William Marshall Gish

June 10, 1926 - March 12, 2019
William Marshall Gish

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William Marshall Gish, age 92, of Flat Rock, NC and formerly of Mendota, IL died after a brief illness early Tuesday morning, March 12, 2019.

Mr. Gish was born on Thursday, June 10, 1926 to the late William Lloyd and Rose Mary (Zaloudek) Gish. On August 3, 1947 in Mendota he married his wife of 32 years, the former Mary Kathryn Worsley who died January 21, 1980.

Mr. Gish proudly served his country during WWII as a bombardier in the United States Navy before being honorably discharged in June, 1946. Following his tour of duty he came home to run the family business, by the name of Gish Jewelry in Mendota before retiring in 1991. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory his daughter, Linda “Deama” Gaddy and her husband, David of Lake Toxaway, NC; 2 grandsons, Jason Boyle and his wife Shannon of Sapphire, NC and Brandon Boyle and his wife Kaileigh of Hendersonville, NC and 3 great-granddaughters, Paityn, Brylin and Raelyn; step-daughter, Judith Parks of LaSalle, IL. In addition to his parents and his first wife, he is preceded in death by his infant daughter, Beth Ann Gish who died May 7, 1956 and his second wife, Bonita Fawcett.

Funeral services will be 11 o’clock Friday morning, March 29, 2019 at the First Presbyterian Church, 1003 5th Street, Mendota, IL with Rev. Susan Presley officiating. The family will receive guests in the church from 9:00 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Restland Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be offered on behalf of Mr. Gish to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the donor’s choice.

Bill will be forever remembered for his unwavering sense of humor by his loving family and many friends.

Arrangements for Mr. Gish are in the care of Shuler Funeral Home, 125 Orr’s Camp Road, Hendersonville, NC. (828) 693.5220. Online condolences may be shared at shulerfuneralhome.com.


Friday, March 29, 2019
11:00 AM

First Presbyterian Church of Mendota - Directions
1003 5th Street
Mendota, IL 61342

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  • March 26, 2019
    Patrisia Magallon says:
    We would like to express our sincere condolences to you and your family. With deep sympathy, we share your sorrow, after the tears have dried and the goodbyes have been said, all we have to hold onto are the happy memories that we’ve shared with our loved ones who have passed, this is what keeps them alive in our hearts and in our minds, and they will continue to live on, through us. May God give you the strength to endure the pain you are going through and may he embrace you and comfort your family during this difficult time."Jesus said to her: 'I am the resurrection and the life. The one who exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life.'"-John 11:25

  • March 27, 2019
    John Zaloudek says:
    Anytime I think of Bill, it is always his big, warm, welcoming smile. My wife and I were able to visit with him in April 2017 while on a trip and that big smile was still on display despite the impact of an earlier stroke. Linda, we will not be able to attend the March 29 services in person but will be there in spirit. In the meantime we will keep in touch. John and Marylou Zaloudek