John Samuel Gillgren Tahlequah Daily Press
October 9, 2008
Submitted by: Jo Aguirre
John Samuel Gillgren, the son of Commander Gustave and Margaret (Andersen) Gillgren, was born Oct. 6, 1920, in Philadelphia, Penn. and departed this life on Oct. 7, 2008, in Tahlequah, at the age of 88 years and one day.John was a great model for civic duty. He joined the Navy and served as a Seabee in Guadalcanal and New Georgia during W.W.II. He served in the Navy until after the war and then worked as a civilian for the Department of the Navy as the head of transportation on the East Coast for over 30 years. He served on the board at the Hope House, in Tahlequah, and on the building committee at the Methodist Church. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Elks Lodge, served as chaplain, co-chairman of the bingo committee, and maitre d' for the Friday Night Dimes.On the 12th day of December, 1941, John married the love of his life, Deane Emigh. To this union was born three children: John Jr., Thomas and Diana. John loved his family and touched many lives over the years. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.He was preceded in death by his parents Commander Gustave and Margaret Gillgren; one daughter, Diana Abella; and one brother, Adolph Gillgren.He is survived by a very loving family which includes his wife of more than 66 years, Deane Gillgren, of the home in Tahlequah; two sons: John Gillgren Jr. and wife, Joyce, of Ashburn, Va., and Thomas Gillgren and wife, Kim, of Oceanside, Calif.; two sisters: Jean Eaton, of Vista, Calif., and Margie Krigbaum, of Mo.; nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. Many nieces, nephews, friends and other relatives also survive him.A funeral will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 10, in the First United Methodist Church, with Dr. Allen Schneider officiating. Interment will follow at the New Home Cemetery, in Peggs.Reed-Culver Funeral Home, 117 W. Delaware, 456-2551
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