Cleo V. Tillman was born April 17, 1926 to Archie and Alta Tillman and passed into the arms of our Savior on Jan. 6, 2020. He grew up near Midwest, Wyo., attended high school in Casper, Wyo., and graduated in 1944. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy after graduating high school and was stationed in Great Lakes, Ill., and Richmond, Va., before serving in the South Pacific from 1944 through 1946.
With the union of his first wife, Doris, they had two children.
Cleo moved to Gunnison, Colo., in 1958 from Hill City, S.D., where he had worked at Mt. Rushmore as an electrician. Soon after arriving in Gunnison, he built his own business, “Electrical Dynamics.” Among his accomplishments were: Blue Mesa Dam; Crested Butte Ski Area; Western State College (now Western Colorado University); AMAX mine in Crested Butte; many, many homes in Gunnison, Crested Butte and Lake City.
He served on several City and County boards and committees. He flew for the Civil Air Patrol Search and Rescue. He served on the Gunnison Fire Department and was instrumental in instituting the Gunnison Fire Department Retirement fund. He also gave many hours working at the Pioneer Museum. He was a help and friend to many people.
Cleo was preceded in death by sisters: June Tillman, Doris Roe, Laurel Chadwick; brothers: Dean Tillman, Wayne Tillman; and daughter Wanda Tillman.
Cleo is survived by: son, Dale Tillman; grandson, Trinity Tillman and granddaughter, Shaunalee McKean. Also, many nieces and nephews who love him dearly and visited him often. He is extremely missed by his love and companion, Ruth, of many years.
There will be a celebration of life announced later in the year.