Benjamin Christopher Gilmer was born Nov. 28, 1986, on Thanksgiving day to parents, Roger Dale Gilmer and Barbara Diane Gilmer in Omak, Wash. He is one of seven children. Benjamin passed away on Aug. 13, 2018, after a lifetime battle with Cystic Fibrosis, at only 31 years old, only 2 months from his coming birthday.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Roger Gilmer; grandmother, Wilda Gilmer; grandfather, Chester Glover; and sister, Amanda Lee Gilmer. He is survived by his parents; and siblings, Roger Dale Gilmer, Barbara Thomas, Laura Jean Knowlton, Lisa Best, Crystal Johnson, William Gilmer and Bryce Kelly Gilmer; as well as nephews, many cousins, aunts, uncles and grandmother, Elaine Glover.
He spent some of his young life in Omak, Wash. with his parents and later moved to Tucson, Ariz., where he grew up and went to school.
He led a life that many would consider as too tough, but he did the best he could do with what life he was given. Benjamin was born with Cystic Fibrosis (a detrimental form of lung disease which is a lifelong fight to breathe).
Benjamin was one of a kind, with his contagious smile, and quick humor. Some of his very best friends were the nurses and doctors that took care of him for many years. He is fondly loved and missed by them all. He was known for his caring, gentle, and humorous personality. He was always ready to help others out. He was known to take a plate to a hungry neighbor or anyone he knew that was doing without. Even through his sickness, many knew him as a caring man that would do anything to help others and give what he could.
He loved his dog, Gizzie, loved hiking, mechanics and tinkering on cars, he always wanted to go to school to be a mechanic, as well as being with friends and family. Prior to his death he had plans of returning to Washington to live.
Benjamin was a classic family loving man and nothing was held more dear to him (except his friendships which he held to the same standards of family). He will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved him.
Services were at 11 a.m., Sept. 1, 2018, at the Omak Memorial Cemetery Graveside Services. The services were officiated by Pastor James Knowlton.