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VASCO RODNEY GILLUM May 10, 1923-June 26, 2013 Rod Gillum, age 90, passed away peacefully on June 26, 2013 at Riverside Kaiser Hospital after a brief stay due to complications from pneumonia. The third of four sons, all of whom preceded him in death, he was born and raised on a farm in Downsville, Louisiana, where his love for animals and growing plants began and lasted a lifetime. He lived in Riverside 67 years, moving here after serving in the U.S. Army for four years during World War II. He worked for both Citizens Transportation Co. and Johnson Tractor for over 40 years as a truck driver hauling large equipment. In 1948 he met and married Doris Wyona Porter who preceded him in death after 52 years of marriage in 2000. He is survived by one daughter, Georgia Renne, of Riverside, and one son, Mel Gillum, of Poway. He is also survived by three grandsons, Greg Renne, Brandon Gillum, and Josh Gillum along with his wife, Elle Gillum. Additionally surviving him are sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Win and Nora (Porter) Teasley and Dave and Carol (Porter) McAnern, plus numerous nephews and nieces and grandnephews and grandnieces. Furthermore, he is survived by his dear friend, Lois Friedrich, of Apple Valley. Rod will always be remembered by his family and many friends for his willingness to help others, love of the outdoors, and passion for the LA Dodgers. While most of his life was filled with hard work and providing a comfortable life for his family, Rod also loved to travel the road, camp with their RV, and fish with his brothers-in-law and friends. He was well known for his delicious home-grown tomatoes and beautiful rose garden. He will be remembered and sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. Rod Gillum will be honored with a military service at the Riverside National Cemetery, where his ashes will be interred, on Friday, July 5, 2013, at 9:30 AM, Staging Area 3. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in his memory to the , www.cancer.org, or The Salvation Army, www.salvationarmyusa.org


Published in Press-Enterprise from July 2 to July 4, 2013
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