Thomas E. Gilkeson

Thomas E. Gilkeson, 78, of Marietta, passed away on Tuesday (April 2, 2013) at his residence surrounded by his family. He was born on April 11, 1934, in Millport, N.Y., to the late Howard and Edna (Frank) Gilkeson.

He worked as an iron worker for Union Local #787 for 45 years. Thomas dearly loved his family, playing his guitars, going to the Gilman United Methodist Church and meeting his friends for coffee. He is survived by his wife, Nancy E. (Farmer); a daughter, Anita Omietanski (Mike); two sons, Tom Gilkeson (Jackie), Kenneth Gilkeson (Faith); four grandchildren, Welsey and Whitney Gilkeson, Eric and Leanne Omietanski. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Cathy Ellen; two brothers and a sister.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, 2013, at the Hadley Funeral Home Reno Chapel, 1021 Pike St., Marietta 45750. A memorial service is being planned for a later date at the Gilman United Methodist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4444 Frantz Road, Dublin, Ohio, 43017 or the Gilman United Methodist Church, 312 Gilman Ave., Marietta 45750. Online condolences may be made at