Lampasas: Longtime Business Owner Dies

By: Brittany Semadeni Email
By: Brittany Semadeni Email

LAMPASAS (October 24, 2012)--Longtime Lampasas business owner Choc Gillen passed away last week at the age of 95.

A funeral service was held Monday for the Lampasas High graduate and Army veteran.

Gillen’s business endeavors included operating Choc’s Place, a café near the hospital on Key Avenue and later taking over Gillen’s Gin and Produce before the flood of 1957 destroyed the business.

Gillen then founded Gillen’s Army Surplus, a store on N. Key Ave. that he operated with his wife Marie for more than 45 years.

Gillen was a member of the Lampasas Men’s Golf Association, the first VFW commander of the Lampasas VFW and a Kiwanis Club of Lampasas founder.

According to a family member, he served as First Presbyterian Church of Lampasas Sunday School superintendent, deacon and elder and was awarded perfect attendance in Sunday School for 21 consecutive years.

In recent memoirs to his family, Gillen wrote, “I have had a most interesting life and it has lasted a long time, thanks to God.”

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