Gerald D. Sill, 82, of 3533 Wysteria Lane, formerly of Lima, died Sunday (June 1, 2014) in Blessing Hospital.
He was born June 30, 1931, in Loraine, a son of Edward and Georgia Dittmer Sill. He married Donna Vinson on June 17, 1951. She survives.
Mr. Sill was the owner and operator of Vinson and Sill Inc. He also owned Sill Motors in Keokuk, Iowa.
Mr. Sill had served in the Army
He was a member of The Crossing Church in Lima and was formerly a longtime member of the Federated Church of Lima.
Gerald and Donna were avid square dancers for many years and developed many lifelong friendships that would last throughout the years. Gerald had a passion for the American automobile. He loved "original" antique vehicles and turned his love of the automobile into a business venture when he bought Sill Motors in Keokuk. He truly enjoyed that business and sold and serviced many customers in the Tri-state area. Gerald and Donna enjoyed numerous travels throughout the years and had traveled all 50 states as well as enjoying numerous cruises. He especially enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and loved watching them play various sports.
In addition to his wife, Donna, Gerald is also survived by two children, Mark Sill and his wife, Diane, of Quincy and Jodell Speckhart and her husband, Mark, of Taylor, Mo.; six grandchildren, Danielle Fleer and her husband, Jason, Vinson Sill and his wife, Amber, Isaac Speckhart and his wife, Becky, Ben Speckhart, Natalie Zimmerman and her husband, Luke, and Anna Martin and her husband, Seth; a grandson-in-law, Timothy Wilson; 12 great-grandchildren, Jacob Fleer, Emma Fleer, Annabelle Sill, Adeline Sill, Oliver Sill, Hunter Wilson, Evan Wilson, Annette Wilson, Abel Zimmerman, Cameron Martin, Eva Martin and Eden Martin; four brothers, Paul Sill, Harold Sill and his wife, Georgia, Jack Sill and his wife, Carolyn, and Doug Sill and his wife, Donna; and two sisters, Eula Rae Hoffman and her husband, Richard, and Beulah Muegge and her husband, Ray. Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives also survive.
Gerald was preceded in death by his parents; and a granddaughter, Miranda Wilson.
SERVICES: 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 4, in The Crossing Church, Lima. Interment will be in New Providence Cemetery near Ursa.
VISITATION: 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Duker and Haugh Funeral Home.
MEMORIALS: Blessing Foundation for Hospice or charity of donor's choice.
ARRANGEMENTS: Duker and Haugh Funeral Home.