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Rosewood Funeral Chapel

3304 Mockingbird Ln, Victoria, TX

OBITUARY

Walter S. Gillett III

October 21, 1946January 10, 2020

Walter Stewart Gillett III, 73, of Gonzales formerly of Victoria, passed away January 10, 2020. He was born October 21, 1946 in Houston, Texas to Walter Stewart Gillett Jr. and Margaret Helen Rice Gillett. Stewart married Sandra Lynn Schulte on January 18, 1969. Stewart was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Victoria where he served in the Knights of Columbus as a third degree knight. He also served as the secretary/treasurer of the Victoria Gun Club for a number of years and was a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association. He served as a Little League Baseball coach for a number of years, even prior to his son playing ball. During his grandson’s years of shooting sports, Stewart coached him and led him to state competitions. He watched many swim competitions, baseball, soccer and football games of his grandsons. He enjoyed watching his granddaughters dance and cheer, and ride horses. Stewart taught several of the grandchildren to shoot a gun, and gifted them their first knives. He shared so many stories with all of the grandkids which will be remembered fondly. They were truly a blessing in his life, as he was in theirs.

Stewart grew up in Palacios where he attended school and played baseball, basketball and football. He and the team, the Palacios Sharks took his class to state championship and won the title in 1964. This was the last time the team earned this distinguished honor. After graduating in 1965, he attended college in Wharton and San Marcos, Stewart earned a degree in Business Management. In 1972 Stewart went to work for the State of Texas as an Unemployment Tax Auditor. He became the head of his department and retired from this office in 2003. Stewart loved to fish and hunt and participated in shooting sports.

Stewart is survived by his wife of 50 years, Sandra Lynn Schulte Gillett, two children, Tracy Wayne Gillett (Katherine) of Gonzales, and Stephanie Eileen Gillett Gomez (Edward) of Chandler, Arizona. Five grandchildren Thomas Colden Gillett, Cortlyn Christine Gillett, Dane Edward Gomez, Chase Stewart Gomez and Madeline Elena Gomez. Three sisters Linda Gillett Dixon (Dolan), Cathy Gillett Hunter (Wayne) and Carla Sue Gillett Addison, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Stewart Gillett, Jr. and Margaret Helen Rice Gillett.

The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, January 13, 2020, at Rosewood Funeral Chapel in Victoria. Words of Remembrance will be shared at 6 p.m. followed by the Holy Rosary being recited at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 14, 2020, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Victoria. Entombment will follow at Resurrection Catholic Mausoleum in Victoria. In lieu of flowers it is requested that donations be made to the Alzheimers Association of America and Hospice of South Texas. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Walter S. Gillett Jr., Father (deceased)
  • Margaret Helen Rice Gillett, Mother (deceased)
  • Sandra Lynn Schulte Gillett, Wife of 50 years
  • Tracy Wayne Gillett and wife Katherine, Son
  • Stephanie Gillett Gomez and husband Edward, Daughter
  • Linda Gillett Dixon and husband Dolan, Sister
  • Carla Sue Gillett Addison, Sister
  • Cathy Gillett Hunter and husband Wayne, Sister
  • Thomas Colden Gillett, Grandchild
  • Cortlyn Christine Gillett, Grandchild
  • Dane Edward Gomez, Grandchild
  • Chase Stewart Gomez, Grandchild
  • Madeline Elena Gomez, Grandchild
  • Stewart is also survived by, numerous nieces and nephews
  • DONATIONS

  • Hospice of South Texas
  • Alzheimer's Assocition of America

Services

  • Visitation Monday, January 13, 2020
  • Words of Remembrance Monday, January 13, 2020
  • Rosary Monday, January 13, 2020
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, January 14, 2020

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Kenneth & Sylvia Berger

January 17, 2020

Stewart Gillette family

Sorry to hear of the lose of Stewart. Saw the obituary in the Sunday, Victoria Advocate. Sorry we could not make it to the
funeral service. From years past, have a lot of memories of the
Gillette family.

With our love and prayers - Kenneth & Sylvia Berger

Edward Walker

January 12, 2020

I remember working with Stewart when I had TWC clients in Victoria. He was the commensurate professional and he helped me master the employment law. He was a gift to his family and his profession. We lost touch when I entered the academic world but I never forgot him. May his family be blessed by the memories and comforted by the assurance that they will see him again.

Helen Dolezal

January 11, 2020

Our most sincere sympathy with the passing of Stewart.
Palacios High School Class of 1966

Helen, Annie & Billy Dolezal

January 11, 2020

Our most sincere sympathy to Stewart's entire family. He was a true Christian man who will be missed. May perpetual light shine upon him and may be rest in peace.

Regina Deadrick

January 11, 2020

Sincere and heartfelt condolences from The Deadrick family. May God comfort you today, and in the challenging days ahead.

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FROM THE FAMILY