Robert M. Gillis
Robert M. Gillis, age 93 of Lone Pine, passed away Thursday, March 21 at Northern Inyo Hospital in Bishop. Born in Wynnewood, Okla. on Aug. 29, 1919, to Bert Gillis and Viola Parker Gillis, Robert “Bob” moved with his family to Compton in 1928.
Joining the U.S. Army in 1944, Bob was assigned to the 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment serving in the Philippines and the U.S. Occupation Forces in Japan. During his time of service he was wounded in combat, receiving the Purple Heart. He was also awarded the Bronze Star, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, Rifleman 745, Combat Infantryman and Paratrooper Badges.
Civilian life was spent enjoying hiking, fishing and hunting in the Sierra Nevada and Inyo Mountains with annual birthday hikes to the peak of Mt. Whitney, the last being on his 81st birthday.
He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Kathryn Lewis Gillis; son and daughter-in-law, Robert Larry and Charleen Gillis; daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen and Terry Larsen; stepdaughter and son-in-law, Marlene and Leland Wallace; brother and sister-in-law, James “Jim” and Betty Gillis; 11 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild, along with many family and friends that will treasure the memories that a full life provides.
Services with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. at the Mt. Whitney Cemetery, 1300 N. U.S. 395 in Lone Pine, on Saturday, March 30.