Robert H. “Bob” Gillin, 88 of Staunton, passed away January 30, 2016 at 12:55pm at Exceptional Living Center in Brazil due to complications from Alzheimer’s.
Bob was born in Jasonville, IN on November 30, 1927 to Nick and Elizabeth (Selba) Gillin. On March 17, 1951 he married Barbara J. (Newhart) Gillin. He served in the U.S. Army during the Occupation at the end of WWII. Bob retired from Plumbers and Steamfitters Local #157. He also spent many years as the groundskeeper at the CYL. He was a member of the VFW in Clay City; American Legion Post #2 and a lifetime member of the Clay Youth League. In his spare time he enjoyed coon-hunting, woodworking, spending time with family, and the past time he enjoyed most, was being a Coach. For over 50 years he coached baseball, women’s softball and co-ed softball. Bob founded the first Women’s Softball League in Clay County and one of his proudest moments was coaching his 15 year old Babe Ruth All Star team to a State Championship.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; a son, John “Pat” Gillin; great-grandson, Jaxton Maverick; brothers, John Luke, and Buck Gillin; sisters in law, Katie, Clara and Frances Gillin.
He is survived by his wife Barbara; children, Helen Rea (Tom), Chris Schurick (Tim), Pam Gaskill (Johnny), Lori Kates (Mike), BeeGee Hayden (Jim), Bo Gillin (Libby), Molly Ascheman (Mark), Jamie Gillin (Angie), daughter in law, Marsha Gillin; grandchildren, Mike, Shawn, Dustin, Brittney, Shasta, Jade, Jesse, Carrie, Kim, Gretchan, J.B., Josh, April, Jason, Tawnee, Tyler, Brooke, JoJo, Cheyanne, Katie, Luke, Dustin, Chloe, Paityn, Baileigh, Rissa, Rene and Leroy; great grandchildren, Mikey, Chelsey, Hailei, Shaydn, Kailyn, Mason, Hunner, Sophia, Dom, Logan, Skylar, Kirstin, Crystal, Briana, Kiera, Gracie, Alexia, Kaden, Trenton, Hayley, Stephy, Shelby, Bryson, Wyatt, Nathan, Logan C., Chloe and Kenzie; great great grands, Nattie and Mariah; brothers Bill and Dick Gillin of Indianapolis; close cousin, Tom Green of Jasonville and a host of “Ball-Kids” and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Thursday February 4, from 4-8pm at the Lawson-Miller Chapel, 1702 E. National Ave. Services will be held Friday at 1:00pm with visitation one hour prior to services.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Clay Youth Ball League in honor of Bob. He never wanted a child to not be able to play ball, so a scholarship will be started to help those that need extra funds to enjoy this game of ball that Bob so loved. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.