchonfh.com.


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