Donald G. Gill, almost 90, walked that last mile into Paradise lovingly surrounded by his nine children, 33 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren on June 21, 2019. He is survived by nine children: Cindy Doering(Mike) Garden City; Lisa Pool; Julia Kippes; Doug Gill; Mary Smith; Kathy Dull; Nina Leek; David Gill; Dan Gill.
Don was born June 25, 1929 in Topeka, KS growing up there. He began work in Kansas City before being drafted into the Korean War where he served as an Army medic. On furlough during the Korean War, Don married Peggy Hale. After his service, Peggy and Don started their family which has blossomed, bloomed and exploded continuing to grow into the legacy of their love of life. Don and Peggy raised their family in Kansas City living in their iconic white house that housed their nine children and countless grandchildren on family visits.
Together, Don and Peggy built a lake house in the Lake of the Ozarks that served as the summer basecamp for their ever-expanding family up until his last few years. It was here where his grandchildren learned the value of rising early to view the sunrise, see Grandpa reading his Bible and share the treat of powdered donuts. His grandchildren also learned how to sleep army style in close quarters with cousins sprawled all over each other!
After almost 40 years with the Department of Agriculture, Don and Peggy retired to the Lake of the Ozarks and became a “winterbird” in Alamo, Texas during the winter months. Don was married to Peggy for over 60 years before his beloved wife succumbed to an aneurysm in 2012 after two long hard-fought battles against cancer.
Don later met and married Esther Scott in Alamo, Texas. The two lived among friends in Alamo and family in Kansas City while traveling to include their highlight-an Alaskan cruise. Esther became a loving caretaker to Don up until the end as Don struggled with his health and was endeared by Don’s family.
Don was admired and loved both as a father and grandfather. His character, honor, work ethic and faith served as an example for his family to emulate and strive for. Don was a fighter and tough old dog whose absence is already greatly missed by his family.
Funeral was June 25 at St. Joe Parish in Shawnee, KS. Memorials may be made to Catholic Community Hospice, 9740 W 87th St. Overland Park, KS 66212.