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3/1/2013 10:58:00 AM
Richard Morris Gilmer

Richard Morris Gilmer, 79, of Cashmere, Wash., passed away peacefully on Feb. 15, 2013. Rich was born to Charles and Marion Gilmer on Aug. 15, 1933, in Oakland, Calif. He graduated from Burlingame High School in 1951. He married Annette Bailey on Dec. 19, 1958, in San Francisco. There, he was employed by the San Francisco Examiner in marketing and advertising. Through his best friend, Dick Kahler, he heard about a position at Liberty Orchards. When he came for his interview, Rich fell in love with the small town of Cashmere. After being hired as Production Manager of Liberty Orchards, Rich moved his wife and three small daughters from the Bay area. He was an active member of the Cashmere community. He served on the volunteer fire department, was a member of the Lions Club and served on the Board at the Cashmere Museum. In 1985, he and Annette opened Crossroads Travel, where they worked until their retirement. During this time, Rich and Annette had the opportunity to travel the globe. Throughout his life, Rich enjoyed bird hunting with his beloved lab, Mike, camping and fishing. Rich loved being part of the Domke Lake Fishing Team and looked forward to their yearly trips. He was an avid reader and lifelong lover of history and archeology. Rich's greatest love was his family. He is survived by his wife, Annette; brother, Rob Gilmer; sister, Anne Parker; daughters, Dana van Hulsen, Kelly Snody and Val Bills; his sons-in-law, Tom, James and Mike; and his cherished grandchildren, Sierra and Savannah Snody, Tess and Rutger van Hulsen and Sophie Bills. A Celebration of Rich's Life will be held Saturday, June 1, 2013. Please contact the family at 509-662-4272 for more information.

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