Charles Richard Gillette passed away on June 3, 2018, at home after a brief illness with pancreatic cancer.
He was born December 5, 1938, in Holyoke, MA, son of Charles Milton Gillette and Esther Frieda Geissler Gillette, both deceased. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1960 with a B.S. degree in Wildlife Management. He worked for the Maryland Game and Inland Fish Commission, and then served in the United States Army and later in the Army Reserve. He retired from his primary career as a Tax Law Specialist in Exempt Organizations with the Internal Revenue Service. In 1999, he moved to Orange County, Virginia. He was an active member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church and before retiring, was a very active leader in Boy Scouts.
Charles was an avid outdoorsman and loved hiking, camping and canoeing. He enjoyed teaching his children and grandchildren about nature and natural beauty and was a loving, patient instructor. He never tired of learning himself.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jonna Earlene Harvey Gillette; a daughter, Amy Lynn Gillette Bain (Gregory P.); a son, Robert Lawrence Gillette; three grandchildren, Nicole Elizabeth Bain, David Charles Gillette and Meredith Alexandra Gillette, all of Virginia; and a sister, Lois Esther Gillette Coggeshall (Dale T.) of Cape Cod, MA. He will be missed by his family and friends more than anyone can imagine.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 8, 2018 at Bethlehem United Methodist Church, Unionville. Reverend Ralph Satter will officiate. A reception will be held immediately following the service at the church. Interment will then follow at 2 p.m. at Culpeper National Cemetery, Culpeper.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bethlehem United Methodist Church or the Orange County Foodbank.
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