Shelby Dean “Butch” Gillett, 60, died April 5, 2014, after a lengthy battle with cancer.
He was born Nov. 1, 1953, to Harold and Bonnie (Andrews) Gillett in Barnsdall. Butch attended school in Barnsdall and graduated with the class of 1971.
Butch is survived by his mother and stepfather, Bonnie and Sam Loggins of Barnsdall; his brother, Terry Gillett of rural Pawhuska, who devoted the last two and a half years caring for Butch during his illness; his children, Shelby Dean and wife, Stephanie, of Bartlesville, Shawna and husband, Stephen Moore, of Moore, Brad and wife, Mistie, of Tulsa, Candace “Missy” and Chris Pirtle of Dallas, Texas, Dusty and wife, Kindra, of Kellyville, Amanda “Boo” Gillett of Sapulpa, and Shelby Lynn Gillett of Broken Arrow; stepchildren, Bruce and wife, Dana Cass, of Pawhuska, and Danielle Cass of Pawhuska. He was also blessed with 14 grandchildren and nine step-grandchildren.
Butch was preceded in death by his wife, Terri (Cass) Gillett; his father, Harold Gillett; and grandparents, Morris and Mildred Andrews and Ernest and Mae Gillett.
Butch served in the Pawhuska Police Department for one and a half years and the Osage County Sheriff’s Department for 10 years. An avid outdoorsman and gun and knife collector, in 2001 Butch landed his dream job working as a hunting and fishing guide with the United States Outfitters in Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico, Nevada and Arizona. Besides winning top honors for his guiding skills with his many clients, he was also very proud of all of his own trophy mounts displayed in his home.
Funeral services for Butch Gillett will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 10, at the First Baptist Church of Barnsdall on Birch Lake Road with the Rev. Larry Kelley officiating. Larry had been a close friend for years. Butch recently gave his heart to the Lord and was grateful to Larry for faithfully ministering and praying with him throughout his illness. Interment will follow on private land near Okesa, where Butch will be buried next to his wife.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to help with burial expenses to the Butch Gillett Memorial Fund, American Heritage Bank, P.O. Box 529, (400 West Main St.) Barnsdall, OK 74002, 918-847-2551.
Funeral arrangements will be handled by McCartney’s Johnson Funeral Home, 223 E. 6th St, Pawhuska, OK 74056, 918-287-2297.