Arthur G. Gilderman, 93, died Sunday December 31, 2017 of natural causes at Community Memorial Hospital, Cloquet. Art was born September 26, 1924 in Proctor, MN to Arthur and Ethel (Gibson) Gilderman. As a young boy he played violin and enjoyed sports and being outdoors, especially at the family cabin at Big Lake. Art joined the Army in 1943 at the age of 17. Art was assigned to the 36th division. As an infantry rifleman, he fought in the Italian campaign, landing at Salerno and fighting north through Italy and into France. It was there he received his high school diploma from his commanding officer. Art also was awarded a bronze star for gallantry in combat.
In 1945, he married his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Lillian (nee) Moran. They had been married almost 73 years. Art was employed by and retired from Potlatch where he was a member of the Quarter Century Club.
Art served as a Scanlon volunteer fireman and fire chief for many years. He also belonged to the Golden Kiwanis, VFW, American Legion and Presbyterian Church serving as Elder and choir member. Art enjoyed his family camping vacations and was active in serving the Special Olympics along with his son, Bobby.
Preceding Art in death were his parents, an infant daughter, a son, Bobby Gilderman, brother and wife, Charles and Joan Gilderman, nephew, Brian Gilderman, and many other cherished family members.
Art is survived by his wife Lillian, Carlton, sister Marilyn Ustica, Reno, NV daughter Sandra (Mike) DeSciscio, Rothschild, WI, son David Gilderman, Minneapolis, Granddaughters Tara (DeLosse) Fussell, Middleton, WI and Melissa (John) Krasowski, Wausau, WI, Great Granddaughters Ashley Krasowski and Gianna Fussell, and Great Grandsons, Adam Krasowski and Michael Fussell.
Services will be Friday, January 5, 2018 at Nelson Funeral Care. Visitation is at 10:00 a.m. and service is at 11:00 a.m., followed by lunch. The family would like to thank the caring health care team at Inter-Faith Care Center and Community Memorial Hospital for the kindness, passion and care they gave to Art and his family. A special thank you to family friends Byron Backus, Linda Holmstrand and Pat and Doug Anderson for all their assistance, love and support. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Disabled American Vets, the Cloquet Public Library or the Cloquet Presbyterian Church.
Art was a gentle man who will be greatly missed by his family. He was a beloved husband, wonderful father and a very cherished "Grandpa Dad." Rest in peace sweet man.