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Jan. 12, 1918 ~ Nov. 19, 2013
Kenneth Horace Gillman, age 95, of Lindon, Utah, passed away at his home on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, from causes incident to age. He was born January 12, 1918, in Vernal, Utah, to Horace Phillip Gillman and Leona Watkins. He was their first of five children. His mother passed away when he was eight years old. He continued to live with his father and uncles and completed his education in Vernal.
He enlisted in a Combat Engineers unit in
World War II
, completed Officer's Training and served in India and Burma. His unit was instrumental in building the Burma Road which was a major supply line during the war.
He returned to Lindon, Utah, where he met and married Madge Hooley. They made their home in Lindon and lived there all their lives. Ken worked on a crane in the Rolling Mills at Geneva Steel and retired in January, 1981.
He served as a Bishop in Lindon Second Ward, in the Pleasant Grove Stake Presidency, as Regional Welfare Agent in addition to other positions in the LDS Church. He had a small farm where he raised cattle. He loved watching BYU football and basketball games. He and Madge travelled with their friends to many BYU sporting events.
Madge passed away in March, 2002. Ken continued to live on his own, taking care of his farm and animals until the last few months. He was independent and used his time prudently.
Ken is survived by his five children: Leona (Royal) Christensen, Lindon; Gordon (Sherry) Gillman Lava Hot Springs, Idaho; Lyle (Lori) Gillman Vernal; Bill Gillman, Salt Lake City; Lisa (Kevin) Gillman, Lindon; sister, Bula Gurr of Vernal, 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
His was preceded in death by his wife Madge, his parents, and sisters: Vergie Shumway and Reva Cobbley, brother Garth Gillman and grandson David Christensen.
Funeral services will be held Monday, November 25,2013 at 11 am in the Lindon Second Ward chapel, 610 West 100 South, Lindon. There will be viewing Sunday, November 24, from 6-8 pm at Olpin Family Mortuary, 494 South 300 East, Pleasant Grove and at the church on Monday one hour prior to services. Interment will be in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune on Nov. 24, 2013
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