Family Login:


Share This Obituary
Resources

Send Flowers
 Send Flowers


Memories & Candles

“"Shorty" was the closest one I had as bother we grew up together and were friends . As our families grew we were unable to spend much time together,...Read More »
1 of 4 | Posted by: Ethel Holt-Stout - Sun City, AZ

“I can't make the funeral, but I cherish all the memories he has given me. shorty and joyce opened their home to my family to help make the move to...Read More »
2 of 4 | Posted by: carol gillette - spring hill, FL

“Shorty was a very good friend of my dads Vernon Learman. . ”
3 of 4 | Posted by: darla

“The loss of a loved one is painful and it is often hard trying to express to others how you really feel. Those who love you understand and will stand...Read More »
4 of 4 | Posted by: Christine


Harlan “Shorty” J. Gillette, age 83, passed away on Sunday, December 31, 2017. He was born in Aurora, IL, on February 19, 1934 to the late Cora Gillette. Harlan attended Aurora East High School until he enlisted in the US Army to serve his country in Korea. He did return home during service and married Joyce Fletcher. After his honorable discharge, Harlan and Joyce eventually moved their family to the Fox Valley in 1967. He began his career at Thilmany Paper and Pulp in 1970 and worked there for over 25 years. Later he worked at Rogan’s Shoes and Walmart. He and Joyce both enjoyed spending winters together in Florida. Harlan enjoyed playing bingo, slots, cards, fishing and bow hunting. He was a member at St. Edward Catholic Church for many years and more recently attended St. Pius X Catholic Church. Harlan is survived by his children: Michael (Karen) O’Connor, Kathy Pierce, Harlan Jr., Sherry (Tom) Ely, Tamara (Tom) Boucher and Richard (Leigh) Gillette; siblings: Ruth Ann (Anita) Gillette, Cora Lee Marrello, Charles Gillette and Bruce Gillette. He is also survived by 19 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Carol Gillette. He is further survived by numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Gillette; daughter, Karen Smith; father, Otto Aigner; brother, James Gillette; two grandchildren and a special friend, Rose and a sister-in-law, Darlene Gillette. The memorial service for Harlan will be held at 11:30AM on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at ST. PIUS X. CATHOLIC CHURCH (500 W. Marquette St., Appleton). Visitation will be held from 10:30AM until the time of service.