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Harold "Mose" Gilles

September 25, 1924 July 1, 2019
Harold "Mose" Gilles
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Obituary for Harold "Mose" Gilles

Harold W. “Mose” Gilles, age 94, of Kickapoo, passed away at 11:55 AM, on Monday, July 1, 2019 surrounded by his family at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Center in Peoria.

He was born on September 25, 1924 to John P. and Nettie (Loescher) Gilles on the family farm in Kickapoo. Harold married Mary Elizabeth Kunski on August 6, 1977. She survives. Also surviving are his two daughters, Diane (Greg) Peterson of Dunlap and Janet (William) Callahan of Brimfield; two sisters, Mary Ambrosch of Peoria and Annie Kinney of Columbus, OH; five grandchildren, Doug Sefried of Peoria, Mark (Lindsey) Sefried of Morton, Tim (Renae) Callahan of Mossville, Jenny (Jeff) Admire of Chillicothe and Sean (Kate) Callahan of Iowa City, IA; eight great-granddaughters; one great-grandson, as well as one on the way; numerous nieces and nephews; and six stepchildren, Kathy (Gary) Blackburn, Peggy (Tony) Estrada, Julie (Andy) Sager, John (Julie) Kunski, Cindy (Omar) Gomez and Jo (Ed) Croteau.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, one sister, and one infant sister.

He was a self-employed farmer all his life. After retiring from farming, he stayed very much engaged in the daily operations of his farm.

He graduated from Spalding Institute in 1942. Harold served as a trustee on the Rosefield Township Committee for 32 years. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Kickapoo. He was a past member of St. Mary’s Men’s Club and the Kickapoo Sportsman Club. Harold was a life-long member of the Peoria Farm Bureau.

Harold’s hobbies included hunting, fishing, camping, gardening, playing cards and baseball. In Harold’s younger years, he was an outstanding baseball player on the Kickapoo Baseball League, where he played shortstop. His love for baseball continued throughout the years. He was an avid Chicago Cubs baseball fan as well. Harold loved playing cards and was quite the “card shark” to those who knew him. Card games were a common event in his home.

Harold’s pride and joy was his family and his farm. He was a very kind, hardworking, and loving man who will be missed deeply by family and friends.

A Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 AM on Friday, July 5, 2019 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Kickapoo. A visitation will be held prior from 9:30 – 11:00 AM also at the church. Fr. Joseph Dondanville will officiate and burial will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home or St. Mary’s School of Kickapoo.

Friends may sign the online guestbook or send condolences to www.wrightandsalmon.com

Previous Events

Visitation

Friday

5

Jul

9:30 AM 7/5/2019 9:30:00 AM - 11:00 AM 7/5/2019 11:00:00 AM
St. Mary Kickapoo

9910 West Knox Street
Edwards, IL 61528

St. Mary Kickapoo
9910 West Knox Street Edwards 61528 IL
United States

Funeral Mass

Friday

5

Jul

11:00 AM 7/5/2019 11:00:00 AM
St. Mary Kickapoo

9910 West Knox Street
Edwards, IL 61528

St. Mary Kickapoo
9910 West Knox Street Edwards 61528 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

St. Patrick's Cemetery -Brimfield Final Resting Place

N Voorhees Rd
Brimfield , IL 61517

N Voorhees Rd Brimfield 61517 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home

St. Mary School of Kickapoo

9910 W. Knox Street
Kickapoo, IL 61528
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