1937 - 2018
Terry Gilfillan, 81, died March 20, 2018 at RiverBend Hospital in Springfield, after complications from a long illness.
Terry was born in Coos Bay, the son of Jack and Edna (Lemon) Gilfillan. He grew up and spent most of his life living in Coos Bay. Terry came from a large family with six brothers and six sisters.
In 1956, Terry married his high school sweetheart, Wilma Penas. Terry and Wilma had three children and were married for 32 years. In 1992, he married Dorothy Gannon Griffiths who preceded him in death in 2012. Terry and Dorothy lived the last 20 years together in the Idelyld Park area. Terry was a fun and loving brother, father and grandfather and will be missed dearly by his family.
Terry was skilled at operating heavy machinery and spent most of his career in the logging and construction industries. He especially loved blazing trails and clearing roads with his big D6 Caterpillar. He spent many years running equipment for various power companies. He enjoyed watching and attending car races. It didn’t matter if it was the big NASCAR track in Las Vegas or a small town racetrack in Roseburg. Every year he’d lovingly prepare smoked jerky and pistachios along with homemade jams that he would give as gifts to his friends and family. He stayed busy later in life with a specialty made barbacue/smoker affectionately named “Gnome-mobile”. One of his favorite traditions was hosting an annual oyster feed where he worked tirelessly ensuring everyone had enough to eat and a good time.
He is preceded in death by his parents; and his eldest sister, Patricia Jeter.
Terry is survived by all six brothers, John, Max, Jim, Mel, Homer, and Mike; five sisters, Caroline Embree, Rosalie Johnson, Judy Lewis Gilfillan, Lorrie Buckman and Julie Williams; three children, Brian Gilfillan and his wife, Ruth of Coos Bay, Pam Jackson of Portland, and Kim Gilfillan and her wife, Sue Manley of Eugene; six grandchildren, Greg, Krista, Stephanie, Dana, Chelsea, and Corby; and four great-grandchildren.
Terry’s life will be celebrated at a private event with his family. We wish to thank all of those who were lucky enough to know and love him throughout his life. Terry was a generous man to many and we are grateful to have been a part of his journey.
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