Marlin Gilman Obituary

Marlin Eugene Gilman
Marlin Eugene Gilman

December 4, 1937 - August 12, 2022
Born in Earlham, Iowa
Resided in Earlham, Iowa
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Marlin Eugene Gilman, 84, died Friday, August 12, 2022 at Wesley Acres in Des Moines. A Celebration of Life Reception and Service will be held from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Saturday, October 15th at the Earlham Community Center with the service begining at 1:30 pm. The Community Center is located at 150 East 1st Street in Earlham.

Marlin was born December 4, 1937 at the family farm near Earlham to Everett and Mabel (Boyle) Gilman. He suffered from Rheumatic Fever as a child, which developed into Rheumatoid Arthritis. Although the disease was debilitating, Marlin did not let it stop him. He rose to each challenge with a smile on his face. He became an Amateur International Ham Radio Operator, call sign WAØAUX, starting as a “Handiham”. Marlin was proud to live independently on his family’s Century Farm most of his life.

Survivors include his sisters: Patricia Greenwell of Sun City, Arizona, Beverly Powell of Des Moines; and many nieces and nephews. Marlin was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Roger Gilman.

Memorial contributions may be made to his sister, Beverly.

Online condolences are welcome at




Celebration of Life Reception & Service
Earlham Community Center
150 East First Street
Earlham, IA US 50072
Saturday, October 15, 2022
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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