George H. Gillhoover, 81, of Hayden, Idaho, went to be with the Lord on September 14, 2008 with his wife of 61 years by his side, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. He was born December 11, 1926 in Naperville, Illinois to George and Leona (Gilbert) Gillhoover. George was raised, attended High school and Electrical trade school in Illinois. He served in the United States Army from April 9, 1945 until November 11, 1946 and was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division. On February 15, 1947 he married Lillian Precup in Aurora, Illinois. They moved to Southern California where they lived for 20 years. In 1968 the family moved to beautiful North Idaho where they have remained for 40 years. For the past 30 years George has been a self employed contractor of custom homes.
George was a faithful, long time member of St. Thomas Catholic Church. His other interests and hobbies included gardening, reading, snow skiing, water skiing, biking, bowling and restoring English cars. He had brought home numerous trophies and ribbons from the many car shows he had entered.
George is survived by his loving wife Lillian of Hayden and was a wonderful, caring father to 7 children: Cheryl Frampton and son-in-law Frank, Geri Harshman, Jan Jeffrey and son-in-law Harry, Fran Gillhoover all of Coeur d'Alene, Mary Black and son-in-law Dane of Boise, Idaho and Kathy Bushfield and son-in-law Tim, of Lynnwood, Washington. He was preceded in death by a son James Todd. George also has 13 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren that include a set of triplets, 2 sisters and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 5 P.M. until 7 P.M. Thursday, September 18, 2008 at the Yates Funeral Home, Coeur d'Alene Chapel with a Vigil service beginning at 6 P.M. Funeral Mass will be held at 11 A.M. Friday September 19, 2008 at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Coeur d'Alene. Burial will follow at St. Thomas Cemetery also in Coeur d'Alene. Memorials may be sent to Hospice of North Idaho.
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