ST. PAUL -- Leo R. Gillham, 84, of St. Paul died Friday, June 29, 2012, at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island with his children by his side.
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Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home in St. Paul. The Rev. Kati Salmons will officiate. Burial will be held in Elmwood Cemetery in St. Paul with military rites at graveside by Carl Mogensen American Legion Post No. 119 of St. Paul.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Leo was born Feb. 5, 1928, in Greeley to Jess and Ruby (Kelly) Gillham.
He received his education in Scotia.
Leo enlisted in the U.S. Army Jan. 8, 1951, and served during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged Dec. 10, 1952.
He was united in marriage to Ione Sestak June 29, 1958, at Comstock.
The couple lived in Bayard after they were married. In 1959, they moved to St. Paul where they lived the rest of their lives.
While in St. Paul, he was employed with Spike Smith's Construction, RT Paul Consulting Engineer and HWS Consulting Group. Leo retired in 1991.
He was a member of the Carl Mogensen American Legion Post No. 119 of St. Paul.
Leo enjoyed gardening, playing cards, gambling trips and daily visits to Palmer.
He is survived by his children, Judy (Jeff) Jorgensen of Grand Island, Dennis (Cathy) Gillham of York, Mary Jane (Mike) Garner of Broken Bow and Don (Dana) Gillham of St. Paul; grandchildren, Justin and Jenny Jorgensen, Jess and Caitlin Gillham, Anne Marie, Tyrel and Yance Garner, Danielle (Pat) Killinger and David Gillham; one brother Fay (Lavonna) Gillham of St. Paul; and a very special friend, Donna Dobish of St. Paul.
Leo was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ione, on March 16, 1991; sisters, Irene Murphy and Loretta Schmidt; and his brothers, Raymond and Gerald Gillham.
Memorials are suggested to the St. Paul Fire Department and EMTs.
Condolences and tributes for Leo may be signed at www.jacobsengreenway.com.
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Published in The Grand Island Independent on July 2, 2012