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John W. Gilchrist, 91, of Dallas, Texas, peacefully went home to his Savior Friday, July 23, 2010, in Dallas, Texas.
John was born on January 17, 1919, in Davenport, Iowa, the son of Hugh M. and Elizabeth Q. Gilchrist who preceded him in death. He and his wife Tarquine were a founding family of St. Rita Catholic Community when it was the little wooden "church in the Weeds" of the K-Mart parking lot. John was the first church organist at St. Rita's and shared the choir loft with the buzzing hornets. John spent the first half of his business career as a Regional Sales Representative for General Electric for 20 years. He then spent the second half as a licensed Financial Planner in Texas. John made a friend of all who crossed his path, and was known for his character, integrity, generosity, and endless smile. He was a gift to all who met him and will be painfully missed. We are endlessly grateful to God for his place in our lives. He is survived by his loving children: daughter, Mariann and fiancEe Robert McLaughlin, and his son John IV; grandson, William of Wisconsin and two great- grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Catherine and Harold Butzer of Jefferson City, Missouri and numerous nieces. He was preceded in death by his devoted wife of 66 years, Tarquine M. Gilchrist. The family wishes to express deep love and thanks to the entire staff at Walnut Place Assisted Living for their loving care and tenderness. A Rosary will be prayed on Monday, July 26, 2010, at 6:30 p.m. at Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home in Dallas, Texas. The Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, July 27, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Rita Catholic Church, 12521 Inwood Road in Dallas, with entombment services to follow at Calvary Hill Cemetery.