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Gregory Lynn Gilliland

May 27, 1951 — November 24, 2022

Gregory Lynn Gilliland

Gregory (Greg) was born in Pasco, Washington, living the first few years of
his life in Kennewick Washington, before moving to Coeur D’Alene Idaho
with his family in 1953. Greg was born an identical twin and was proud of
the fact that he was the oldest of the pair by 12 minutes. He and his twin
brother, Joseph Lynn, were nearly inseparable most of their lives. Greg is
survived by his older brother Gary, an older sister Kathleen Olson, and a
younger sister Rebecca Bridges.
In the early years of their life Greg and Joe looked so much alike that only
the immediate family could tell them apart. They had fun in school
switching classes and dating each other’s girl friends creating some
interesting situations. After his school years, Greg joined the Army as a
helicopter gunner and crew chief. He served a tour in Vietnam. During the
conflict his helicopter was shot down by the vietcong. He escaped injury
and capture. After he was discharged, he returned to Coeur D’Alene where
he worked with his brother Joe in housing construction. Greg was initially
involved in framing, but later became a talented drywall specialist. His
much sought after skills led to his drywalling countless homes and
commercial buildings all over the North Idaho and the Spokane areas.
Later he developed his skills in body-and-fender work and in painting cars.
Late in life he used these skills working with his brother Joe in renovating
and customizing cars and trucks.
Greg lived life to the fullest. He loved fast cars and fast fast dirt bikes. He
was an avid pocket billiards player, winning numerous tournaments. He
loved to fish, and found many great fishing holes along the Spokane River.
He also enjoyed golfing. He wasn’t a great golfer but he had fun leading to
many humorous stories of his golfing exploits.
Those who knew Greg were amazed at his quick wit that always seemed
to cut to the core of any discussion. His directness at times led to some
conflict, but it more often than not helped to solve difficult situations. He
will be missed by his many friends and his family members.

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