Memorial funds established

CNJ Staff

Memorial funds have been established in Clovis for the Evans and Gilbert families.

The family of Maj. Troy Gilbert:
Donations may be dropped off at Bank of Clovis, 300 Main St., or the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune offices, 521 Pile St. in Clovis and 101 E. First in Portales.

Donations for the non-profit memorial fund also are being raised in Arizona, where the pilot was stationed at Luke Air Force Base near Phoenix.

Gilbert, 34, died Nov. 27 when the F-16 he was piloting crashed in Iraq. Gilbert’s wife, Ginger, is a Clovis native.

The family of Capt. Kermit Evans:
Donations may be taken to Cannon Federal Credit Union. For information, contact Master Sgt. Harold Hailer, 27th Civil Engineer Squadron, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight Chief, 784-2909.

Evans, 31, was killed Dec. 3 when the U.S. Marine Corps CH-46 helicopter in which he was riding made an emergency water landing near the shore of Lake Qadisiyah in western Al Anbar Province, Iraq.