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John Gill Jr.


1915 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences Gallery
John Gill Jr. Obituary
John Gill Jr., age 98, a World War II veteran, died Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. Service: Mass of Christian Burial at 2 p.m. Friday at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in North Richland Hills. Interment: Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park in Colleyville. The family will receive friends 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Lucas Funeral Home of Hurst. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, you can make a donation to one of John's favorite charities: Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County, St. John the Apostle Catholic Church or St. John the Apostle Catholic School. Born May 11, 1915, in Ludlow, Pa., he was the son of John Gill Sr. and Mary Radzik Gill. He married Josephine "Jo" Omasta on July 22, 1939, in Michigan. He managed stores in the grocery business for 10 years and retired from Dayton Hudson after 25 years of service selling men's clothing. After his retirement, he and his wife moved to Texas to be closer to their sons, and they continued to enjoy their summers at their cabin in White Cloud, Mich. Shortly after celebrating their 51st anniversary, he lost his "little Jo" to cancer. He then became active in the Knights of Columbus working on many special events including garage sales, the annual carnival and fish fries. He also assisted with the church's Clothes Closet and Food Pantry. He organized a satellite distribution center for Meals on Wheels at St. John's. He also served on the North East Tarrant County Advisory Council. For his contributions to the community, he was awarded the Outstanding Older American Award in 2007. After working with Meals on Wheels for over 18 years, he was nominated and won the 2010 American Volunteer of the year for Meals on Wheels. He loved volunteering and helping others. He was known as "High-5 John" especially with all of the children at St. John the Apostle Catholic School. He also loved spending time with his family and enjoying his hobby, horticulture. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brother, Sam; sister, Ann; daughter-in-law, Helen; and granddaughter, Dianna. Survivors: Sister, Ollie; son, Jim; son, Jerry and wife, Monica; grandchildren, Mike, Debbie and husband, Mike, and Megan and husband, Denis; great-grandchildren, Dacia and fiance Mike, Amy and fiance, Paul, Amanda and husband, Agustin, Rachelle, Amber and husband, Adrian, and Michael; and great-great-grandchildren, Aguie, Gabriel, Isabel, Kaleb, Alisander, Julia and Arden.
Published in Star-Telegram from Sept. 19 to Sept. 22, 2013
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