PEKIN ~ John Barton Gill, 82 of Pekin, passed away at 8:22 a.m. Sunday, January 20, 2013 at Pekin Hospital.
Born December 17, 1930 in Peoria to John and Mary (Barton) Gill, he married JoAnn Shirley on September 15, 1952 in Peoria. She survives.
Also surviving are one son, John Gill of Pekin; one daughter, Diane (Marty) Zaayenga of Pekin; four grandchildren, Jennifer (Dan) Hall of Pekin, Christofer (Tara) Zaayenga of Green Valley, Amber (Tim) Irby of Pekin, Jacob (Stephanie Ellul) Gill of Pekin; five great-grandchildren, Tyler and Tifani Hall, Cael Zaayenga, Hailee and Landon Irby and two sisters, Mary (Walt) White of Peoria and Jane Huber of Washington.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.
John had served in the United States Navy during the Korean War era.
A man who was known to be able to fix almost anything, John had a passion for tinkering in the garage and working on cars. John was a well versed man that enjoyed having conversations with friends and family. He also loved gardening, flowers, traveling and building models.
He was a member of Second Reformed Church in Pekin.
His funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 24, 2013 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Pastor Jay Sowers will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral home. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.
Memorial contributions may be made to Second Reformed Church, 600 State St., Pekin, IL 61554.
To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com
PEKIN ~ John B. Gill, 82, of Pekin, passed away at 8:22 a.m. Sunday, January 20, 2013 at Pekin Hospital.
Arrangements are pending at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.