Robert Eugene Gillet, 82, of Great Falls, a World War II Army veteran and former salesman, died of natural causes Friday at a local hospital.
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Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home. His funeral his 2 p.m. Tuesday at Faith Lutheran Church, with burial in Highland Cemetery.
Survivors include his daughters, Doreen (Tom) Carter of Rochester, N.Y., Debbie (Kevin) Schmid and Danita (Marty) Severson, all of Great Falls; a sister, Dorothy (Bob) Croucher of Kalispell; a brother, Harold (June) Gillet of Missoula; grandchildren Taunia and Sean Carter of Rochester, N.Y., and Holley Schmid, Tanner Schmid, Crystal Severson, Trevor Severson, Misty Severson and Mellissa (Scott) Severson-Hampton, all of Great Falls.
Bob was born Nov. 22, 1923, in his parents' vehicle on the way to the Havre hospital. He was raised and educated in Gilford. He moved to Kalispell in 1941 and then began his career with the U.S. Army as a sharp shooter and cryptographic technician during WWII. He was honorably discharged in 1946, receiving the Asiatic Pacific Service, Good Conduct and Victory Medals. After WWII he worked for the Burlington Northern Railroad as a signal service technician. In 1960 he married Helen Ruth Cady of Kremlin. He then began a career selling Insurance and followed that as a Shaklee coordinator until late 1999. For the last 10 years he has been involved with Bridges as a senior companion.
At 82, he was still very vibrant and lived on his own while working for Bridges five days a week. Bob was a collector of many things, the most extensive being friendships. He enjoyed dancing, flea markets, and following his grandchildren's sporting events. All the while he continued to meet and make people laugh, even through his toughest hours. Bob was a loving father, grandfather, brother, and friend. He will be missed by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Dora Gillet; a brother Arthur Gillet; a sister, Margaret Enevold; and his wife, Helen R. Gillet.
Published in Great Falls Tribune on Apr. 10, 2006