Sterling Henry Gillman "Papa" 1925-2017 Our incomparable father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, and friend, Sterling Henry Gillman, passed peacefully from the life he loved on Monday, February 13, 2017. He left a 92-year legacy of happiness, good humor, and kindness that forever changed the lives of those who were blessed with the good fortune of knowing and loving him. Sterling was born on January 15, 1925 in Orem Utah, the youngest child of Clyde Duane and Leila May Gillman. As a child of the Great Depression, Sterling learned the value of hard work and would never take for granted the blessings of living in a country that offered him the freedom to enjoy security, personal progress, and prosperity. Sterling graduated from South High School in Salt Lake City where he created life-long friendships and was a varsity cheerleader. One month after graduation he enlisted in the United States Navy where he would serve for over three years in the European Theatre of World War II. He spoke often and with fondness of his many months in Paris during the liberation of France. While there he grew to love the French culture and its people. Following the war, Sterling returned to Utah where he would attend the University of Utah and affiliate with the Sigma Nu Fraternity, an association that provided many cherished friendships. Upon leaving college, Sterling began his life long career as a salesman of business forms in San Francisco, California where he fell hopelessly in love with the beautiful Virginia Hegge. Their marriage on December 18, 1953 provided a firm foundation upon which they built a family tradition of deep confidence in Jesus Christ and loyalty to each other. Their four children and subsequent grandchildren would be the blessed recipients of their unconditional love in a home filled with cherished traditions, forgiveness, gratitude, and faith. Their fortunate progeny believed that they could do and be anything because Papa and Nana said it was so. After several years, Sterling and Virginia moved their growing family to Holladay, Utah where they would reside together for 50 years until Virginia's passing in 2009. Sterling continued to live in his Holladay home for another eight years with a series of three newlywed grandchildren and their spouses. These beloved grandchildren were the source of companionship and tender care during the final years of his life. Sterling was an active and faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints where his Valley View 2nd and 8th Ward families enriched his life in immeasurable ways. He served in many church capacities but most cherished his opportunity to minister as a home teacher. Sterling always spoke of his home teaching families with deep love and respect, considering this assignment a sacred trust. He will be remembered as a consummate home teacher. Sterling was the personification of gratitude, joy, and charity. We will miss his magnificent smile that could light up any room! Sterling is survived by his daughter Janet (Bill) Rowley and his son Sterling (Margie) Gillman, as well as his adoring grandchildren: Sean and Lisa Hatch, Paul and Cheryl Rowley, Spencer and Krystal Rowley, David Rowley, Blake and Staci Rowley, Chelsea and Jordan Knight, Liz and Logan Jorgensen, and Michael Rowley. His light will live on in his twenty great-grandchildren. Sterling was preceded in death by his wife, parents, his brothers Lloyd and Howard Gillman, his sister Eva Richards, sons Timothy and Scott Gillman, and his great-grandson Elijah Jorgensen. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, February 18th at 12 noon at the Valley View 8th Ward on 4395 So. Albright Drive. A visitation will be held Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the 8th Ward building. Friends may call on Saturday morning, one hour prior to the service (10:45 to 11:45 a.m.) Interment-Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park. Online condolences may be shared at www.jenkins-soffe.com . God be with you, our tender Papa, until we meet again!
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