Dr. Stan Tillman
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Dr. Stan Tillman, 75, of Newburgh, died peacefully Tuesday, August 13, 2013, from complications of Multiple Systems Atrophy (MSA) at VNA Charlier Hospice Center. Stanislaus Marcelinus Tillman was born in St. Meinrad, September 3, 1937, to Cornelius and Mildred (Denning) Tillman-Sandage.
Stanley married his beloved wife, Janet Boerste, on July 20, 1963, in Tell City. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family. He was a devoted son, husband, father, and grandfather.
Stan graduated from St. Ferdinand High School in 1955, and Indiana University in 1963, as a Doctor of Optometry. Dr. Stan practiced Optometry for 50 years until retirement this spring. He worked alongside his uncle, Dr. Walter Denning, and was joined by his son, Dr. Kurt, who continues the practice at Tillman Eye Care. He appreciated and respected his loyal office staff and acknowledges their support in the care of his patients.
Stan was a dedicated service volunteer in various organizations. As a devoted member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church since 1971, he served as School Board and Vocation Team president. He also served as president of other philanthropic groups such as Evansville Jaycees, Boys & Girls Club of Evansville, Serra Club, and Carver Community Organization. He was selected as Evansville's Outstanding Young Man in 1973. He became a Life Member of the Boys & Girls Club and was an active member of the Jaycees Old Timers and Rotary Club of Evansville.
Golf and duplicate bridge were also passions in his life, he always played these games fairly and enthusiastically. He was a three time Senior Golf Champion at Rolling Hills Country Club and was approaching Life Master Status in competitive bridge. For his service and dedication, he was recently recognized as a Golden Age Master through the efforts of his good friends at the Evansville Duplicate Bridge Club.
An avid sports enthusiast, Dad enjoyed coaching and attending our various activities. GranStan continued to support his grandchildren in sport and in play; he spent many hours attending their athletic events and patiently teaching card games to them and anyone who showed an interest.
Stan is survived by his loving wife, Jan; daughter, Alicia Motz (Rick), of Wadesville, Ind.; sons, Scott (Ann), of Brazil, Ind., and Kurt, of Newburgh, Ind.; grandchildren, Hunter, Griffin, and Cooper Motz, Alexandria and Bryce Tillman and Jackson and Katherine Tillman; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Kathleen (Wessel) Bunner.
The family wishes to thank the nurses, therapists, and staff of Angel River Rehabilitation Center of Newburgh, Deaconess Gateway Hospital, VNA Charlier Hospice Center and Dr. Eric Brackett for his care. A special thanks goes to his bridge buddy and caring friend, John Titzer.
Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, August 16, 2013, at the Ziemer Funeral Home East Chapel, 800 S. Hebron Ave., Evansville, IN 47714, with at memorial service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue Saturday at St. John's the Baptist Catholic Church, 625 Frame Rd, Newburgh, IN 47630, from 9:30 a.m. until service time.
A Mass of Christian burial for Stan will be held on Saturday, August 17, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the church with Father Joseph Ziliak and Father Thomas Kessler officiating.
Entombment will be at St. John's the Baptist Catholic Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Evansville Boys & Girls Club, 700 Bellemeade, Evansville, IN 47714, Carver Community Center, 100 E. Walnut St, Evansville, IN 47713 or St. John's the Baptist Catholic Church, 625 Frame Rd, Newburgh, IN 47630.
Condolences may be made online at www.ziemerfuneralhome.com.
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Published in Courier Press on Aug. 15, 2013