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Bobby Gene Gill

December 7, 1934 ~ October 4, 2019 (age 84)

Bobby Gene Gill, 85, (husband, father, papa, grandfather, friend, advocate, and left guard – a got-your-back kind of guy) stepped over to Heaven October 4, 2019 at his home in Mount Vernon, Illinois.  The Lord’s good and faithful servant completed his race.  He was at peace with his daughters at his side and his wife close by.

Bob was a respected community member.  He held leadership positions in several local fraternal organizations – including president of Summersville School Board and elder at Grace Community Church.  Bob exhibited special compassion for disadvantaged children and children with special needs.  Bob’s greatest joy was gathering and being with his loved ones. 

He worked many years as an engineer for Dow Chemical Company – Flora, Illinois; after retiring from Dowell Bob served as a maintenance technician at Summersville Grade School – Mount Vernon, Illinois; and then owned/operated his own business, BG Electric – Mount Vernon, Illinois.  Bob married Rae Dean Weidner January 29, 1953 in Clay City, Illinois.

Bob was preceded in death by his mother Genevieve (Billingsley) Umbenhower, father Pete Gill, and stepfather, Louis Umbenhower.

Bob is survived by his wife of 66 years, Rae Dean (Weidner) Gill of Mount Vernon, Illinois and two daughters.  The first is Leslie (Gill) Allen and husband, Roger of Mount Vernon, Illinois, grandchild, Chad Allen and wife, Melinda, and great-grandchildren, Lexie and Luke – all of Mount Vernon, Illinois.  The second daughter is Jan (Gill) Price and husband Doug of Mount Vernon, Illinois, and grandson, Caleb Price and wife Presley of O’Fallon, Illinois.

Please join in celebrating the life of Bobby Gene Gill at Grace Community Church, Friday, October 11, 2019 – visitation at 2:00 P.M. and memorial service at 4:00 P.M.  Bob chose to be cremated.  Newell and Hughey Funeral Homes are in charge of funeral arrangements.  For more information you may ball Newell Funeral Home ( (618)246-0100), Hughey Funeral Home ( (618)242-3348), or Grace Community Church ( (618)242-2303. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to organizations ministering to disadvantaged children or children with special needs. 

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