Willard E. Gaines

Willard E. Gaines, 94 of Fairview Heights, IL, born February 24, 1914 in Norris City, Illinois, died Friday May 9, 2008 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL

Mr. Gaines was a retired Insurance Salesman for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. He was a member of Cornerstone Christian Church in Shiloh, Emeth Lodge #1030 AF&AM, Scottish Rite Bodies, Ainad Shrine (Legion of Honor) and IL-MO Shasta Trailer Club. He also was a US Army WWII veteran, receiving a purple heart from the Battle of the Bulge.

Preceded in death by his Wife - Marcella nee Lamb Gaines
Parents - Cyrus & Gertrude nee Talley Gaines
Brother - Virgil Gaines

Survived by his Wife - Pauline nee Wells Gaines of Fairview Heights, IL
Daughters - Janet Gaines of O'Fallon, IL
Betty (Graham) Charlton of St. Augustine, FL
Grandchildren - Lisa Gaines of O'Fallon, IL
Christina Gaines of O'Fallon, IL
Tiffany Pollard
Lisa Hauff Chris Hauff
Step-Children - Kathy Ann (Bill) Peebles-Vandervoort of Hudson, IL
Nancy S. (Larry) Peebles-Lacy of Mount Juliet, TN
Donald Emerson Peebles-Henderson of Nevada
James William (Denise) Peebles-Henderson of Nevada
9 Step Grandchildren
Numerous Nieces and Nephews

Memorials: Memorials may be made to American Heart Association or Shriners Hospital for Children.

Visitation: Friends may call from 4-8pm Sunday, May 11, 2008 at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 1:30pm Monday, May 12, 2008 at Kurrus Funeral Home Chapel with Rick Hodshire and Bill Vandervoort officiating. Burial will be at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville, IL.