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Obituary: John J. Gilster

March 5, 1925 – December 26, 2017

John J Gilster, age 92, of Filer, Idaho passed away peacefully on December 26, 2017. As he was welcomed into the Lord’s arms, he was at the home of his daughter with his family beside him.

John was born in Amelia, Nebraska on March 5, 1925 to John and Ida (Houtz) Gilster. John grew up with his four sisters. He attended school through the ninth grade and then quit to help his dad on the farm. During this time, he met the girl he would eventually marry and spend seventy-one years with, Ella Mae Kochanowski.

John was called up to serve in the military during World War II. He landed in the infantry and was shipped out to Italy. He was involved in carrying supplies to the troops along the northern Italian border. He and another soldier were in charge of 65 mules and getting the needed supplies to the men.

When the war was over he was on his way home to marry the girl that he had left behind. They were married on September 10, 1946 in Burwell, Nebraska. John spent some time farming and rodeoing around Burwell, Nebraska. Soon a family began to make an appearance. A total of three children were born to John and Ella Mae.

He gave up the active rodeo life, but right up until the end he still held his love for rodeo. He never missed a rodeo. In fact, we watched the 2017 NFR on an Ipad because the hospital did not receive the rodeo. After moving to Broken Bow, Nebraska he began working for Arrow Freight Lines. It was during this time he decided to move his family to Twin Falls, Idaho. He worked for Hank Knoffel and eventually was able to purchase his own trucks. After all of his traveling he decided he was tired of being on the road all the time and made a career change that took him to Filer, Idaho. At this time he began working for USS Steel in the fertilizer division. This took him back to his roots and began working in farming again.

After retirement Daddy and Mom spent winters in Arizona where he roped, team sorted, and lived the great life of retirement. He loved his horses and mules, and he never missed a chance to take a trip to the mountains with them. Packing and hunting with his mules and riding his horses were an enormous part of his life. He just returned in October from a hunting trip.

John leaves behind his wife of 71 years, Ella Mae Gilster, three children, Kaylyn Van Ostran (Terry), Twin Falls, Idaho, La Rae Taylor (Walt) Filer, Idaho, and Johnny Gilster Twin Falls, Idaho. He leaves four grandchildren, Tim Van Ostran Twin Falls, Idaho, Brandy Bartholomew Filer, Idaho, Michael Morrison McGill, Nevada and Derek Gilster Twin Falls, Idaho and RoseAnn Goodman (sister-in-saw) of Broken Bow, Nebraska. He also leaves a legacy of eight great grandchildren and a host of relatives, friends, and his fellow coffee drinkers. He also leaves behind his faithful companion for many years his dog, Pearl.

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He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.

We love you Daddy and your memory will always be held close to our hearts until we are together for all time. Love you forever.

A celebration of John’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 5, 2018 at White Mortuary, 136 4th Ave. East, Twin Falls with Deacon Jim Herrett officiating. Burial will follow at the Filer Cemetery. A viewing for family and friends will take place from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday evening with a Rosary beginning at 7:00 p.m. at White Mortuary.

Services are under the direction of White Mortuary, Chapel by the Park, Twin Falls.

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