Deloy “Gil” Gerald Gilster, 76, of Allen, Texas, passed away Friday, July 11, 2014 surrounded by his family at his home in Allen, TX from pancreatic cancer. A Memorial service for Deloy will be held Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church in Allen, TX; with Pastor Gordon Illausky officiating.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Pender, NE; with Pastor Gordon Illausky and Pastor Miles Ruch officiating. Visitation will be held Tuesday, July 15, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home in Pender, NE. Burial with military honors will be in the Bancroft Cemetery in Bancroft, NE. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Ronald McDonald House. Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home in Pender, NE.
Deloy was born on April 1, 1938 in Lyons, NE to his parents Gerald and Delores Gilster. He married Karen Bargmann on October 1, 1961. Together they had three children.
After he graduated from Rosalie High School, in 1956, he entered the U.S. Navy where he served for four years as an air traffic controller. Upon return he spent 50 years as a salesman for Central Soya, ConAgra, ADM, and many others. In addition, he found time to run three businesses, referee countless football, basketball, baseball, and softball games at both the high school and college level. Anyone who knew him was aware of his love for the Cornhuskers. He attended over 300 of their football games in Lincoln and elsewhere. He also enjoyed his charity work for National Kidney Foundation, Ronald McDonald House and fundraising for church organizations.
Deloy is survived by wife Karen, Allen, TX, sons Steve and wife Rhonda of Allen, TX, Bryce and wife Tammy of Norwalk, IA, daughter LaRee and husband Dan of Johnston, IA, his mother Delores Hunt of Emerson, NE, brother Larry and wife Diane of Farmersville, TX, sister-in-law’s Ruthann Bargmann, Bancroft, NE, and Sherri Bruns and husband Ron, Pender, NE, and his six grandchildren: Zachary, Jessica, Alexandra, Joseph, Rachel, and Anna along with many nieces and nephews.
Deloy is preceded in death by his father, Gerald and granddaughter Abigail Gilster.