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Guess I should say that we are home, since Monday afternoon.  Trying to get back into the swing of things and have had a week that is too busy!  Back to work, trying to catch up on the laundry, etc and music to practice for tomorrow.  Plus the reality has set in and I am blue missing my precious granddaughter.  It’s nice to see the fall colors popping out and I have a new appreciation for where I live, after being gone for a while.

Happy days

We are in Denver, CO visiting our son Dan and his wife Jamie, and our new granddaughter Evalyn.  She is a little beauty, so perfect and beautiful.  I am really enjoying doing some bonding with her!  I was holding her with her head on my shoulder, and when I started singing “For Baby” to her, she lifted up her head to try to look at me! I was so surprised, only two weeks old.  I am taking gobs of pictures of her.

And today is my birthday, so it was a special treat to be here.  Jamie’s mom fixed us a fantastic dinner and they got me a cake and some presents.  It’s been really nice.  It was a little rainy today so we didn’t go anywhere, but we are planning to do a little hiking. I just did a little shopping today and just goofed off. 

Dan beat us all at Boggle tonight, surprise!  I taught him to play when he was young and now he always beats everybody pretty badly.  If he isn’t around I am usually the winner.  🙂

It’s very nice out here, I could get used to it!

Just paid my final respects to my dear old friend Robert Gillan.  A bit of a heartache and tears.

Tomorrow we leave to go to Denver to see Dan, Jamie and little Evalyn. 

 I sang this song to my baby boys, and now I look forward to singing it to my new granddaughter. I also look forward to seeing my hubby being Granddad and holding a little baby again!

A hero is gone

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Karl Miller, me and Bob Gillan, 4/09 Boone Co. Gardenfest, the last Bluebird Society event he made it to.

I was so blessed by this man.  He taught me about bluebirds and lots of other things along the way.  He was such an amazing and inspiring person.  I promised him we would keep the Bluebird Society going.  I’ll miss him but he will always inspire me, and I’m glad I was able to tell him what a blessing he was to my life.  One of the last things he said to me then was “I’m glad there is a Christy.”  He was always a great encourager and teacher to all.

Dr. Robert L. Gillan

Thorntown

1916-2009

Dr. Robert L. Gillan of Thorntown died Sunday, Sept. 6, at Homewood Health Care Center, Lebanon. He was 93.

Born Aug. 26, 1916, in Darlington, he was the son of Thomas and Maude Dove (Richey) Gillan; they preceded him in death. He married Roxie Robbins in St. Bernard Parish in New Orleans Oct. 19, 1946; she died Aug. 20, 2007.

He graduated Thorntown High School in 1934, then Central College in 1939 with a degree in music and English. He completed his graduate work at Butler University and later received his doctorate. He had 10 teaching certificates.

He taught school in Sandborn and Thorntown, Roachdale, Williams, Carmel, Huron and for Indianapolis Public Schools, retiring in 1984. He taught music for 11 years, then spent most of the time teaching learning disabled fifth-graders. His greatest accomplishment was that two of those students became doctors.

He served in the U.S. Navy for six years, including during World War II, as a primary flight instructor and later in weather recon and hurricane tracking. In 1973, he received a Valley Forge Freedom Foundation National Teach of the Year Award, the Older Hoosier of the Year Award in 2005 and the Boone County Breeders and Feeders Award in 2004.

He farmed for many years raising grain and registered Angus cattle. He planted his last crop in 2005 at the age of 89.

For many years he was a glider instructor taking his last flight in spring 2009. He was an accomplished artist, having won many awards for his oil painting. His art work hangs in Sugar Creek Arts Center in Thorntown.

He was a member of the Boone County Antique Tractor Association, Boone County Master Gardeners, Lebanon Masonic Lodge No. 9 Scottish Rite, Friends of the Thorntown Library, Thorntown Christian Church, Boone County Genealogical Society, National Soaring Society, Phi Delta Kappa, Sons of the American Revolution, Boone County Amateur Radio Club, Boone County Blue Bird Society, American Legion Post No. 218 Thorntown and Sugar Creek Historical Society.

Survivors include brother Devon Gillan, Taft, Tenn.; sister Janette Holmes, Park Gardens, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

He also was preceded in death by brothers Lester and William Gillan and sisters Gladys Thrasher, Mary Joseph and Lois Lance.

Visitation is from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Thorntown Christian Church, 125 W. Main St., with Masonic rites at 7:30 p.m. Services with military graveside rights will be 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the church; the Revs. Glen Jewell and Larry Truitt officiating. Burial will follow at Maple Lawn Cemetery, Thorntown.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sugar Creek Arts Center, 127 S. Pearl St., Thorntown, IN 46071. Russell & Hitch Funeral Home, Thorntown, is handling arrangements.