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Wilbur Giltner

TISKILWA — Wilbur E. Giltner, 97, of 150 Sycamore St., Tiskilwa, died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, at Liberty Village in Princeton.

He was born June 27, 1922, to Lowry Elmer and Jennie Adair (Colvin) Giltner. He married Doris Marie Gustafson on Sept. 7, 1947. They shared 72 years together. She survives in Princeton.

Wilbur was manager of plant operations, maintenance and laundry at Perry Memorial Hospital for 26 years, retiring in 1984. He was a member of the American Society for Hospital Engineers. As a member of the Central Illinois Chapter of Hospital Engineers, he was elected chapter president in 1975 and 1976, and secretary-treasurer in 1983 and 1984.

He was elected to the International Hospital Maintenance Institute in 1963 and served as an advisor to the International Membership Committee until his retirement in 1984.

Wilbur was a member of the Illinois State Association of Power Engineers, the National Association of Institutional Laundry Managers and Chapter 31 of the Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Union.

He was a member of the Bureau County Regional Planning Commission for 21 years, and served as chairman of the commission the last 11 years of his tenure. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Princeton.

He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, and five brothers and five sisters.

A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at the First Lutheran Church in Princeton with the Rev. Bill Shields officiating. Burial will be in Elm Lawn Memorial Park in Princeton.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the First Lutheran Church in Princeton.

Memorials may be directed to the First Lutheran Church in Princeton.

The Grant-Johnson Funeral Home in Princeton is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

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