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Gilbert E. Harding 94, formerly of Ottumwa died 12:33 p.m. September 5, 2017 at Willowbrook Place in Littleton, CO.
He was born April 22, 1923 in Eddyville, IA to Fred V. and Christina Roberts Harding. He married June C. Caster on October 26, 1948 and she preceded him in death on March 21, 2015.
A 1941 graduate of Eddyville High School, Gib was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the 96th Infantry Division in the South Pacific.
He began working as a locomotive fireman for the Milwaukee Railroad in 1941, retiring as engineer in 1984. He lived in Kansas City, MO from 1954 until returning to Ottumwa in 1975.
Gib was a member of Northgate Alliance Church where he was a trustee and served on the governing board, a member of the Brotherhood Locomotive Engineers Local #538 and served as a deacon with the Bethany Baptist Church in Kansas City, MO.
Surviving is his daughter, Vicki Keller and her husband, Frank of Lakewood, CO; two grandchildren, Stacey Glaser and her husband, Samuel of Durango, CO and Dan Keller and his wife, Ashley of Colorado Springs, CO; two great-granddaughters, Myla June Glaser and Eden Mae Glaser.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Alice Mae Martin; three brothers, John, Harold and Glen Harding.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Reece Funeral Home with Pastor Jim Eschenbrenner officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery with military services conducted by Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars and O.B. Nelson Post #3 American Legion.
Visitation begins at 9 a.m. Monday at Reece Funeral Home with the family present 1 hour prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to Northgate Alliance Church.
Published on September 7, 2017
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