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Veilleux Funeral Home

8 Elm Street, Waterville, ME

OBITUARY

GILMAN R PELLETIER

January 5, 1938July 23, 2020

Waterville - Gilman Rudolph Pelletier passed away in the early hours of July 23, 2020 from a progressive illness. He lived his life as a humble servant of God and was deeply loved by his family and friends. Gil was devoted to his wife, Marilyn, and family. He always enjoyed family gatherings and the companionship of others, making fast friends of people from all walks of life wherever he went. He was born in Madawaska, Maine on January 5, 1938 to Henry and Isabelle Pelletier. Gil attended schools in Caribou, Maine and thoroughly enjoyed playing baseball, fishing, dancing, and even picking potatoes.

Gil met the love of his life, Marilyn (Guerette) Pelletier while in high school and frequently traveled between Caribou and Portland, Maine to court her while he was enrolled in Officers Candidate School and she was completing her nursing education at Mercy Hospital. They enjoyed 54 years of marriage and are the proud parents of three daughters: Susan, Debra, and Kimberly.

Gil was a very proud soldier in the Armed Forces (Army) and a Vietnam veteran (1969-70) and achieved the rank of Lt. Colonel by working his way through the ranks, which included completion of the Command and General Staff College. He was a true Patriot. Gil was awarded the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Achievement Medal 1st Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Commendation Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with 4 Bronze Stars, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Humanitarian Service Medal.

After his retirement, Gil went on to achieve an Associates degree in Business from Thomas College and to volunteer with a passion for Meals on Wheels via the Muskie Center in Waterville, Maine. He was eventually awarded the Distinguished Community Service Award in 2011 by the Mid Maine Chamber of Commerce after 25 years of service. Gil also achieved recognition as one of Channel 6’s “6 Who Care” volunteers for 2012. Gil was also a member of Corpus Christi parish, the Knights of Columbus, was named the Bourque-Lanigan American Legion Post 5 Legionnaire of the Year for outstanding leadership in 2011, and given the Commander’s Appreciation Award for devoted service. In 2013, Gil received the Post 5 Commander’s Award. Gil was active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 01285, served on Waterville’s Sewerage Board, and supported charities such as the Muskie Center.

Gil Pelletier is pre-deceased by his parents Henry and Isabelle (Nadeau) Pelletier, his brother Henry Jr. (June) and his wife Jeanne Pelletier, sister Norma and her husband Tom Waters, brother in law Henry Nadeau, sister in law Cola Pelletier, and niece Sheri Ouellette.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Marilyn (Guerette) Pelletier, daughter Susan Pelletier of Windham, daughter Debra (Pelletier) Webb and husband David of Windham, and Kimberly Pelletier of Lee, Maine, brother Roger Pelletier, sister Doris Nadeau, Sister Cecile and husband Robert Raby, sister LouAnn Kelly, brother Jerry and his wife Kathy Pelletier, and many nieces and nephews. In addition he is survived by beloved family members Jacqueline LaPlante, Diane Guerette, John and Linda Monahan, Gary Guerette, Jeff and Carol Harvey, and Michael and Roseanne Guerette.

You are invited to offer your condolences and share fond memories with the family by visiting Gilman’s guestbook at www.veilleuxfuneralhome.com.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Notre Dame Catholic Church. Due to attendance restrictions set by the State of Maine because of the pandemic, attendance will be by invitation only. Committal Services will be held at a later date with full military honors at The Maine Veterans Cemetery in Augusta. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make donations in Gilman Pelletier’s name to the Good Shepherd’s Food Bank of Maine or The Muskie Center in Waterville Maine. A Service of Veilleux and Redington Funeral Home, 8 Elm St., Waterville, Maine. (207) 872-7676.

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Tom Davis

August 3, 2020

My sympathy to Gil's family. He was a true inspiration, a gentleman, and just a class act. I will miss seeing him around and his smile and big heart will surely be missed.

Regina Anderson

July 27, 2020

Dear Marilyn,
My deepest sympathies to you and your family for your sad loss. Gil was such fun at the family reunion. He pitched right in and helped to post all the photos on the wall as though it was his own. Good guy.
Please know I’ll be thinking of you and praying for you in this sad time.
Love always,
Regina

Terese aka Tracy Withee

July 27, 2020

My heart is with you, Susi and family. Giving you a big hug from Tennessee.

Leola (Lee) Guerrette

July 27, 2020

To Marilyn and family. I was shocked to read today of Gil's passing. He was such a great gentleman and kind in helping others. He and his family grew up not far from where we lived, so we became great friends. May his loving care for others be always with you. My sincere sympathies to all of you and prayers are sent your way.....

PAUL MANSON

July 27, 2020

a real fine gentleman I got to know at American Legion events and other functions around town. I know he will be missed.

Karen Bishop

July 26, 2020

To Marilyn and family. My sympathy to you all. Gil was a kind and gentile person always there when you need him. He helped a great deal at Sacred Heart for years. If we needed someone we always knew where to look. May he rest in peace.

Rev. Claude R. Gendreau

July 26, 2020

Dear Marilyn and Daughters,
My most sincere sympathies to all of you. Gil was always a well meaning person who gave so much of himself. May the good Lord reward him now with the vision of His face for his labors were many. May he rest in peace as I keep you all in prayer.

Bob and Kelly Raby

July 26, 2020

Our deepest sympathies on the loss of such a wonderful man. The times spent with Uncle Gil at the HIP family reunions, that started with this gathering celebrating life, were highlights in our life. The stories and memories shared keep us together in spirit. Love and prayers, dear family.

Bob & Cecile Raby

July 26, 2020

We offer our sincere condolences to Marilyn and her family because of the passing of Gil. Additionally, to his siblings of which there remain five.
Gil was loved and liked by all that met him. His generosity was boundless. I'm proud to have had him as a brother-in-law.

Paul & Lauria Pelletier

July 26, 2020

Our most sincere sympathies Marilyn to you and your family and his brothers and sisters. Rudy as we called him was a very special cousin to Paul and all of us. He used to come visit often and will be greatly missed. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. Love & hugs.❤️🙏🏼🙏🏼

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