Obituary for Harold R. Gildermeister

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Harold R. Gildermeister, 95, of Onalaska passed away Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at his home. He was born in La Crosse on March 4, 1922 to Alfred and Anna (Blum) Gildermeister. On October 1, 1947 Harold married June Blank and they celebrated 70 years of marriage. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corp during WWII as a parachute rigger, altitude chamber technician and non combat crew member. Harold worked for the IRS for 27 years, starting as a deputy collector and retired as a revenue officer in 1978.
Harold is survived by his wife,June; daughter, Linda K. Todd of Onalaska; granddaughter, Mary (Dan) Luebke of Holmen; two great grandchildren, Averyl and Nathan; and a sister, Irene.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Elsie; and two brothers, Alfred and Edgar.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 19, 2018 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 1201 Main Street, Onalaska. Pastor William Bader will officiate and burial with Military Honors will be held in Onalaska Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until time of service.
The Dickinson Family Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Onalaska.
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Harold Gildrmeister was born March 4th, 1922. He was the second oldest of five children. In order- Alfred Harold Elsie Edgar Irene. Parents Alfred born in Chicago was in the military in World War I -was a baker by trade went through about 8th grade
Mother Anna Blum born in Germany must have come through Ellis Island at about 2 years old. Couldn't read or write all her life.
Alfred and Anna married shortly after World War II. Harold was baptized April 1 1922 at First Lutheran Church in La Crosse. He grew up in La Crosse Wisconsin and lived at 1424 South 19th Street. He went to Webster School in La Crosse from Kindergarten to grade 6. The school was torn down.
Was Confirmed at Mt Calvary Lutheran Church in La Crosse WI 4/5/1936 Went to Central High School in La Crosse from 7th grade through 12th now torn down. Graduated from high school January 1941, went to Lacrosse vocational school now WWTC, took welding blueprint making, drafting, sheet metal machine shop etc on a government program for $19 a month. Started working full-time on second shift at the La Crosse Trailer Corporation as a welder in January 1942. Bought a used 1932 Chevrolet in February of 1942.
He was called up in the military draft in World War II in October 1942, sent to the old Lutheran Hospital for preliminary physical to get preference of military branch and enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served from October 19th till February 1946. (16131407 )serve as a parachute rigger, altitude chamber technician and non combat crew member -rank of Sergeant.
He went back to work after the service at La Crosse trailer Corporation as a welder and worker until the end of September 1947. Got married 10-1-1947 to June blank and left La Crosse the next day for Kansas City Missouri where he was enrolled in Airline School Under the GI Bill. That lasted until January of 48 middle of winter when airlines didn't hire. He started working for a bank and Kansas City the Commerce Trust Company the largest bank in Kansas City Missouri at the time in January 1948. Started college in the fall semester of 1948 at Rockhurst College Kansas City Missouri and graduated in the spring of 1953 with a degree in Business Administration with accounting major.
Daughter born June 23rd 1948, Linda, born deaf. She later married Larry Todd and they had a daughter Mary Todd.
Started work for the IRS June 1951 as a deputy collector rank gs-5 (position changed a couple of times) and retired February 28th 1978 as a Revenue Officer at highest rank gs- 12. Harold was a money counter along with other duties at St. Pauls for many many years.
Upon retirement Harold, moved to Onalaska Wi in the Summer of 1978 with his wife, daughter Linda and grandaughter Mary. He enjoyed fishing, hunting ducks and deer, bicycling and spending time with his family. He served in the Honor Guard with American Legion Post 336 and belonged to St. Paul's Lutheran church in Onalaska.
He has 2 great grandchilderen Averyl and Nathan.