Tearle A Gillies was born Sept. 6, 1934, in Watertown, South Dakota and passed away April 18, 2018, at Fidalgo Care Center in Anacortes after a long battle with cancer.
Tearle enlisted in the U.S. Navy and, after experiencing a stroke and a long recovery, retired in San Diego as a lieutenant commander. He then moved his family back to Whidbey Island where he had been stationed previously and has lived here the past 43 years.
Tearle enjoyed his morning coffee at McDonald’s with his group of buddies. One of the things his family will miss the most is his singing to them as little kids and carrying on that tradition right up the line to the great grandchildren. From nursery rhymes to Dean Martin, he enjoyed them all.
Those who knew him well will miss his constant taunting (teasing) of Beverly and then, with a smirk on his face, turning away and laughing.
Tearle leaves behind his wife of 59 years, Beverly, and five children: Randall Gillies, Linda (Tony) Baeyan, Patricia (James) Peterson, Robin Bowden (Gary Latting), and Vicki Gillies (Robert Watt Jr).
Also surviving is a brother, Leslie (Marlys) Gillies, and sister Sonya (Charles) Welch. He was especially proud of his 22 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. They were his greatest joy and he loved them dearly. He was preceded in death by both his parents, one sister, one brother and three grandchildren.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the loving nursing staff and doctor at Fidalgo Care Center for taking great care of our dad for the past year.
A traditional funeral service for Tearle will be held beginning with a viewing on Monday, April 30, 2018, from 1-5 p.m. at Wallin Funeral Home followed by a funeral service on Tuesday, May 1, at 1 pm at the funeral home.
Burial at Maple Leaf Cemetery will follow the funeral service.
Arrangements were entrusted to Wallin Funeral home & Cremation LLC. To leave condolences or share messages, please visit Tearle’s Book of Memories page on the funeral home website at www.wallinfuner alhome.com