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Harold Gillman
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Age 89. Born to Eternal Life on Sunday, January 28, 2018, at Clement Manor Retirement Community. Harold was born in Milwaukee on March 10, 1928, the second child of immigrant parents Henry and Anna (nee May) Gillman. He married Lorraine Anna Krueger on November 26, 1949. Together they shared 68 years of marriage.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Anna; his brother, Frank; sister, Lorraine; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Alvin and Rosella Krueger; brothers-in-law, Ralph and George; and sister-in-law, Henrietta.

He is survived by his children, Karen (Randolph) Videkovich, Harold (Maryagnes) Gillman, Frank (Sandra) Gillman, and Susan (Ralph) Berginz. Harold had ten grandchildren – Michael (Kim) of Ashville, OH, Andrew (Christina) of Cincinnati, OH, Kathlyn (Igor), Christine (Joshua), Paul (Rebecca) of Koloa, Hawaii, Steve (Ruby) of Portland, OR, Kelly (Timothy), Kimberly (Hunter) of Holman, WI, Barbara (Marc) of Gloucester, MA, Carolyn of Portsmouth, RI, and 19 great-grandchildren. Harold is further survived by many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Harold enlisted in the US Navy on June 16, 1945 and served in the Pacific theater during World War II. He was honorably discharged from the US Navy on January 29, 1947. Harold was summoned back into the service of his country for the Korean War from September 1950 to July 1952, again serving in the Pacific theater.

Harold used the opportunity of the GI Bill to attend the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) where he studied refrigeration. He was a lifelong reader and “tinkerer”.

Harold served the citizens of Milwaukee as a patrolman and detective with the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) for 33 years. Harold was assigned to District 1 (Downtown) and District 6 (Burnham Street). He was a streetwise officer who knew the nooks and crannies of the city. He walked a beat, patrolled in a squad car, worked in the jail, drove a police ambulance, and the “paddy wagon”. He befriended cabbies, bartenders, business owners, and neighborhood folks along the way.

He was a proud member of the Milwaukee Retired Police Association, Milwaukee Retiree Association, Cpl. Henry Schafer VFW Post 2923, Knights of Columbus, Elks, Catholic parishes in Florida and Wisconsin. He was a prolific blood donor and volunteer at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital (VA) in Tampa, Florida.

Visitation will be on Monday, March 12, 2018 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 12700 W. Howard Avenue, New Berlin, WI. 9:30 AM until time of Mass of Christian burial at 10:30AM. Interment with military honors will take place on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 10AM at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Union Grove, Wisconsin. In lieu of flowers, memorial to the veterans’ organization of your choice appreciated.

Many thanks to the staff at Clement Manor Retirement Community and VITAS Innovative Hospice Care for their compassionate and professional care.

“May the road rise up to meet you and the wind be always at your back and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.”

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9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church

12700 West Howard Avenue
New Berlin, Wisconsin 53151

Mass of Christian Burial




10:30 AM
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church

12700 West Howard Avenue
New Berlin, Wisconsin 53151

Cemetery Details


Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery

21731 Spring Street
Union Grove, WI 53182


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