Thomas Bartley Gilkison, age 77, of Overland Park, Kansas passed away peacefully on Friday, September 23, 2022 surrounded by his family. He was born in Abilene, Texas on May 1, 1945, the son of Thomas Mortimer and Elizabeth Mary (Bartley) Gilkison.
Along with traveling in Texas due to his father’s career, Thomas had the privilege of living in Monterey, Mexico and Sao Paulo, Brazil and experiencing the cultures of these Central and South American countries. Upon returning to the United States, he resided in Texas, Utah, New Jersey, and Kansas.
Thomas served in the United States Army during the Vietnam Era. He had a career in retail for many years, enjoying the interaction with his customers and the public.
Thomas was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his loving sister Mary and her husband Richard Wilson of Centerville; many cousins, especially Marie Bartley Coppola of New Jersey and Jeanne Gilkison Cooper of British Columbia; and caring friends who will miss him dearly.
Funeral service will be held 2 pm Saturday, October 15, 2022 at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Mound City Chapel. Burial with military honors will be in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 pm to service time.