Gill, Robert R., Freeland, Michigan

Beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at Covenant HealthCare- Harrison Campus. Age 84 years. Son of the late Alden W. and Velma (Knierim) Gill, Robert was born December 21, 1926 in Toledo, Ohio. He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of American Legion Post #439. Robert married Rita L. Krys, his loving wife of 59 years, on October 20, 1951. She survives him. Robert was employed at Saginaw Steering Gear in Security for 30 years retiring in 1983. He was a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church, served as a Hospitality Host at the church and member of Knights of Columbus Council #4232. Robert enjoyed hunting, being with his family and especially his great-grandchildren. Surviving besides his wife Rita are one son, three daughters and their spouses, Michael and Pam Gill, Kristina Reis, Sally and Jack Burt, Karen and Dave Schneer all of Saginaw; eight grandchildren, Cathy Heinlein, David Heinlein, Joe Gill, Dana Gill, Stephanie (Juan) Guerra, Katie (Andrew) Hernandez, Lindsey Schneer and Shawn (Cindy) Schneer; eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Janet (Robert) Corbett; several nieces and nephews. Robert was preceded in death by his son in law, Jim Reis and his brother, Gene Gill. Funeral Liturgy will take place on Saturday, August 27, 2011 at 11:30 a.m. at St. John Vianney Catholic Church. Rev. Fr. James Carlson will officiate with Military Services Conducted by American Legion Post #439. Honoring Mr. Gill’s wishes cremation will follow with private entombment of cremains in St. Andrew Mausoleum. Friends may call at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Road, (between Shattuck and McCarty), where the family will be present on Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 and on Saturday at St. John Vianney Catholic Church from 10:30 a.m. until time of Mass. The Knights of Columbus Council #4232 will pray the Rosary at 3:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. John Vianney Catholic Church.