Julius John Gimble Jr., 87, of Danvers, Ill., formerly of Hermiston, Ore., and Rock Island, Ill., died Wednesday, October 3, 2012, at the Heritage Health Center, El Paso, Ill. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at the Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 201 E. 4th Ave., Milan. Memorial visitation will be Monday from 3-5 p.m. at the funeral home, with a Masonic service being conducted at 5:00 p.m. Inurnment will be at National Cemetery, Arsenal Island, where military honors will be conducted. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in care of the Heritage Health Center, 555 E. Clay St., El Paso, IL 61738.
Julius was born on August 29, 1925, in Pendleton, Ore., a son of Julius Sr. and Mabel Brown Gimble. He was raised in Hermiston, Ore., and graduated from Hermiston High School. He married Ann Piersol on January 2, 1952, in Las Vegas, Nev. She preceded him in death.
Julius served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1963, during World War II and the Korean War. He retired with the rank of Chief Petty Officer. Following his naval service, he was a civil service employee for the U.S. Army at the Ammunition Procurement and Supply Agency, Joliet, later with the Armament, Munitions, and Chemical Command, Rock Island Arsenal, and lastly in Germany until 1991, when he retired.
Julius also held several memberships over the years. He was a past member of the Hermiston Lodge #138 AF & AM, and the Eureka Lodge #69 AF & AM, Milan. He was also the former Executive Officer of DeMolay in Germany and later Treasurer of Illinois DeMolay. He was past Worthy Patron of the Milan Chapter 326, Order of the Eastern Star; and past member of the KAABA Shriners and Mohassan Grotto, both of Davenport, Iowa. Due to his dedicated involvement as a Mason, he was also proposed as a member of the K.Y.C.H (Knights of the York Cross of Honour).
Julius as a member of the Milan American Legion Post #569 and the Fleet Reserve Association as well.
Survivors include: his children, John (Lucy) Gimble, Elwood, Ill., Terri Meaker, Danvers, Ill., and Paul Anthony Tony (Linda) Gimble, Moline, Ill.; twelve grandchildren; and seventeen great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by: his wife; parents; brother Fred Gimble; sister Lauree Marvel, Hermiston, Ore.; son-in-law Douglas Meaker; and daughter-in-law Kathy Gimble.
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