In loving memory of

Leo Gille
August 8, 1958 - February 14, 2021

Leo Steven Gille, age 62, of Quincy, died Sunday, February 14, 2021, at the University of Iowa Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa.

Leo was born August 8, 1958 in Quincy, Illinois, the son of Lawrence and Mary Belle Woodson Gille. He married Judy Brawner on June 23, 1976 in Quincy, IL. She survives.

Leo was a Quincy High School graduate and worked as a machinist at Colt Industries and E.L. Smith and Sons. He operated his own lawn care service, Leo's Lawn Care, and in 1991 he and his wife Judy opened Peoples Choice Thrift Shop. Leo was always very handy and while working at their thrift shop he started fixing appliances. From a young age, Leo believed that if you were willing to put in the hard work there were always opportunities to make money.

He was a man with many interests which included fishing, boating, and casino trips. He just loved people! He would strike up conversations with anyone and was known for stopping to help those who were stuck on the side of the road. Leo enjoyed his travels with Judy and entertaining at home which included their Annual 4th of July party where they opened their home to family and friends. He was overjoyed with the birth of his granddaughter Gwyneth and looked forward to time with her. Since the pandemic, in his need to care for others, Leo started filling the food boxes around town and donating to the food pantries.

Survivors in addition to his wife, Judy include his daughter, Carrie (Nate) Nickell and his son, Danny Gille, both of Quincy; his granddaughter, Gwyneth Nickell of Quincy; a sister, Judy (Tom) Emery and brother, Jimmie (Cheryl) Gille, both of Quincy, and a brother, Allen (Glenda) Gille, of Brich Tree, MO; three sisters-in-law, Carolyn Johnson, Connie (Paul) Howard, and Bonnie (Tony) Cunningham; 21 nieces and nephews, and numerous great nieces and nephews.

Leo was preceded in death by his parents, his infant son, Steven Gille, and a brother, Edward Gille,

Graveside Services: 3:00 pm Monday, February 22, 2021 at Greenmount Cemetery, with Andy Caley officiating.

Visitation: Monday, February 22, 2021 from 12:00 - 2:45 pm at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home. Please wear a mask if you plan to attend the visitation.

Memorials: Quincy K-9 Connection. Memorial Donations may be made online at

Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.


Bill and Pansy Shoemate wrote on Feb 21, 2021:

"Carrie, so sorry for you and your family loss. You are in are thoughts and prayers. Pansy and Bill Shoemate"

Donna Marshall wrote on Feb 21, 2021:

"I?m so sorry for your loss Judy. My prayers for you and your family. He will be missed Donna Marshall and family "

Shannon Kramer and daughter Blake wrote on Feb 19, 2021:

"I'm in such shock.. judy and the children, my thoughts are with you. I've known you for so many years.. so many conversations and memories. I'm so sorry . Peace be with you.. "

Tom & Janet Scobee wrote on Feb 19, 2021:

"Tom & I are so sorry to read of Leo's passing. We are still down south and will not be able to attend services , but you & family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Love & God Bless"

Jill Trenter wrote on Feb 18, 2021:

"Jeff and I were so sorry to hear about Leo's passing. He will be sorely missed. We always enjoyed talking with him and catching up on what he had been doing. The family is in our thoughts and prayers."

Larry & Pat( Slothouber) Veile wrote on Feb 17, 2021:

"Saddened to read of Leo's passing, what a loss to the Quincy community and most of all his family and friends. Sending warm thoughts and prayers to all of you."