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Obituaries

June 3, 2014

Gill McWilliams Garman

Gill McWilliams Garman passed away peacefully Saturday, May 31, 2014, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, caring friend, and a true gentleman.

Gill was born May 18, 1943, in Urbana to Tom and Naomi (Lierman) Garman. They preceded him in death.

Raised in Urbana, Gill was a member of the Class of ‘61 of Urbana High School, and had many lifetime friends. He and his cohorts called themselves the “Good Buddies,” and he cherished those friendships his entire life.

He received his B.A in economics from the University of Illinois in 1965. While in a labor economics class, he met Rita Bell. They began a courtship, and fell in love. Gill and Rita began law school at the University of Iowa in the fall of 1965. On Aug. 26, 1967, they were married in Rita’s hometown of Oswego.

Upon graduation from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1968, Gill and Rita chose to begin their law careers in Danville.

He began his career at Sebat, Swanson, & Banks. At the time of his death, he was a partner in the firm of Kesler, Nelson, Garman, Brougher & Townsley. He was a proud lawyer who was committed to his clients and to the highest standards.

Gill and Rita were blessed with two children, Sara Ellen (John) Doyle of Champaign and Andrew Gill (Meredith) Garman of West Des Moines, Iowa. They cherish their three grandchildren — Kathleen (Kate) and Griffin Doyle and Samantha Garman. The grandchildren adored their “Pop,” and will miss him tremendously.

Gill was active in Danville Rotary, where he was a past president and a Paul Harris Fellow. He served on numerous boards and committees, including the Danville Public Library, Presence United Samaritans Foundation, and was a director of First Savings Bank. He was an active member of St. James United Methodist Church and the Danville Country Club. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.

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