Obituary: Jacob Gilbert "Gil" Myllymaki

April 16, 1927 - August 27, 2023
Jacob Gilbert "Gil" Myllymaki
April 16, 1927 - August 27, 2023
Posted at 2:20 PM, Aug 30, 2023
and last updated 2023-08-30 16:26:34-04

Jacob Gilbert “Gil” Myllymaki, a retired rancher and Navy Fireman 1st Class, of Belt, passed away on August 27, 2023, at the age of 96. Gil was born in Belt on April 16, 1927, to Jack and Hannah (Wargelin) Myllymaki. His family moved to Butte, where he grew up. Being a miner’s son in Butte during the height of the Great Depression gave him the strength, tenacity, work ethic, and morals that would carry him throughout life.

He worked on farms in the Belt and Stanford areas until he was of age to join the U.S. Navy. He was part of the Amphibious Forces attached to the 6th Marine Division stationed aboard LCI-691 in the South Pacific. After serving his country, he returned home, and continued to work on ranches, until he was able to get his own.

When Gil was 12, he was leading a horse down the road in Korpivaara, just outside of Belt, when he came upon a girl, about 10, who was bringing coffee out to the men working the fields. He didn’t know it at the time, but that girl, Dolores Koskela, would be the love of his life. They eventually married and started their own family in 1950. They took on the world together, side by side, ups and downs, until her passing in 2014. They raised five children, passing down the same kind hearts, integrity, and Finnish SISU that they had inherited from their own parents.

In their later years, they returned, to settle down and live out their days in Belt, where it all began. Gil filled his time with volunteer work for the local senior center, playing cribbage with his friends, and watching his great-grandchildren grow.

Gil is survived by his daughters, Jean (Paul) Charos, Gail (David) Green, and son Lee Myllymaki; ten grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. He is preceded in death by both parents; a brother; two sisters; his wife, Dolores; and two children Jack Myllymaki and Susan Young.

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