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Captain John K. Gilman went wheels up on April 18, 2011 at 5:00 am to begin his approach towards Heaven. He succumbed to the ravages of brain cancer, but he left for all a legacy of love that will be passed on for generations to come. After a private family burial, there will be a service of resurrection at Harvest Ridge Covenant Church at 22015 Midland Drive, Shawnee, Kansas 66226 at 6:30 pm with a reception to follow.
John was so many things that we suppose that all the books in the world could hardly contain them, but to name just a few he was a devoted son to Albert and Anna Gilman of Oregon. A great brother to Jerry, Stan, Margaret, Mary, and Nell Gilman. He was a very proud member of the famous '53 Vikes football team of Salem High.
He flew through the stem of an Atomic Bomb for the Air Force. He was a firefighter, an airline pilot, and a pastor. John was hijacked while flying for TWA in 1970 and notoriously had the hijacker shot on the plane saving countless lives from certain death in North Korea.
He was a wonderful father to John and Scott Gilman, but his most cherished accomplishment was his lovely marriage to Jeanah Gilman. They were known to be in love with each other because they kissed, and they kissed each other because they were in love.
John loved to play handball, drink red wine, write thoughts on love, play dog pile with his grandchildren, visit others, hassle waitresses at Waids, coach people through their trials and traumas, and play golf except when he would frequently quit playing the sport. His lasting treasure will be the many that he loved. He was to those who knew him The Lion of Love, and his favorite expression was "now is the time for love." It was all about love for John and he would have wanted you who read this obituary to go out right know and make the choice to do "the love thing".
So in keeping with that instead of telling you he is preceded in death by his parents Albert and Anna Gilman and his grandson Lewis, or that he is survived by his wife Jeanah, his two sons John and his wife Melanie, Scott and his wife Cheryl, his grandchildren Jonathan, Leah, Elise, Graham, Jenna, Luke, Jeb, Levi, and Corrie Michaela, his siblings Jerry, Stan, Margaret, Mary, and Nell, he would want to be survived mostly with the message of Jesus who showed us all the full extent of his love by washing his disciples feet.
In lieu of flowers you can make donations to Freedom Fire Urban Ministries at P.O. Box 270061 Kansas City, MO 64127, or the Kansas City Hospice House at 9221 Ward Parkway, Suite 100 Kansas City, Mo 64114. You might also consider washing the feet of the person nearest you as you read this. Now is the time for love in Kansas City.
Rest in Peace, Captain Gilman
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