Charles W. Gilmore Jr., 82, of Kutztown PA died in his home on Monday, June 24, 2019. He was born in New Jersey and moved to PA at the age of 9 with his parents Charles Gilmore Sr. and Lovell Gilmore. He was employed by Dana Corporation for 32 years, retiring in 1990. His true passion in life was racing. He even raced an ostrich once – what a hoot! He could drive anything. His racing career started in 1963 when he bought his first car from his late cousin Doug Ely. He competed at Dorney Park for many years. Eventually Grandview Speedway became his home track. He last competed in 2007. He was known for his sense of humor and would help anyone that asked. He will forever be remembered as “Chargin` Charley Gilmore.” Sportsmanship on the track and in the stands. He is survived by his girlfriend Kathy Bechtel, son Michael W. Gilmore and fiancé Brenda Saylor, daughter Barbara D. Fink, husband Ronald, son Kenny “Monk” Gilmore, wife Heidi, daughter Kim Smith, husband Mike. Six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Also surviving are sisters Linda Ernst and Kathy Gilmore. In lieu of flowers the family requests you send donations to checkered flag fan club in his name. A celebration of life will be held at a later date and will be announced in the upcoming weeks.
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