GREAT FALLS - Robert “Bob” Eugene Gillet, 82, of Great Falls died Friday, April 7, 2006, of natural causes in a Great Falls hospital.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Faith Lutheran Church, with burial with military in Highland Cemetery in Great Falls.
Bob was born Nov. 22, 1923, in his parents vehicle on the way to a Havre hospital. He was raised and educated in Gildford. He moved to Kalispell in 1941 and then began his career with the U.S. Army as a sharp shooter and cryptographic technician during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1946, receiving the Asiatic Pacific Service, Good Conduct and Victory medals. After the war, he worked for the Burlington Northern Railway 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 had 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 was preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Dora Gillet, brother Arthur Gillet, sister Margaret Enevold and his wife Helen R. Gillet.
Survivors include his daughters, Doreen (Tom) Carter of Rochester, N.Y., and Debbie (Kevin) Schmid and Danita (Marty) Severson of Great Falls; sister, Dorothy (Bob) Croucher of Kalispell; brother, Harold (June) Gillet of Missoula; and seven grandchildren.