Obituaries: Jerry Gill

Jerry Lee Gill, 71, of Eldon, IA passed away Friday, January 20, 2017 at his home, surrounded by his family, after a brief battle with cancer.  Visitation will be held Saturday, January 28, 2017 beginning at noon with the family present to greet friends from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Cranston Family Funeral Home in Eldon.  A brief Celebration of Life Service will be held at 3:00 p.m. immediately following the visitation.  As were Jerry’s wishes his body will be cremated following the service with burial to be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Jerry’s honor may be directed to the family to help with final expenses.   Friends may sign the online guestbook at

Jerry Lee Gill was born July 27, 1945 in Mt. Pleasant, IA to Kenneth H. and Wanda May “Sammons” Gill.  He attended school in Keosauqua, IA.  On December 3, 1983 he was united in marriage to Linda Kay Klett in Fairfield, IA.  This was the first chapter in a story that lasted over 33 years.  Together they became the loving parents to one daughter, Ashley.  In his early years Jerry liked to play in cribbage tournaments, dart leagues, and dice.   Jerry was an outgoing, fun-loving man who enjoyed making everyone laugh.  He was always cracking a joke, pulling a prank, or coming up with a truly unique and witty comment.  Jerry was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed mushroom hunting, camping, and gardening, but fishing was his all-time favorite.  Over the many years, he had hundreds of big catches, but as every fisherman knows, there’s always the one that got away.  His love for the outdoors and animals often led to an exotic pet or two at the house.   Jerry spent many years running his own bait shops in Fairfield, Batavia, and Eldon known as Gill’s Bait and Tackle.  He was very well known for his homemade beef jerky, that many still say is the best beef jerky they have ever had!  Later in life, Jerry continued to spend as much time as he could enjoying family.  Whether working on the backyard fish pond, tending the flower gardens, tinkering in the garage, or just sitting under the gazebo around the fire pit, Jerry appreciated what he was given.  Often many of these activities included his grandchildren which made that time even more special.  Jerry will be remembered for his big heart, his sense of humor, and his unconditional love for his family.  He will be deeply missed.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Randy J. Gill and a stepson, Stephen C. Hackett.

Left to share his story is his loving wife, Linda of Eldon, IA; one daughter, Ashley Gill of Eldon, IA; four grandchildren, Lacie Gordy, Marley Gordy, Jalie Woodard, and Avlie Woodard, all of Eldon, IA;  three brothers, Ken Gill (wife Ricky) of Leeton, MO, Richard Gill (wife Candi) of Mt. Pleasant, IA, and Jim Gill of Warrensburg, MO; one sister, Tanja Houk (husband John) of Clinton, MO, as well as many extended family and friends.