Lynn H. Gill

Lynn H. Gill

Mr. Lynn H. Gill, age 93, of Rockford passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2009.

He was salutatorian of the 1935 class of Big Rapids High School. He and his brothers played semi-pro baseball, and he was initiated into the Mecosta County Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991.

For 41 years Lynn worked at Michigan Bell until his retirement in 1978 and was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.

Lynn had an engaging need to be resourceful with his time; he was a lay leader for Rockford United Methodist Church and served on the Rockford Public School Board from 1953 until 1972. In his leisure time he enjoyed the outdoors: fishing, gardening, feeding his birds, and sports. He also enjoyed puzzles, playing cribbage and euchre, and reading westerns. A very unassuming person, Lynn had great empathy for others. Many folks in the community along with his family agree that “if you want to talk to an honest man, find Lynn Gill; he will tell it like it is.” His wife and children believe that if there were more men like Lynn, the world would be in a much better place.

He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Zell; his daughters, Judy Kolasa, Becky (Stan) Hostetter, Kathy (Jerry) Shear, and Amey Dykema and her husband, Ned Henley; grandchildren, Todd (LeeAnn) Kolasa, Trevor (Michele) Kolasa, Andrea (Phil) Arrieta, Kristin (Jon) Wessell, David (Nicole) Shear, Morgan Henley, and Alex Henley; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Rich (Terese) Gill; sister-in-law, Mrs. Gerald L. (Tress) Gill; nieces, nephews, and many special neighbors and friends. Preceding him in death were his son-in-law, David Dykema, and brothers, Gerald, Bill, and Claude.

The service for Lynn will be Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at Pederson Funeral Home with Rev. Jan Rogacki officiating. Interment will be in Rockford Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Rockford Educational Foundation or Lupus Foundation.

Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.

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