Lowell B. Gillman, 89

Lowell Burton Gillman, age 89, of Cokato, died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, at his residence.

His funeral service will take place Monday, Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel in Dassel, followed by interment at the Dassel Community Cemetery.

There will be a one-hour visitation prior to the service at the funeral home.

Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.

Lowell was born Nov. 13, 1930, in Dassel, the son of Claude and Katherine (Wessels) Gillman. He grew up in Dassel until 1935, when the family moved to Litchfield. In 1944, the family moved back to Dassel.

Lowell attended District 48 until the eighth grade, and graduated from the Dassel High School in 1947.

In 1948, Lowell moved to Cokato.

He was baptized at his grandparents’ home in Lamson, and confirmed at the Spring Grove Methodist Church near Corvuso. Lowell had been an active member of the Walker United Methodist Church, where he had served as a chairman of the church board, and usher, and was very involved in every aspect of the church.

Lowell was united in marriage to Sadie Caroline Compton May 23, 1952, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Litchfield. The couple made their home in Cokato, where Lowell was employed as a service and parts manager for Holt Motors in Cokato for 54 years. He also worked on the family farm, helping his father and son.

Lowell enjoyed spending time doing field work and tinkering on the tractors, as well as woodworking.

He was a hard-working, humble and kind man, and a dedicated husband and father. Lowell enjoyed spending time with his family. He was proud of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and loved getting together for holidays and special events.

Lowell was always willing to lend a hand – from helping his son and dad with farm chores or fixing farm equipment, to helping with projects for friends and family. He liked to travel, taking trips with family to Texas, Vegas, Tennessee, Mexico and Puerto Rico. He especially loved when people would come and visit and have a cup of coffee with him.

Lowell is survived by his children: LuAnn (Thomas) Ollig of Winsted, Debbie (Denny) Johnson of Cokato, Bonnie (Dwight) Hatfield of Cokato, Stephen (Tammy) Gillman of Rockford, and Stephanie (Boyd) Birdsill of Spooner, WI; grandchildren Aric Johnson, Tina Joiner, Michelle Campbell, Lisa Grack, Chad Hatfield, Beth Ollig, Laura Root, Breanna Kresser, Sarah Gillman, Zachary Beise, Luke Birdsill, Abigail Birdsill, Alyssa Gillman, and Cody Gillman; and great-grandchildren Kayla Grack, Brandon Johnson, Dylan Grack, Jade Hatfield, Hunter Hatfield, Tyler Johnson, Madison Campbell, Owen Johnson, Cole Johnson, Evan Grack, Jordan Grack, Grayson Root and Hadley Kresser.

He is also survived by his siblings, Marvel (Donald) Blom of Hutchinson, Marcia (Floyd) Anderson of Apple Valley, Mary (Harlund) Carlen of Dassel, and Irene Krejci of Hutchinson; and sisters-in-law Esther Klima of Cokato, Judy Compton of Eagan, and Lota Compton of Oklahoma.

Lowell was preceded in death by his wife, Sadie; parents, Claude and Katherine Gillman; brothers-in-law Richard Krejci, and Cyrus Weispfennig; and father- and mother in-law, Edmond and Esther Compton.

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