Thomas Franklin Tillman, 72, a retired trucker from Shelby, passed away Friday, June 26, 2009, at his home due to cancer. No services are planned. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Whitted Funeral Chapel.
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Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Carol of Shelby; son, Tom of Shelby; mother, Edith (Craig) Hart and stepfather, Donald Hart, both of Spokane, Wash.; sister, Donna (Tillman) Ormiston of Spokane, Wash.; three grandchildren; and numerous aunts and uncles in the Bozeman area, along with several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his father, Tom, and son, Jeff.
Tom was born Nov. 30, 1936, at Bozeman to Thomas and Edith (Craig) Tillman.
He married Carol Perl on March 21, 1979, and they have lived in Shelby for the past 30 years. He worked on natural gas compressors, drove truck for Hi-Line Red Mix and Dick Irvin Trucking, before retiring in 2004. He then started his honey-do list.
Tom enjoyed fishing, camping, collecting antiques, making tables, decks or anything out of wood. He also loved hunting and had the same bullet for six years waiting and looking for that trophy animal.
Tom will be remembered for his sense of humor and his willingness to help people in whatever they needed.
The family would like to thank Dr. Clary and the entire hospital staff for being so kind and caring during Tom's hospital stay, as well as the hospice staff for taking care of Tom when he was at home.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on June 30, 2009