George Elmo (Pete) Gillies, 84, loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and brother, passed away January 4, 1994 at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, Provo, Utah.
Born December 7, 1909 in Beaver, Utah, he was the oldest of nine children born to George Burton and Ida Elizabeth Thompson Gillies. On October 24, 1931, he married Jeneva Shipp; the marriage was later solemnized in the Manti LDS Temple.Surviving are his wife, Jeneva of Springville; four children, Mrs. Shirley Rockwood (LaVar) of Lindon; Mrs. Rene McDowell (David) of Orem; Mrs. Deanna Kowacich Wentz (Wells) of Spanish Fork; and Bonner Gillies (Diane) of Springville; 18 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Acel Gillies, Jay Gillies, Zona Myers and Leola Limb of Beaver, Utah.
Born and raised in Beaver, Elmo was a rancher/farmer, city policeman and state road worker. In 1951, he moved his family to Springville where he worked at Geneva Steel retiring as a crane operator after 25 years of service. As a lifetime member of the LDS Church, he served in many capacities including Sunday School superintendency and High Priest. Telling stories to his children and grandchildren, growing a garden, riding horses, deer hunting, fishing, tooling and braiding beautiful leather halters and bridles, were some of his favorite pastimes. Above all, Elmo will be remembered as a loving husband, a proud father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and because he was a fair and honest man.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 8, 1994, at 11 a.m., at the Springville Stake House, 698 Kolob Circle. Friends may call Friday evening at Wheeler Mortuary, 211 East 200 South, Springville, from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in the Springville Evergreen Cemetery.
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