|Robert D. Gladson of Galesburg passed away December 3, 2012 at Galesburg Cottage Hospital. Bob was born on February 27, 19212 in Burgess, Illinois, the son of Ralph and Violet (Tornquist) Gladson. He graduated from Monmouth High School in 1939. He married Martha Reischling in 1941. She passed away in 1995; Bob married Geraldine Swanson in 1999 and she passed away in 2011.
Bob worked as a territory manager for Cargill, Golden Sun and Rath feed companies. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, volunteer work, and most of all, spending winters in his beloved Arizona.
Bob served as a corporal in the U S Army from 1943 - 1945 during World War II in Normandy and Czechoslovakia. He shared many stories about his experiences as a gunner in a tank. He was a member of the Galesburg American Legion Post #284, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Military Order of Purple Hearts.
Those who knew Bob thought highly of him and respected him as a true gentleman. He was an important part of his grandchildren’s lives. He enjoyed visiting with people.
Bob is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Carl Miller; granddaughters Kim (Chip) Timmons and Amy Miller of Galesburg; grandsons Tom (Christy) Bates of Peoria, Arizona and Marc (Megan) Miller of Naples, Florida; seven great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren; two sisters, Jane (Dale) Adcock of Galesburg and Doris (George) Eyer of Moline, Illinois and many nieces and nephews. He was devoted to his family and will be greatly missed by all of them.
A funeral service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church on Thursday, December 6 at 11:00 A.M. The family will receive relatives and friends after the service at the Church. Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery in Monmouth, Illinois at a later date. Military Rites will be accorded. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, the American Cancer Society, the Galesburg American Legion, or the Veterans of Foreign Wars Museum.