Honoring Chuck Gilmore

Gilmore, Charles R. "Chuck"
1942 - 2019
Charles "Chuck" Roy Gilmore, 76, of Key West, Florida and Columbus, Ohio, passed away on January 3, 2019 in Miami, Florida following a tragic accident which resulted in a brain injury that he was unable to overcome. Chuck attended Columbus Acquinas High School and graduated from Otterbein University, Westerville, Ohio in 1965 majoring in Economics. He was a second generation Dairy Queen Territory Operator, franchising Dairy Queen Stores in Franklin County, Ohio and expanding the family business into more than 30 additional counties throughout Ohio. Chuck was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He was a friend to all who knew him. He had a great sense of humor, was kind and exceptionally generous. He loved to bring others along on his many journeys and adventures. Chuck loved traveling the world, visiting more than 100 countries in his lifetime, instilling a love for travel in his children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren. Childhood summers at Seneca Lake led to a love of being on the water, from Dale Hallow Lake to Apple Valley Lake to residing in Key West. He became a master diver, a licensed boat captain and was a former member of the Key West Yacht Club. He was an accomplished square and ballroom dancer, lover of motion pictures, and VERY proud Ohio State Buckeye fan. He was a wonderful story teller and mentored many people. Chuck's true passion was golf and he played every day that he could. He was a member of the Key West Golf Club and enjoyed riding his scooter around his beloved Key West the Conch Republic.He was preceded in death by his parents Roy E. Gilmore and Eileen (Girlie) Mulhern Gilmore, originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Roy and Eileen moved to Ohio to begin the Gilmore Dairy Queen legacy. 

Chuck was a beloved member of our Key West Community who loved golf, bicycling, an enjoyable night out with good friends and was an champion ringmaster for the circus that is Key West. His smile was contagious. He loved Ohio State Football and is still cheering the team on wherever he is now! We all miss him very much. ~ Alan Teitelbaum

Chuck, We were so pleased to have known you. You made a difference ~Al & Carol Metty

Chuck has been honored by the following people:

Pam Mackenzie, Stephanie Skylar, Mark & Mindy Shilleci, Kathleen Anderson, Janice Nicowski, Susan Mitchell, Patty & Scott Sickel, Alan Teitelbaum, Clare Keller, Barbara Scerbo, Maxine Makover, Al & Carol Metty, Joan Shea & Robert Gold, Patricia Coolidge-Bollinger, Teofilo Chapa, Mary Hesse, Norma Gilmore, Mike & Ellen Caron, Sherri MacKenzie-Ritchie, Mary Coan, Jacob Beal, Dennis & Mindy Holbert