Lonnie Gilpin

Of Ashland passed away at his home on September 2, 2021, he was 87 years old. Lonnie was born December 20, 1933, the son of Trocy and Nellie Martin Gilpin. He married Bernice Blythe on January 18, 1957 and she preceded him in death. He was a member of the Nashville Baptist Church. Lonnie graduated from Ashland High School in 1952. He worked for the highway department prior to joining the service. He joined the US Air Force September of 1952. He was a certified lifeguard, training pilots to swim. He spent most of his service time in Anchorage Alaska. He left the service in 1956. He spent time as a meat cutter at the University of Missouri. He also worked for the postal service. In 1968 he went to work at JC Penney where he was the warehouse manager. He retired from Penney’s in 1996. He was also a part-time farmer and bus driver for Southern Boone County School. After retirement he and Bernice bought a boat and camper and spent many hours traveling and fishing. Nothing pleased Lonnie and Bernice more than spending time with their children and later their grandchildren. They logged many bleacher hours watching sporting events, such as baseball, basketball, track and rodeos. Later in his life his passion was riding his John Deere mower and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. Funeral Services will be held at Nashville Baptist Church Wednesday September 8th at 11:00am with burial following in Nashville Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Robinson Funeral Home on Tuesday September 7th 4:00 to 6:00PM. Survivors include his children, Lester (Roxanne) Gilpin of Ashland, Diana (Seth) Conner of Malta Bend and Alison (Dave Stone) Gilpin of Ashland; Grandchildren, Dr. Leigh (Dr. Rikat Baroody) Gilpin, Lucas Gilpin, Kyle Stone and Kelci (Dusty) Weter, Bailey (Clayton Tieman) Conner and Shea Conner. Two great grandchildren, Kamryn and Reece Weter: two special nieces, Alberta Gilpin and Nancy Buckner. He was also preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Wayne Gilpin and Joe Gilpin, two sisters, Margaret Old and Betty Gilpin. In lieu of flowers Memorial Contributions are suggested to Central Missouri Honor flight or to Nashville Cemetery in care of the family.

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