Robert A. "Bob" Gillick - 73
3/25/1945 - 4/5/2018
Oregon - Robert (Bob) A. Gillick, born March 25, 1945, in Chicago, Illinois to Alvin P. Gillick, Jr. and Hallie Jean Boyd Gillick, he passed away in the early morning of April 5, 2018 at home with his wife and son, who were his caregivers. He married the former Susan J. Savage in Forreston, Illinois on July 25, 1970. At the time of their marriage, both were living in Peoria, Illinois, and both worked at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. Bob worked as an orderly and the hospital created a new position of Orderly Supervisor and that was his position. The position was ended when Bob left the hospital for other places of employment. He worked for several years as an ambulance attendant at the main ambulance company, leaving to become a Caterpillar Company employee where he worked until he had his first massive stroke at the age of 49. He was kept on disability at Caterpillar, until he retired at age 65. Bob lived in Chicago until age nine, and often spent Sunday mornings sitting on the steps of the neighborhood Lithiuanica Catholic church, listening to the Mass in Latin and he enjoyed it. When he and Susan had their marriage blessed in the Catholic church, he converted and became a Roman Catholic, joining the Knights of Columbus in Pekin where they lived at the time. When they moved to East Peoria, he was one of the charter members when they formed the Monsignor Grysbowski Council at St. Monica's Church. He really enjoyed belonging to the "KC's", helping with all the various events, even after his stroke. He continued with the KC's after moving to Oregon in 2003. Bob had a great sense of humor showing in his words and actions virtually every day of his life. He had a love of nonsense. He was a Cubs fan until after his stroke, then he became an avid Bears fan. He loved fishing although he rarely caught a fish. People would take pity on him and give him fish. He could not catch a fish at a pay-for lake, or even if he was in the same boat as someone else who was pulling in a great catch. He loved his wife and children with a passion and they were his life! He was a hero to them and most of all the people who he met and became friends with, not just for his years as a combat medic in the Army, but for the ordinary things he did for his family and friends. If anyone needed anything, he was always there to help. In 1954, the family moved to Springfield, Illinois, where Bob attended Lanphier High School until he entered the U. S. Army in 1962. He served as a Combat Medic for six years, with two tours in Korea and one year in Viet Nam, where he served his entire tour in the field, at his request. Bob earned his GED while in the Army and completed 2 years of college, while he was working at Caterpillar. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his parents-in-law, Leo and Jane Savage, his brothers-in-law, Brian Savage and William (Bill) S. Burd, one nephew, Paul Richards and daughter-in-law, Alicia Gillick. He is survived by his wife, Susan; sons, Kevin Gillick, East Peoria, IL, Timothy (Emilie) Gillick, West Peoria, IL and Daniel Gillick, Oregon, IL; brothers, Michael (Gloria) Gillick, Chatham, IL and Dale (Michelle) Gillick, Creve Coeur, IL; sisters, Sandra (Jim) Riba, Springfield, IL and Marcia (Verland) Richards, Peoria, IL. He is also survived by a special friend Michelle (Ma-maw)Tortello. He is survived by three grandsons, Asher Gillick and Nolan and Jonah Davis. He is also survived by 17 nieces and nephews, and many great nieces and nephews. Over the many years, Bob and his wife opened their home to so many young people who needed a home and unconditional love. He is also survived by many, many extended kids and grandkids, whom he loved as his own. The family wants to thank Marcie Gulley Zeigler, Peggy Ann Hayenga, Jacquline Matt and Alka Bond, as well as all of those at Serenity House for their love, care and support in caring for Bob. Pop - The Man, The Myth, The Legend!! A Memorial service will be held at 2:00pm Saturday May 19 in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon preceded by a visitation beginning at 1:00pm; Father Richard Kramer will officiate. In lieu of flowers memorials contributions may be directed to the family.
1:00pm Saturday May 19 in Oregon FH
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