Gilles, Reuben Herman 1
- Born: Jul 18, 1917, New Haven, Mitchell, Iowa, USA
- Died: Oct 5, 2004, Austin, Mower, Minnesota, USA at age 87
Reuben Herman Gilles, 87, of Austin Minnsota, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 200 4, at his home from complications of emphysema and heart failure.
He was born July 18, 1917, in rural New Haven, Iowa, to Roy William and Th eresa Mary (Seibert) Gilles. He grew up in Stacyville, Iowa and was a grad uate of Visitation Catholic Elementary and High School.
After a position at the local creamery, Reuben was a member of the Civili an Conservation Corps from 1937 to 1939. After a call from the Selective S ervice, Reuben entered into the United States Army in July 1941. He was as signed to Corps II and the 19th Engineer Combat Regiment and spent the dur ation as a water filter operator. His time overseas was spent in Irelan d, England, North Africa, Sicily and Italy. Release from the Army ca me in July 1945. This career left him with seven battle stars after 30 mon ths overseas.
On Aug. 8, 1945, he was united in marriage to Ardella Emma Rauen at St. A ugustine Catholic Church. They resided in Austin for 59 years. Reuben atte nded Austin Vocational School and served as a journeyman sheet metal work er for over 35 years. Much of that time was spent as a furnace and boil er repair technician. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Cath olic Foresters and the American Legion Post #91. He enjoyed singing in t he adult choir for many years.
Survivors include his wife: Ardella Gilles, Austin; six children: Norma ( Charles) Willmarth, Bradenton, Fla.; Eileen (Patrick) Hines, Eagle Lake; H arold (Susan) Gilles, Portland, Ore.; Dolores (Gary) Nelson, St. Cloud; Cy nthia (John) Vyrosteck, Hudson, Wis.; Kevin (Juanita) Gilles, Plymout h; 15 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters: Theresa (Greg) Lang enfeld, Dunlop, Iowa; Elizabeth Hemann, Stacyville, Iowa; brother: Paul (G ertie) Gilles, Waterloo, Iowa; nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preced ed in death by his parents; brothers: Wilfred, Wilmer, Vernon and Danie l; sisters: Marion Johnson and Adeline Krebsbach; daughter-in-law: Lani K ay Gilles.
A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9, 200 4, at the Church of St. Augustine with Father Joe Fogal officiating. The re will be a 4:30 p.m. KC rosary and a 7:30 p.m. wake service on Frid ay at Mayer Funeral Home where friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. and al so from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. Interment will be in Visitation Ca tholic Cemetery in Stacyville, Iowa with military rites by American Legi on Post #91 of Austin and American Legion Post #569 of Stacyville. The cas ket bearers will be Jondell Hines, Joseph Hines, Jaymes Hines, Dan Johnso n, Roger Krebsbach and Bob Gilles.
Reuben married Ardella Emma Rauen.