Allan L. Gillis


Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2002

Anchorage resident Allan L. Gillis died Saturday, Dec. 21, 2002, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage of a heart attack. He was 61.

A funeral mass will be held Saturday, Dec. 28, at Holy Cross Church, 2627 Lore Rd., Anchorage, with Father Dan Hebert officiating.

Mr. Gillis was born April 22, 1941, in Boston to Alice and Alexander T. Gillis.

The U.S. Air Force brought Mr. Gillis and his family to Alaska in 1966. He retired from the Air Force in 1980 and retired from the state of Alaska in 1994.

Mr. Gillis enjoyed fishing, hunting, reading, bowling, golfing and his family. Along with friends, Mr. Gillis built a cabin in Sterling, where he and his wife enjoyed spending their summers.

"His aim in life was to make people smile. He was a very loving husband, father, grandfather, son and brother," his family said.

He is survived by his wife, Joan Gillis of Anchorage; daughters, Debra of Anchorage, and Pamela Grocholski (Michael) of Stevens Point, Wis.; sons, Eric and Scott (Tammy) of Anchorage; father, Alexander T. (Cecelia) of Taunton, Mass.; mother, Alice St. Martin (Al) of Halifax, Mass.; sisters, Alice Ritter of Tucson, Ariz., and Marcia Fries (Bill) of Halifax; and grandchildren, Shannon, Blaine, Kara and Cassidy.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his name can be made to The American Heart Association or The American Lung Association.

Arrangements were made with Kehl's Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel and Crematory in Anchorage.

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