Harold Gilges, 81, Conway Springs: Oct. 18, 1933 – March 11, 2015

first_imgHarold GilgesHarold Gilges, 81, retired Haviland Telephone Technician and Manager, of 504 S. Church St, Conway Springs, died Thursday, March 11, 2015 at Via Christi- St. Francis, Wichita, Kansas.He was born on October 18, 1933 at Maysville, Arkansas to Waldo Harold Gilges and Grace Mildred (Moomey) Gilges. Harold started school in Maysville and moved with his family to Conway Springs at a young age. He attended Conway Springs public schools and was active in sports at Conway Springs High School. Harold was a member of the Conway Springs High School, 1951 State Championship Track Team. He graduated from CSHS with the class of 1953.Harold entered the U.S. Marine Corps on July 2, 1953 where he served his country at the close of the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged on May 28, 1956.Harold was united in marriage to Sharon Ann Potts on November 21, 1956 at Conway Springs, KS; the same anniversary date as her parents Marjorie and Bill Potts and their daughter Brenda and Van Schmidt all share as a very special family date.Harold and Sharon made their home in Conway Springs their entire 58 years of marriage. They moved from their longtime home on S. 5th Street to 504 S. Church Street in 1989.Harold began working at Boeing Aircraft for a short time but soon started working for Sedgwick Telephone Company which became Haviland Telephone Company. Harold was a telephone technician and eventually retired as the local manager in 1998 after 41 years with the company.Harold was a member and deacon of the First Christian Church, Conway Springs.  He was a member of the Conway Springs Lions Club, A. Tom Kirk Post #265 American Legion and a member of Mistletoe Lodge #269 A.F. & A.M., Conway Springs. Harold was a fisherman and an avid CSHS sports fan. He loved attending High School sporting events and also assisted with local track meets including the Kansas State High School Association Track Meet held at WSU for many years.Harold was known as the “Tomato Man” and grew an enormous garden of abundant vegetables for many years that he shared with family and the entire community.He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters: Fern Kelley, Wilma Stump and Mildred Cotton.He is survived by his wife Sharon Gilges of the home; one daughter Brenda Schmidt and husband Van of Newton, Kansas; his two grandchildren: Viola and Trevor Schmidt; one sister Wanda Roths and husband Cy of Wellington; many nieces and nephews and a number of other relatives and many friends.Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 16, 2015 from the First Christian Church with the Pastor Bill Nestelroad, officiating.  Interment will follow in Conway Springs Cemetery, Conway Springs, Kansas.  Ebersole Mortuary, Conway Springs is in charge of arrangements. On line guest book and condolences are available at www.ebersolemortuary.com.Memorials have been established to the First Christian Church, Conway Springs, KS or the Conway Springs Volunteer Ambulance.last_img

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