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Ruth E. Gillmore


November 24, 2020

Ruth E. Gillmore passed away Friday, November 20, 2020 at Bethel Home and Services Nursing Home in Viroqua, WI.

Ruth Elizabeth (Winfield) Gillmore born 12-31-1926 to Orville (Ray) Winfield and Ellen (Rasmussen) Winfield in Kenosha County, WI. Graduated from Antioch Township High School in 1945.

She married Warren Gillmore 6-26-1946. They farmed until retirement by Union Grove, WI. After retirement, they moved to Cashton, WI and later to Viroqua, WI.

Ruth served on the Yorkville Grade School board for 21 years. She was active in the Yorkville 4-H Club as a leather craft leader and a general leader of the club. She belonged to the Yorkville Homemakers and the Eastern Star. Ruth owned and operated the Double L leather shop for 38 years. She was often seen at the local Farmers Market in Viroqua and local craft shows selling her handiwork.

She is survived by her sons Donald of Albuquerque, NM, Ben (Nancy) of Holmen, WI; Daughters Susan (Aaron) Billings of Shelbyville, IN, Peg (Jerry) Dunnum of Coon Valley, WI, Kay (John) Peden of Allendale MI and son in law Dave (Maryann) Melby of Union Grove, WI; Grandchildren Jamie (Martha) Billings of Indianapolis, IN. and Teresa Billings of Versailles, KY, Kelly (Julie) Dunnum of Westby, WI., and Jake (Jen) Dunnum of Prairie du Sac, WI., Carrie (Dennis)Lieding of Libertyville, IL., David Melby, (Toni Lynn) of Westby, Wi., Elizabeth (Kevin) Kraker of Allendale MI, Lynn (Tami) Weaver of Grand Rapids, MI., Evan (Kasey) Gillmore of Wauwatosa, WI and Jared Gillmore of Lacrosse, WI .; 16 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren; Sisters Elsie Andersen, Jean Heick and Margaret Risi and Brother Richard Winfield.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Warren, daughter Karen Melby, brothers Orville and George and sister Helen.

Graveside services were held on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 1:00PM at South Bristol Cemetery.

Services for the family provided by Polnasek-Daniels Funeral Home & Crematory, 908 – 11th Ave., Union Grove, WI 53182, 262-878-2011,


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