Ernest D. Gill
November 21, 1946 - September 23, 2018
Ernest D. Gill, 71, passed away September 23, 2018 at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Lakewood after battling cancer.
Ernest D. Gill is survived by his wife, Jeanne Oliverius Gill, four children: Shellene Ellington (Chad), Kristina Larsen (Tyler), Katelyn Stueven (Andrew), and Kimberly Kelly (Russell). He also leaves behind ten grandchildren: Mallory, Joseph, Devyn, Sydney, Ryan, Landon, Boden, Trenton, Aubrey and Kaelyn. He is also survived by his brother, Lynden E. Gill (Ann) and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Glen E. Gill and Faye I. Hemphill Gill.
Ernest D. Gill was born in Lamar, Colorado November 21, 1946 and was raised in McClave, Colorado on the family farm. He graduated McClave High School in 1964. He entered the military service through the Marine Platoon Leadership Class while attending Colorado State University where he graduated in 1969 and received his commission as Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. His first duty station was in Pensacola, FL for flight school. He was designated Naval Aviator in 1971 and served as a helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War. He honorably left active service in the Marine Corps with the rank of Captain in March of 1976 to return to the family farm and start his family.
His farming career lead to an opportunity at Lamar Community College, where he developed a Farm Ranch Management program and worked closely with FFA, Future Farmers of America. He received an internal transfer to the Community College Systems to advance their agricultural education programs.
He and his family moved to the Denver area in 1989 where he raised his family and worked at the Colorado Community College and Occupational Education System as Program Director for Ag Education from 1988-2002. After retiring from his position CCCOES, in 2003 he accepted an offer from the National Future Farmers of America as their Program Success Specialist Team Leader. He served the National FFA program for 10 years until he retired in 2013. While serving the National FFA he moved back to the Denver area to be near his family in 2008 where he remained until his passing. He and his wife Jeanne enjoyed retirement by RVing across the country visiting friends and family in Arizona, California, Florida, Minnesota and other traveling. His love for his family, friends, Agricultural Education and the US Marine Corps were his pride and joy.
Funeral service is pending at Fort Logan V.A. Cemetery in Denver. A memorial in McClave will be at a later date.