Longtime Montesano resident, Allen R. Gillman, 76, died at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen, Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Al was born in Bemidji, Minn., April 13, 1937, to Raymond T. and Beulah Mae (Duhamel) Gillman. He moved to Kelso, Wash., at the age of 14 and attended Kelso schools.
He started work at the Longview Weyerhaeuser Pulp Mill transferring to the Cosmopolis Pulp Mill in 1957. He retired after 40 years with Weyerhaeuser in 1997 as a shift superintendent.
He married Sally Vance in Montesano, on August 24, 1991.
Al bought and restored tractors and drove them in tractor pulls. He was a member of the Antique Farm Engine and Tractor Association. (AFE&TA) and OPATEA Tractor Clubs. He enjoyed golf, travel and clam digging. A recent special event for Al was a trip back to Bemidji, Minn., last June to visit his cousins.
Besides his wife, Sally, of the family home in Montesano, Al is survived by two sons, Todd (Stephanie) Gillman of Montesano and Michael (Pam) Gillman of Aberdeen; a daughter, Krista Sue Ballard (Shawn) of Malvern, Ark.; a brother, Gerald (Linda) Gillman of Kelso; three sisters, Frances M. Karboski of Tenino, Dianne (Bill) Whitten of Castle Rock, and Shirley (Vern) Jacobson of Kelso; six grandchildren, Abbi, Jessi, Carson, Kobie, Jadyn and Jaegger. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews, Brett (Kelly) Vance and Mark (Stacey) Vance; and an exchange student from Germany, Paulina Wendlant. Al is preceded in death by a daughter, Angela Gillman, who died at birth; and sons, Steven and Gregory.
A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, March 16, 2014, at the Montesano Moose. A potluck reception will follow.
The family suggests memorials may be sent to your favorite Relay For Life group or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 202, Aberdeen, WA 98520.
A card of condolence with a message or a memory may be sent to the family at www.fernhillfuneral.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Fern Hill Funeral Home, Aberdeen.