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Obituary for Robert C. Gill
Robert (Bob) C. Gill died of pneumonia at the age of 90 on November 10, 2014 in Davis, California. He was born in Dixon, the fourth of five children of Roy and Florence Gill. He grew up in Dixon on the family farm. For primary and secondary school he lived in Ferndale, California (his mothers home town) with his Aunt Elizabeth Fulmor who was the one room schoolteacher. Summers were spent working in the family farming and livestock business in Dixon where he learned the lessons of hard work, integrity, and consideration of others; the example set by his father and mother. Upon graduation from high school where he was an athlete, musician, and class president, he went to Menlo College to play football with the plan of attending Stanford. World War II interrupted those plans and he joined the Navy in 1944. He served as a SEABEE at the Alameda Naval Station. After the Navy he returned to work on the family ranch in Dixon and attend classes at UC Davis. While selling hay to a young horsewoman who was a student at UC Davis, he met the love of his life, Muriel Butler. They married in 1946 and celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary last September. They have three children, Pam Gill-Fisher (Ron Fisher), Roy Gill (Cindy), and Kim Gill-Favier (Henry Favier). Together Bob and Muriel built a successful farming and livestock business in Dixon. He believed in service above self and was an outstanding community member where he was involved with many organizations, including, the Dixon May Fair Board of Directors, Dixon Bank of America Board of Directors, Solano Water District, Foreman of the Solano County Grand Jury, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Moose Lodge, Rotary, 4-H, FFA, and Boy Scouts. His passion was for the Masonic organizations that he belonged to for over 50 years. He helped with the transition of the Shriners Hospital from San Francisco to Sacramento and found great joy in the care they provided for children. He attended UC Davis athletic events regularly and took pride in the music of the Cal Aggie Marching Band. He loved being a farmer and until the day he died always had a large garden and relished delivering fresh vegetables to his friends. His parents instilled in him the notion that you never went to another’s home without bringing something and never let anyone leave your home without giving them something.. He lived a life of kindness and generosity and will be missed by those who were touched by him. A celebration of life will be held November 19, 2014, 10:30 am, at the Dixon Methodist Church, 209 Jefferson St., Dixon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital, Sacramento, or the UC Davis Cal Aggie Marching Band, 232 ARC, UC Davis, Davis, CA.
Service: Dixon United Methodist Church Wednesday, November 19, 2014 10:30am