Robert G. Gill
Saturday, December 24, 1921
Date of Death:
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
97 years old
Robert G. Gill
Robert Glenn “Bob” Gill, 97, of Rochester, Minnesota, died Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at his home in Rochester, with his wife at his side.
Born December 24, 1921 in Elmira Township near St. Charles, Minnesota, Bob was the son of Edward and Hazel (Ferguson) Gill. He graduated from St. Charles High School in 1939. Bob served in the United States Naval Reserves from 1942 to 1945, fighting in World War II on the Pacific Front as an in-flight radioman. On May 25, 1946, Bob married Beverly Henry of Dover, Minnesota. They lived in Rochester for over 73 years, raising three sons and establishing with his wife, the businesses, Robert Gill Realtor- Builder, founded in 1963, and Northern Lights & Furnishings, founded in 1977. Bob enjoyed working until the time of his death.
Bob was an active member in the Rochester community throughout his lifetime, serving as a founding member and president of the Rochester Area Builders Association and as a member and president for both the Rochester Board of Realtors and the Rochester Cemetery Association. Bob also served on the Rochester Planning and Zoning Commission, the Rochester Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and the Rochester Downtown Advisory Board.
Bob was an active member of Christ United Methodist Church, the Rochester American Legion, the Rochester Area Shrine Club, the Rochester Lodge of the M.W. Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of Minnesota, and the Valley of Rochester Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.
In 2013, Bob received the Rochester Quarterbacks Club Ben Sternberg Award for his contributions to the Rochester area sports community, including being a founder member of the Rochester Youth Baseball Association in 1957 and as a leader and Director of the Rochester American Legion Baseball program for 35 years, from 1968 to 2003.
Bob is survived by his wife, Beverly Gill; his three sons, Gregory (Jill) of Rochester, Kirk (Jennie Wilson) of Rochester, and Lincoln of Whitefish, Montana; ten grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; and his sister, Sharon Bishop of Rochester. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Darrell Gill, his sisters Phyllis Klee and Beverly Todd, and an infant daughter.
His funeral will be held at 11 A.M on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at Christ United Methodist Church, Rochester, preceded by a visitation an hour before the service and followed by a burial in Oakwood Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted by the American Legion of Rochester. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to Christ United Methodist Church or Oakwood Cemetery.
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We are very saddened to learn of your father's death. He helped us countless times over the years with our home maintenance needs, pointing us to the right resources. He was always professional and responsive, and a pleasure to chat with. What a phenomenal work ethic! Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find solace in the many wonderful memories you and your family all share of your Dad.
Paula & John Laskowski
Dear Bev and Family,
My deepest sympathy to you. Bob was a great man and will be missed and remembered by many. My prayers for you.
Bob Gill was a true patriot, a God loving man who loved country, family and friends. He will be missed.
Dear Beverly and the Gill family,
It is with profound feelings that we extend to you our deepest sympathy for your loss. It was our privilege and a honor
to have met Bob and listened to the stories of his life and the things that shaped it. He was a delight to be with and to
admire for his many and varied accomplishments, his service and love for our country. There will indeed be a special
place for him, for no one could be more deserving.
Thanks Bob, for the memories.
Claudine and Bob Kaltenbacher
To Bev and family
Bob gave me my first carpenter job and a great start in life with a young family. He was always willing to help and guide me. For 12 years he provided me work without a layoff. I worked with all 3 boys and all taught me to have respect which they learned from Bob and Bev. Bob was very special to Carol and I. He always had time to listen and was very professional to the people he worked with. Carol and I enjoyed a wonderful visit with Bob this past winter. Our prayers to the entire family.
I was so very sorry to hear of Bob's passing today in the paper. My dad, Paul Colvin, had told me stories growing up of how Mason's always watch out for each other and their families and Bob, proved to me that Mason's truly are "protectors of mankind". When I found myself and my young girls homeless after a horrible divorce and the loss of my dad in 1993, I remembered those Masonic words and reached out to Bob for guidance. I will never forget how caring, understanding and generous Bob was to me the day I walked into his office without an appointment. Bob treated me with dignity, grace and respect, after sharing stories of my dad with me, without hesitation, Bob handed me keys to one of his apartments, asked me how much I could reasonably afford each month and told me to move in that same day. Telling me that my dad would have done the same for one of his children if they would have been put in the same situation, "it is the least I can do for you and your kids". The girls and I lived in the apartment for six months until I could save up enough money, and once again start up a very successful home business. I don't know if I ever truly thanked Bob for what he did for me all those years ago, but his generosity saved three souls and gave us hope for a brighter tomorrow. Rest in Peace Bob, and thank you.
Bev and all: Bob led a life well-lived. His loss will be felt by many, but the love you felt for him will go oh forever. God bless you all. Karl Ulrich
Thoughts and prayers to the Gill Family.
Sorry to hear of your father's passing.
Bev and family
We are very sorry for your loss. Bob was a very special person and was a friend to all. Our friendship extended many years with myself and the entire Springer-Danewick families. The Rochester sports scene lost a great ambassador. The Gill family lost a great husband, father and grandfather. We will be saying extra prayers for all of you.
Chuck and Mary Kay Springer
We are thinking of the entire Gill family! It’s hard to say goodbye to such a special person in your lives. He was a wonderful man and will be in your hearts forever. God Bless you all and give you peace. Our sympathies are with you.