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Larry Gill

veteranDec 28th, 1945 - Dec 29th, 2023

Funeral:  11 a.m. Thursday, January 4, 2024, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home

Visitation:  10 until 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home

Interment:  Elmwood Cemetery


     Larry D. Gill, age 78, of Flora, Illinois, passed away peacefully on Friday morning, December 29, 2023, at his home.

     He was born December 28, 1945, in Albion, son of the late Benjamin and Genevieve (Ankenbrandt) Gill.

     On August 2, 1975, Larry married the love of his life, Joyce Tolbert, in Flora.  They shared 32 wonderful years until Joyce's passing in 2007.  Larry tenderly treasured the memories, and often affectionately spoke about “my Joyce.”

     Larry, a proud U.S. Navy veteran, served from 1963 to 1966 and was stationed aboard the U.S.S. Bennington during deployment in the Vietnam War.  He became a familiar face to many throughout his career of over 30 years with GTE as a telephone lineman, and was dedicated to keeping essential services operational for countless people and businesses.

     Larry exemplified the qualities of a devoted family man and a steadfast friend.  As a real outdoorsman, he found joy in hunting and fishing.  He often had coffee with the guys and appreciated finding a good western to watch.  He maintained a membership in the Flora VFW.

     With an upbringing in the traditional Catholic faith, Larry kept a humble and personal connection to his beliefs throughout his life.  A bit of his wit and wisdom will remain in the good memories of family, friends, and those who simply crossed paths with Larry, but above all, it's the genuine kindness and appreciation he offered to others that will be especially remembered.

     Larry is survived by his daughter, Lisa Ackley and her husband Darryl of Socorro, New Mexico; grandson, Rafe Ackley, and granddaughter, Mackenna Ackley, both of Socorro, New Mexico; a sister, Helen Gill of Albion; two stepchildren, Kerry Edwards and Sabrina LaClair, both of Crystal River, Florida; and four nephews, John Walsh, and Tim, Mike, and Danny Gill.  Larry was preceded in passing by his parents; wife, Joyce Gill; 2 brothers, Jim and Ben Gill; and a sister, Mary Walsh.

     A funeral ceremony will be held beginning at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 4, 2024, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora.  Interment will follow in Elmwood Cemetery, Flora, with the presentation of military funeral honors.  Visitation will be from 10 until 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers or other gifts, memorial donations are suggested to the local Flora Disabled American Veterans (DAV), and these will be accepted through the funeral home.


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Dale and Sandi Castleberry

December 31st

To Larry's family. I'm so sorry for your loss. I worked for Larry and Joyce and we became friends over the years. I can't find the words to express my feelings at his passing, but I know he is with the love of his life, Joyce ,now. Rest in peace Larry you'll be missed.

Judy Lusk

December 31st

I am Sorry for his family for their loss. Larry was a good man and neighbor. I know he suffered a lot, but God has taken that away. He can now rest in peace and he will rejoin the love of his life in heaven. Fly High, Larry.

Nancy Dehart

December 31st

So very sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. One of the nicest people I ever had the privilege of knowing. He will certainly be missed.

Karen Sessions

December 31st

So sorry for your loss my dad and Larry worked together for several years at GTE became great friends and hunting and fishing buddies

Leeann Washburn Phillips

December 31st

I am so saddened to hear this ..Larry was a longtime friend to my dad Kenneth Washburn,I have many memories throughout my childhood and more of Larry . Many condolences to the family ❤️🙏

Shavonna Jenkins

January 1st

Larry was such a kind hearted, Caring sweet man.. He Always came into Dukes Drive In and would have Coffee with the guys... They would tell Us Girls Stories and always joked with Us.. He came to my house on several occasions to fix my phone Service.. We always talked about our families and how everyone was doing... He Always talked about how much his wife ment to him and how much he loved her. . You could see it in his Eyes every time he talked about her. She was his everything to him... I will Will Greatly miss Larry ... He was Always so kind to me and Always was Up for chatting...My Deepest Condolences to his Family .


January 1st

I had the pleasure of meeting Larry on my mail route, he was always very friendly , had a smile and a wave for me. He will be missed.

David Bryden

January 1st

Larry was a good friend, he went to work for GTE the same time I went to work for Halliburton services, he installed my first telephone in my bedroom by crawling in the attic and trying to fish the wall. With the OK of his supervisor and myself we ended up. Put in the phone jack in the middle of the wall. This was in 1968.

Don and Deb Williams

January 1st

We are so sorry to hear about Larry's passing Our thoughts and prayers for you all. He was a really great neighbor.

Jackie Richardson

January 2nd

Larry was such a good friend. He visited my store every time he came to Cisne. We talked about everything and he brought me desserts that he had made. Before he would leave we always hugged. I will miss our conversations and the hugs. Condolences to the family. He will truly be missed.

Lorie Liebrock

January 2nd

Lisa and Family, I am sorry for your loss. I know this has been an extremely difficult time and wish you all peace and joyful remembrance of Larry.

charles w maidlow

January 3rd

larry was a great friend of mine in high school. i will miss him and send my condolences to his family respectfully, charles maidlow

Kim Collins Ojeda

January 3rd

Oh Larry! I am so sorry to hear this news. You and my father worked so many years together at GTE in Flora. I remember the many times you stopped by to say hello and tease my sisters and I when it was quitting time. Your ornery smile was so contagious. I remember when you met and married Joyce. She made you so happy! I know you have her back in your arms tonight as you walk through eternity together with her. Rest in Peace my friend. Say hello to my dad.

Larry and Donna Milner

January 4th

Larry was always,a very nice man anytime you talked to him, he will be missed by many,. prayers for the family.

David Lewis

January 6th

Hello friends. I am so sorry to hear about our great friend, Larry. He was always so good and kind to me. He helped us with our phone service, so many times. He will be greatly missed and appreciated. With love and prayers, Dave Lewis



Dale and Sandi Castleberry
Bruce & Nannette Richards
David Bryden
Gary & Terry Lane
Ric and Becky Fopay
Judy Lusk
Bill and Joan Pearce
Mark Dunnigan
Casey &Debra Eastin
Linda Harrell Judd
Tara Race
Larry Frost
Micheal W. & Kristal G. Engelmeier
Dean & Debbie Pearce
Gary and Sherrie Kittle
Phil & Jane Henson
Bruce and Robbin Dickey
Ken and Tammy Haven
Chad Milner
Larry & Deanna Allison
Randy Wathan
Mike and Kathy Kitley
Mark &Karen Jones
Brad & Jana Mugrage
Mike & Connie Spitzner
Randy & Lisa Hargis
Leeann Washburn Phillips
Shavonna Jenkins
Myron and Gail Woomer
Jeff and Liz Strubhart
Donald Fry / Sheery Evilsizer
Angela Garrett
Bruce & Nannette Richards
Dave and Linda Thompson
Linda Harrell Judd
Kevin hudgins
Brenda Milone
Joe and Sue Martin
Wayne Eastin & Diane Johnson
Joanne Hillderbrand Rogers
Norman Philli[ps
June Payne
Mike and Sharon Gray
Alan & Charlotte Hickox
Don Williams
Marlene Smith
James and Mary West
Joe and Barb McGrew
Steve and Nancy Mink
Dusty and Patty Fatheree
Ashley, Johnny, and Jonah Walsh
Roger & Lisa Colman
Ruth and Kerry
Jon Clifton
Chelsea Farmer
David Lewis
Rafe Ackley


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