In Memoriam: Frederick Burdette Gillis 1919-2005

GILLIS – Frederick “Burdette” Gillis, age 86 years, passed away peacefully, Monday, April 25, 2005 at Providence Place, Moose Jaw. Predeceased by his wife Freda, who he lovingly cared for from the time she contacted Polio in 1953 until her passing in 1999; and his granddaughter Deena Battenfelder.

Burdette is survived by one daughter Cathy (Grant) Swanson of Lucky Lake, SK; two grandchildren, Delee Swanson of Airdrie, AB and Craig Swanson (Ashley Reimer) of Grande Prairie, AB; great grandson Austin Battenfelder of Camp Creek, AB; Austin’s father Steve (Lorraine) Battenfelder of Camp Creek, AB; sister Estella Morrison of Saskatoon; sisters-in-law, Esther (George) Curtis of Indian Head and Gertrude (Howard) Elstad of Regina and their families.

Burdette was a longtime resident and business owner in Rouleau, Saskatchewan. At Burdette’s request no funeral service will be held. Interment at a later date at Rouleau, SK.

Gil Gillis with his Spitfire

Gil Gillis with captured Fw-190

Gil Gillis


3 thoughts on “In Memoriam: Frederick Burdette Gillis 1919-2005

  1. Great! I often wish that I had carried on with the Spitfires for instance. Robbie and I did try for Mosquitos at the end of our tour in 44 but were turned down. Our Squadron, 218, had its last Reunion this year, there just aren’t enough of us left to carry it on.



  2. Gil Gillis’ name was often seen in captions.
    We knew nothing of him.
    Someone wrote Greg and the flood gates opened once more.
    This is the reason why this blog is being written in the first place.

    I found this site…
    Unbelievable tribute to a pilot.

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