August 25, 1934—May 17, 2018
Donald Francis Gilboy, age 83, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at his home with his loving wife.
He was born on August 25, 1934 in Eau Claire, WI, the son of Francis and Helen (Vukelich) Gilboy. He was united in marriage to Marilyn Greissinger on April 4, 1957 in Detroit, MI. He and his wife Marilynn had been married 61 years until his death.
At the age of 17, he enlisted in the military. His U.S. Air Force career spanned from 1952 until his honorable discharge in 1960. During his service he was assigned to the 22nd Crash Rescue Boat Squadron, which conducted missions in the Korean War Theater of Operations. His awards and decorations for that time of his service include, Korean Service Medal, Korean United nations Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.
On November 11, 2001, 48 years after the end of the Korean War, he received two additional decorations at the State Capitol in Madison, WI. He received the Korean War Service Medal and the Korean War Commemorative Medal. This recognition for Korean War veterans was well deserved and long overdue.
On June 9, 2017, along with his son, Tommy (as his guardian), Don participated in the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight to Washington D.C. This event touched him and it had a tremendous impact on his life.
He was an active member of the American Legion and served in several essential positions at Post #303 in Winter, WI. He had a strong belief in honoring all veterans with support and encouragement in any way possible. He had a witty sense of humor and his grin will be greatly missed by the American Legion family and the Winter community.
He was well known for having his entire family and friends organize and carryout the American Legion Food Pavilion each Fourth of July Jubilee since 2001. It is the intention of Donald Gliboy’s family to continue this tradition in his honor for years to come.
Don worked in quality control at J.I. Case Company for 27 years where he retired. He also founded Accurate Auto and Truck Appraisal where he worked as an independent adjuster until he retired.
Don was an accomplished piano player and everyone loved to hear him play. He loved salmon fishing on Lake Michigan and brought his talents up north to his cabin. He and Marilyn spent many years camping with his seven children.
Most important, he loved and cherished the time he spent with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Don is survived by his beautiful wife, Marilyn (Greissinger) Gilboy; his children, David (Melissa) Gilboy, Steve (Deena) Gilboy, Sue (Ted) Rademacher, Julie Gilboy, Tommy (Tracy) Gilboy, Lisa (Roger) Gonzales, and Laurie (Bob) Borchardt; eighteen grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; his brothers and sisters, Diane, Christine, Luanne, Patty, Brian and Michael; his aunts Lolly and LaVerne; along with many cousins, close friends.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday May 29, 2018 at Winter Evangelical Free Church, 5040 N. South Main Street in Winter, WI. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will take place at a later date in Racine, WI. A notice of the Racine, WI ceremony will be released prior to the date.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the Gilboy/American Legion Post #303, P.O. Box 234, Winter, WI 54896.
In addition to his parents, Don is preceded in death by his brother, Arthur Lampe; his sister JoAnne Barnes; and his uncle, John.