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September 26, 1936 - October 23, 2019
Burial Date October 29, 2019
Cemetery Ottawa Hills Memorial Park
Kenneth Howard Gill, of Temperance, passed away Wednesday, October 23, at age 83 after a prolonged battle with cancer.
Born September 26, 1936, in Toledo to Michael Gill and Josephine Costello Gill Clemens, Ken was a U.S. Navy veteran who spent more than 30 years at E.I. DuPont as a Quality Control Supervisor.
Ken loved to be active no matter the season, and over the years he occupied his time by playing softball, golfing, fishing, and bowling. He played on two City Championship slow-pitch softball teams in the mid-60s, and played until age 56.
Gifted with an understated but razor-sharp sense of humor, Ken cracked jokes and made his loved ones laugh until the very end. His last days were filled with love from legions of family and friends, an unmistakable sign of a life well-lived.
He married Nancy Randolph on Valentine’s Day, 1955, and the couple was together for 64 years and had five children: Nick, Gary (Robbie Cordle), and Tony (Samantha Massengill) Gill, Teresa (Thomas) Marino, and Lisa (Jerry) Piotrowicz.
Ken was one of 13 brothers and sisters. He was preceded in death by Ralph, George, and Thomas Gill, Artena Stanley, Grace Laraby, and Cynthia Downes, and survived by Frank Joseph (Kathy) and Michael Gill, Patricia Viola, Shirley (Ray) Luntsford, Carol (David) Michael, Kathleen Gochenour, and Victoria (Ed) Fugate.
Ken had 13 grandchildren: Jodie (Rob) Legg, Jeremiah (Tawnie), Justin, Jordan (Nicole), Tyler, Britony, Kerigan, Tenley, and Molly Gill, Ashleigh and Angelo (Emily) Marino, Nicholas (Samantha) and Alexander Piotrowicz; 10 great grandchildren: Ivy Sharp, Jasmyne, Anthony, Aryanna, Lillie, Isabel, June, and Nina Gill, and Luca and Matteo Marino; great-great grandchild Mark Sharp; and more than 50 nieces and nephews,
Ken’s family will receive visitors from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday, October 28 at Pawlak Funeral Home, 1600 Smith Road, Temperance, Mich. The service will be held in the same location at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, October 29.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations made in Ken’s name to the American Cancer Society.