Ted. B. Gilmore, Age :77
Feb 17,1943---Nov 28,2020

The Weather Channel lost a loyal viewer on November 28th when Ted B. Gilmore of Lenexa succumbed to cancer at the age of 77 after bravely fighting an eighteen month battle. 

Mr. Gilmore was born in Atchison, KS in February of 1943 to Theodore and Jessie Maye Gilmore, who would soon relocate their family, including older sisters Sarah Stevens (Overland Park) and Carolyn Cameron (Lehi, UT), to Westwood, KS- preferring the suburban Kansas City enclave to the “hustle and bustle” of nearby Atchison. After occasionally attending Shawnee Mission High School, Mr. Gilmore enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served out of Norfolk, VA and was deployed at sea aboard the U.S.S. Yancey off the coast of Cuba during the now infamous Bay of Pigs invasion. Following his honorable discharge, Mr. Gilmore began a career in sales that would span nearly five decades and forge lifelong friendships. 

In spite of falling ill recently, family suggests that Mr. Gilmore had been living on borrowed time ever since a calamitous parasailing accident in Mazatlán in the mid 1980s. When a parachute’s landing apparatus cartoonishly snapped off in his hand, Ted was forced to crash land on the beach where he miraculously suffered only a knee injury, albeit a somewhat serious one. Not wanting to cut the vacation short and never one to spoil a good time, especially for that of others, he did the only logical thing he could: he purchased crutches out of the trunk of a local pharmacist’s car and dulled the pain with margaritas.  That’s just the type of gregarious person he was- a natural conversationalist with a self-effacing sense of humor that will be fondly remembered for generations to come. 

Ted continued to play fast and loose with his own well-being by ardently supporting the Chiefs and Royals. While the franchises’ efforts in the 80s and 90s, respectively, nearly killed him, he was elated to witness their recent success while being surrounded by family. 

Mr. Gilmore is survived by his wife of fifty-two years, Linda (Lenexa), son Scott (Gardner, KS), daughter-in-law Erin, grandchildren Theodore (18), Abbey (14), and Molly (11) & son Theodore (Los Angeles, CA), daughter-in-law Penelope and grandson Julian (3). 

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, memorial arrangements are TBD. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to standuptocancer.org.


Bobby Waldman Nov 30 ,2020

Friend ,Portland ,Oregon

So sad to hear of Ted's passing. I have found memories of Ted from when I grew up in the neighborhood, and still remember that nice Lincoln Town Car he bought in the 80s! My thoughts are with all of you.

Bill Flynn Nov 30 ,2020

The guy who took him to Mazalan parasailing ,Naperville ,Illinois

Our deepest condolences to all the Gilmore’s. Reading Linda’s Facebook post shocked me because Ted sounded so good two weeks ago. I knew his laugh and share so many in our 18 months living across the street. The start of the Mazalan story pushed me to the edge thinking Ted incurred another injury besides his knee. Panicked I read on and was relieved to read a story I’ve told many of my other friends. Mazalan was a helluva adventure. We played one round of golf and Ted was striking the ball well. Ted finally crushed a drive right down the middle of the fairway. Before he could pick up his tee, a little Mexican boy scampered across the fairway and picked up Ted’s ball. His reaction was full Ted. I will never forget it or him. Love, The Flynn’s

Jerry/Syl Taylor Nov 30 ,2020

Old neighbors ,Lenexa ,Kansas

Linda and family, so sorry to her of the family's loss and will be thinking and praying for you all. The memories are the secrets of the heart. May you find solace in them! Syl Taylor

Mike Galvin Dec 01 ,2020

Friend and neighbor ,Pittsburg ,Kansas

Loved that wild and crazy guy. He will be missed greatly.