The Commercial-News, Danville, IL


June 12, 2010

Dean Gill

PITTSFIELD — Dean Gill, 71, of Pittsfield, passed away Thursday, June 10, 2010, at the Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

Born as Claude Dean Gill on June 1, 1939, in Cayuga, Ind., he was a son of Plummer William and Bertha Ella Bragg Gill. He married Shirley M. Michael on Sept. 26, 1970, in Indianapolis.

Dean served in the United States Air Force for 26 years, serving in the Vietnam Conflict, Guam, Okinawa, Germany and Korea, and was serving at the Scott Air Force Base in Belleville, Ill., at the time of his retirement. He was a Senior Master Sergeant and Air Cargo Specialist during his military service and was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans and the Pittsfield American Legion Post #152. Dean enjoyed fishing, card game “500,” mushrooming, gardening and dearly loved his grandchildren.

His wife, Shirley; daughters, Mrs. Dave (Tammi) Koltveit of Pittsfield and Mrs. Charlie (Debbie) Threlkeld of Mandeville, La. survive him along with four grandchildren, Chas Threlkeld of Bloomington, Ind., Diane Threlkeld of Evansville, Ind., Ben McQuade of Edwardsville, Ill. and Cory Koltveit of Pittsfield.

Dean is also survived by: sisters, Mrs. Howard (Carolyn Sue) Anderson of Catlin, Charlene Crawford of Santa Anna, Calif., Mrs. Charles (Christine) Hughes of Vista, Calif., and Connie Gill of Danville; along with two daughters by a previous marriage, Deana and Beth; and several nieces and nephews. “He will be always loved and greatly missed by his family.”

His beloved grandson, Daniel McQuade; brother, Chester L. Gill; his parents; and stepmother, Libby Gill, preceded him in death.

Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 13, 2010, at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield with Michael TenEyck officiating. The Pittsfield American Legion Post 152 will conduct military honors. A dinner will be held for family and friends at the First Christian Church Crossroads Center after the service. Visitation will be held Saturday, June 12, 2010 from 4-7 p.m. at the Niebur Funeral Home.

Memorials are suggested to the Daniel McQuade Scholarship Fund, c/o Niebur Funeral Home, 530 W. Adams, Pittsfield, IL 62363.

Condolences may be sent to the family at info@ Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield is handling the arrangements.

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