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Donald Gillum

Donald Eugene "Butch" Gillum

August 31st, 1954 - October 18th, 2019
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Obituary

Gillum, Donald E. “Butch”, age 65 of Bloomington, MN passed away on October 18, 2019. He was a devoted family man, a 20+ year employee of the Bloomington Police Department and a retired Chief of the Bloomington Fire Department.

A lover of wildlife and the outdoors - camping, fishing, hunting and boating, he often spent his free time with family at the lake. He loved nature, football, NASCAR and powdered donuts. His dogs were always his side-kicks and his drink of choice was Canadian Club. He was both a quiet man and the one getting everyone riled up at a gathering. He loved to goof around and play jokes on others, and his belly laugh was contagious and unforgettable.

Forever ingrained in Butch was his desire to help. He always put his needs last, and loved offering a helping hand to his co-workers, friends, neighbors and of course his family. As an emergency responder, it didn’t matter what he was doing - if the tones came through, he was already one foot out the door. It didn’t matter who you were - family or a complete stranger - if someone needed help, he was there. He was the one you’d want around in an emergency. Butch always knew what to do, would instantly take control of the situation and somehow manage to calm everyone down.

His family meant the world to him and he constantly talked about how lucky he was that we were such a close group. The moment he found out he was going to be a Grandpa, he blossomed in that role. His three grandkids couldn’t get enough of him and it was apparent he’d do anything to make them happy. At his core, he was both a helper and family man.

Preceded in death by parents, Donald and Patricia Gillum. Survived by loving wife of 40 years, Nancy; children Becky (Jordan) Wegwerth and Jen (Dan) Kennedy; grandchildren, Morgan, Evelyn and Norah; siblings, Deb (Steve) Repasky and Duane (Kari Lippert) Gillum; many extended relatives, friends, and his fire and police family.

Visitation Thursday, 10/24/19 from 4-7 pm at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 9947 Lyndale Ave S, Bloomington, MN. Funeral Service Friday, 10/25/19 at 11 am (visitation at 10 am) at Bloomington Lutheran Church, 9350 Portland Ave S, Bloomington, MN.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Minnesota Fire Service Foundation.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 24th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Thursday, October 24th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Gill Brothers Funeral Bloomington/Richfield Funeral Home
    Address
    9947 Lyndale Ave. So.
    Bloomington, MN 55420
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  • Second Visitation

    Friday, October 25th, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    When
    Friday, October 25th, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    Location
    Bloomington Lutheran Church
    Address
    9350 Portland Avenue South
    Bloomington, MN 55420
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  • Service

    Friday, October 25th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Friday, October 25th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Bloomington Lutheran Church
    Address
    9350 Portland Avenue South
    Bloomington, MN 55420
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  • Reception

    Location
    Bloomington Lutheran Church
    Address
    9350 Portland Avenue South
    Bloomington, MN 55420
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Donations are being accepted for: MINNESOTA FIRE SERVICE FOUNDATION.

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Posted at 12:41pm
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Posted at 10:17am
We are devastated at the loss of our Uncle Butch. Our hearts and prayers go out to you all. We are here if you need us. Love you!
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Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... We will miss Butch's helpfulness.
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Love, Chris and Colleen Reynolds

Posted at 09:03am
We are so sorry for your loss. Butch was truly one of a kind and we cherish all the memories we have with him.
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