George Gillenwater: He Lived to 103

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George GillenwaterGeorge Gillenwater passed away peacefully February 22nd 2018. George was born in Kirby, Oklahoma to William and Nelly Gillenwater on November 21st 1914.

George worked in the lumber industry for 52 years, in California, Oregon and Washington. The last 23 years were for Champion International Corp. George enjoyed volunteering and interacting with the people of the First Covenant Church of Eureka. He also enjoyed playing and making kazoo instruments for the Humboldt Kitchenaires for many years.

George was preceded in death by his parents, brother Billy, 1st wife Winona, 2nd wife Margaret, special friend Olive, grandson Scott Holm and stepson Bud Olsen. He is survived by his 3rd wife Barbara, children Carol Holm, Robert (Sena), stepdaughter Norma Jean Neville, 8 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, 16 great -great grandchildren, 4 step grandchildren, 5 step great grandchildren and 11 great -great grandchildren.

Memorial services will be at the First Covenant Church at 2526 J St in Eureka at 1pm March 17th. In lieu of flowers you may make a contribution to your favorite charity, Eureka Rescue Mission or the American Cancer Society.



  • George was full of spirit through the end. He and his wife, Barbara, were known still get out to local events like the nearby music festivals even during his last year. I hope I have half his spirit if I make it to 100+.

  • I knew George and Barbara for a short time. Such a great couple. George always helped Barbara get around in her wheel chair. George was a gentleman.

  • GGpa was an amazing man and the best grandpa. He was an inspiration to his family and friends and will not be forgotten. Even at 103 his mind was sharp, he never lost his sense of humor and he always wanted to take care of his wife and family. At my last visit with him he told me that he will see me on the other side. Rest In Peace GGpa.

  • unbridled phillistine

    Anybody who logged for over 50 years deserves respect! What a guy. Hope I am just like him when I grow up!

  • My Georgie…he was so kind and funny too. He had cute nicknames for people too…I was “highpockets” and when I asked him what that meant he said he just picked it up somewhere over the years…i loved it and will never forget it.

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