M.H. “Pete” Gildon: June 28, 1933 - June 12, 2020
Irene Gildon: May 10, 1939 - September 5, 2021
M.H. “Pete” Gildon and Irene Gildon of Allen, Texas, formerly of Rockport, TX, passed away on June 12, 2020 at the age of 86 and on September 5, 2021 at the age of 82, respectively. Pete was born on June 28, 1933 to C.E. and Doris Gildon in Miller County, Arkansas and Irene was born on May 10, 1939 to Curtis A. and Luberta Preas in Runnels County, Texas.
After early years in Arkansas and Louisiana, Pete grew up the second son of a Mobil Oil lease operator and school cafeteria manager/homemaker in Monahans,Texas and graduated from Monahans High School in 1950 at the age of 16. He moved to Austin to attend The University of Texas and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 1955. Irene grew up the fourth child of a farmer/Santa Fe Railroad employee and homemaker, in Silver Valley, a small community outside of Coleman, Texas, and attended Novice ISD, a small, Class B school. After high school graduation in 1957, she attended Howard Payne University in Brownwood, TX for a year, but returned home to Silver Valley after that year to help her family in the wake of her father’s leukemia diagnosis.
After serving in the United States Army from 1955 to 1957 in Korea at the 38th parallel, Pete returned to West Texas. He began his career in municipal government at the City of Odessa offices. Irene moved to Odessa to work and live with extended family. Pete and Irene met on a couple’s blind date where he was not her date, and 6 months later on September 4, 1959 they married in the front room of her family home on Boatwright Street in Odessa. Married for 60 years, they lived a life of many homes across Texas as Pete received his Masters in Public Administration from Texas Tech University while serving as Personnel Director of Lubbock’s Methodist Hospital. They then began Pete’s career as a city manager in West Texas and South Texas settling in Rockport in 1992.
Pete and Irene are survived by daughter, Kim Lehnhoff (Mark), of Lake Jackson,TX, son, Matt Gildon (Lisa) of Plano,Texas; their grandchildren: granddaughter, Anna Lehnhoff of Houston,TX grandson, Jacob Lehnhoff of Lake Jackson, TX, grandsons, Maxwell Gildon of Charlotte, NC and Michael Gildon of Plano, TX, granddaughter, McKenna Gildon of Plano. Pete was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Kenneth Gildon and sister-in-law, Joyce.
Irene was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Maxine, Vivian, Linda and brothers, Duane, Don, Cecil, Larry, and Terry, and beloved husband M.H. (Pete) Gildon. Sister Brenda Wells (Ervin) of Novice, Texas survives her.
Pete retired in 1998, and Irene kept busy. She was an accomplished homemaker, crafter, gardener, and later after her children were grown, a well-known sales associate at various retail locations in Rockport, most notably at Sundial, Galley Gadgets, and Connections, where she spent many happy days working among her friends and with her customers.
Irene and Pete were members of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Rockport and served in the Castaways ministry. As dementia took its heavy toll on Irene, Pete and Irene moved to Plano/Allen, TX in 2016 to be cared for by their son, Matt, until their passing.
A joint memorial service and committal for Irene and Pete will be held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Rockport, Texas, October 21, 2021 at 11:00 am with Rev. Jim Friedel officiating.