HELENA, MT – Edward “Chub” Gill Sr. passed away at the age of 101 on April 26, 2019. His loving son, Ed and his daughter-in-law Kathy were by his side.
Chub was born November 4, 1917 in Deer Lodge, Montana to Don Gill and Alice Byerly Gill. He attended Deer Lodge public schools, graduating from Powell County High School in 1937. After graduation, Chub was employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a principal forest guard. He supervised and communicated with isolated lookouts and enforced forest law violations.
During WWII, Chub served as 1st sergeant in the Army of Engineers. During his time in the service, he attended Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina. During active duty Chub was stationed in the South Pacific on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. He was qualified as an expert rifleman and decorations included a Bronze Service Star and Victory Medal. After being honorably discharged from the Army in 1946 he began working for the Registrar of Motor Vehicles in Deer Lodge, as deputy registrar. Chub’s next job was regional director for Region 4 of the American Association of Motor Vehicles where he worked until he retired at age 69, in 1986.
On August 28th, 1948, Chub married Helen Elizabeth Greany at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Anaconda, Montana. Their only child, Edward Gill Jr. was born in 1958.
Chub was very active in his Deer Lodge community, serving on the school board and the museum board. During the winter months Chub enjoyed riding through town on his snowplow helping to clear off the sidewalks for many of the business owners. He was an avid sports fan, especially football and he had season tickets to the Montana Grizzlies basketball and football games. Summer days were spent at his Hauser Lake home where he enjoyed water skiing, boating, working on the dock and entertaining family and friends.
Chub loved his family and his life in Montana. He was known for his politeness and was an impeccable dresser. He could be easily spotted wearing his signature red cardigan sweater as he roamed the halls at the Touchmark Senior Living Facility where he resided the last 8 years. Chub will be greatly missed by many and be forever in our hearts.
Chub was preceded in death by his parents; loving wife, Helen; his sisters Dorothy (Bess) and Elizabeth, brothers Don, Ralph (Bud) Charles (Pete) and Richard.
Survivors are son, Edward Gill Jr. (Kathy) of Shoreline, Washington; grandsons, Matthew (Keisha) of Washington D.C., and Marcus of Seattle.
A special thank you to the Touchmark staff, VA care team, St. Peter’s Hospice, Amanda Sather and Betty Dalin for the wonderful care given to Chub in his final days. Also an important thank you to his nephew Mark White for his continued love and support for both Helen and Chub over the years and his unending work on their Lake House.
A funeral mass with military honors will be held at 11:00a.m. on Saturday, July 27th at Immaculate Conception Church in Deer Lodge, Montana. A luncheon at St. Mary’s Center to follow services. Arrangements are by Jewel Funeral Home.
Memorials may be sent to Immaculate Conception Church, 605 Clark Street, Deer Lodge MT, 59722 or donor’s choice.