Brian Gaines, 59, of Granite City, Ill., born Feb. 26, 1957, in Granite City, Ill., passed away Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., with his living family by his side.
On April 28, 1990, Brian married Christine Wiesehan, the love of his life at St. John United Church of Christ, Granite City, Ill. Brian was a faithful member of St. John United Church of Christ in Granite City, Ill. He was very active in the church, Brian was a youth group leader, and he always prepared the green beans at the sausage suppers, earning him the nickname "the green bean guy". He worked at Granite City Steel as a steelworker with over 38 years of dedicated service. Brian was a proud member of United Steel Workers Local 67 and Local 1899 in Granite City, IL. He enjoyed fishing, fish frying, golfing, snow skiing and dog agility. He also played slow pitch softball on church leagues and park leagues. Brian was also a substitute teacher and had coached little league soccer, t-ball and baseball for many seasons. Brian loved life, he loved to laugh, but most of all he loved his family. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Dolores "Dody", nee Todd, Gaines; and his fathers-in-law, Edward Wiesehan and Owen Rollberg.
Brian is survived by his devoted wife, Christine Gaines of Granite City, Ill.; loving son, Nicholas (Jennifer Johnson) Gaines of Mount Vernon, Ill.; proud grandfather to Kelsi Gaines and Brianna Johnson; dear siblings, Ken (Nancy) Gaines of Glen Carbon, Ill., Barb (Dan) Tankersley of Granite City, Ill., David (Karen) Gaines of Glen Carbon, Ill., and Becky (Paul) Hitchcock of Collinsville, Ill.; mother-in-law, Margaret Rollberg of Granite City, Ill.; brother-in-law, Scott (Carrie) Wiesehan of Troy, Ill.; sister-in-law, Anita (Mike) Diuguid of Granite City, Ill.; many nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to St. John United Church of Christ, Partners for Pets or Granite City A.P.A. and will be accepted at the church. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.irwinchapel.com.
Visitation: Visitation was held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at St. John United Church of Christ, 2901 Nameoki Road, Granite City, Ill.
Funeral: In celebration of his life, funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at St. John United Church of Christ with Rev. Karla Frost and Rev. Ritch Alexander officiating. Interment will be in Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, Ill.
IRWIN CHAPEL, Granite City, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Mar. 14, 2016