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Melvin Donald Gillam "Don"

1931 - 2021



Obituary of Melvin Donald “Don” Gillam



Melvin Donald Gillam, or “Don” as everyone knew him passed away on July 6, 2021, at home.  He was 90 years Old.


 Don was born in Tyrone, Pennsylvania to the late Melvin Marvin “Red” and Maude Waite Gillam on February 6, 1931.   In addition to his parents, Don was preceded by a daughter Susan Hanel in 1990, a sister: Beverly “Boots” Smith; and a stepbrother: Robert Gillam.


 Don served in the US Army as a Paratrooper and was a veteran of the Korean War.  He married Mildred Cathell, and together they raised three children.  He became a Master Electrician and worked with engineers at American Hoechst research facility in New Jersey. He conducted safety seminars around the country. Don was a lifelong Mason.  He was a dedicated Republican.  Most of all, he was devoted to his family, liked to fix things, and tinker with the irrigation system at his home in Georgetown, DE.  He was a marvelous “Mr. Fix-it.”


Don is survived by his bride and love of his life, Mildred sharing 68 years together.  Also surviving are his loving daughters:  Karen Gillam, of Lewes, DE, and Patricia Ragan, of Charlestown, MD.  He is survived by a brother: Ken Gillam, of Reedsville, PA, three grandchildren: Lauren Hanel; Nathan Hanel; and John Thomas Ragan as well as two great grandchildren, 2 nieces and 1 nephew.


Services will be private.


In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to The Home of the Brave, 6632 Sharps Road, Milford, DE  19963.


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