Robert Lee Gilman, 67, passed away Sept. 7, 2017 at home in Albany, OR.
He was born to Donald and Barbara (Ware) Gilman in Cottage Grove, OR in 1950. He was raised in Lorane, OR and then Cottage Grove where he attended and graduated from Cottage Grove High School.
In 1968, he married his high school sweetheart, Judy Bricker, and together they raised their family in Cottage Grove until moving to Albany in 1988 where he spent the rest of his life.
At the age of 10 he discovered trapping which started him on what he called “a lifelong adventure” which became his career. He trapped commercially, contracted for Oregon timber industries and started an urban wildlife control business. He loved the outdoors and spent his lifetime hunting, fishing and camping with family and friends. He had a love of history and family genealogy and passed some of his own history on when he authored the book “Bear Tales and Trapline Trails” published in 2014. His love for his family was immeasurable. He had a special place in his heart for each of his grandchildren. His friends became family. He was a member of Eastside Christian Church in Albany where he and Judy attended together for 30 years.
Robert is survived by his mother, Barbara Gilman of Cottage Grove, his wife of 49 years, Judy of Albany, his daughter, Kelly Rhodes and her husband Darin of Dorena, his son, Sam Gilman and his wife Donna of Albany, and seven grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at Eastside Christian Church, 1910 Grand Prairie Rd SE, in Albany on Sunday, Sept. 17 2017 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Robert’s memory to Eastside Christian Church (Missions fund in memo). Arrangements in the care of Smith Lund Mills Funeral Chapel, Cottage Grove, OR.