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John E. Gilles

March 8, 1917 October 19, 2011
John E. Gilles
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BRIMFIELD- John E. Gilles, 94, died at 7:32 AM on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011 at his home in Brimfield. He was born March 8, 1917 at Kickapoo to John P. and Antoinette “Nettie” Loescher Gilles. He married Geraldine Schneblin on Feb. 19, 1949 at St. Mark Catholic Church in Peoria. She survives. Other survivors are two daughters, Mary Ellen (Kevin) Sronce of Springfield, IL and Jo Ann Boles of Peoria Hgts.; one son, Michael (Lisa) Gilles of Kickapoo; eight grandchildren; a brother, Harold “Mose” (Liz) Gilles of Kickapoo; and three sisters, Veronica Nader of Peoria Hgts., Mary (John) Ambrosch of Peoria, and Ann Kinney of Bella Vista, AR. John was a lifelong farmer and worked at Pabst Brewery for 15 years retiring in 1981. He was an Army veteran of WW 2 serving in the Pacific and attaining the rank of sergeant. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Kickapoo. A Funeral Mass will be 10 AM, Monday, October 24, 2011 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Kickapoo. Visitation will be 3-5 PM, Sunday, at the St. Mary Parish Hall in Kickapoo and 30 minutes prior to the Mass at church on Monday. Rev. Joseph Dondanville will officiate. Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery in Kickapoo. Wright & Salmon Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association or St. Mary’s School of Kickapoo. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to


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