Obituary: Luther Kenneth Gilstrap

July 5, 1921 – July 26, 2019

Luther Kenneth Gilstrap, 98, of Bedford, died at 7:18 a.m. on Friday, July 26, 2019, at Bliss Place.

Born July 5, 1921, in Lawrence Co., he was the son of Winfred and Hazel (Hook) Gilstrap. He married Mary F. Hodges on August 3, 1946, and she preceded him in death on April 22, 2014. He attended Shawswick High School and graduated from Valparaiso Technical Institute.

He retired in 1985 as a TV and radio technician for Gilstrap TV & Radio and at Sears in Bedford and Bloomington. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during WW II and a member of the Hillcrest Christian Church.

Survivors include a son, Steve Gilstrap, and wife, Linda, of Bedford; a daughter, Diana Edwards, and husband, David, of Bedford; three grandchildren, Scott Gilstrap, and wife, Amber, of Bedford, Lisa Callicott and husband, Rob, of Mitchell, Dawn Hardesty and husband, Adam, of
Lexington, SC; five great-grandchildren, Brandon Gilstrap and wife, Amber, Ashley Gilstrap, David Callicott, Jack Callicott, Noah Hardesty; a brother, Winfred Gilstrap, Jr., and wife, Louise, of Atlanta, GA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a sister, Gertrude Silvers; two brothers, Verl and Bill.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 31st in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Rev. Charlie Scott officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens where military rites will be accorded by members of Gillen Post #33 American Legion. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the hour of service on Wednesday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

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