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Denny A. Gilson

Lewistown – Denny A. Gilson, 74, of Lewistown, passed away at 4:36 PM on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 following heart surgery at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He was born on April 19, 1945 in Canton, IL to Denver and Irene (Cross) Gilson. He married Jane (England) Anderson on December 6, 2019 in Petersburg, IL. She survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Tammy Cumpston of Canyon Lake, Texas and Misty (Jim) Martin of Farmington, IL; four grandchildren, Kayla Malmgren, Kristian Cumpston, Ben Martin, and Mason Martin; three great-grandson’s; one step-granddaughter; and one half-sister, Sharilyn Pilgrim of Monmouth, IL.

Denny was preceded in death by his parents, one son, John Gilson, and one step-son, Jay Anderson.

Denny retired from Keystone Steel and Wire on January 1, 2001 and after retirement he worked 18 years at Spoon River Blacktop. He enjoyed seeing all of his classmates from the class of 1963 from LCHS. Denny loved his friends, which were many, and he loved his farm, walnut trees, and sitting in his bottom ground watching deer.

Celebration of life will be held from 2-4 PM on Sunday, February 23, 2020 at the Lewistown VFW Post 5001. Cremation rites will be accorded with Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL. Memorials can be made to Huntington’s Disease Society of America for his children. To make online condolences you may go to



  • Alvin & Lorenda Spilker

    Reply February 12, 2020 4:40 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to Denny’s family. He was a great person. Always smiling and waving. He shall be missed many. God Bless everyone. Alvin and Lorenda Spilker.

  • Ron and Pam Chesnut

    Reply February 12, 2020 5:40 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to Denny’s family. Thank you Denny for being such a wonderful friend that always had time, help, concern and love for us. You will forever be in our hearts and good memories, you were an amazing man.

  • Connie Henderson

    Reply February 12, 2020 8:58 pm

    Can’t no I don’t want to believe this when his picture popped up on Facebook my thought is what is Denny up to now .Shook me up big time Denny has been my friend like forever and I can’t believe he is gone . My heart goes out to Tammy, Misty and Janie and there are no words that can ease the pain. I pray God gives you peace and strength to get you all through these trying days ahead .Denny will be missed by many and I shall miss him waving and honking as he drives by so long my friend

  • Joyce Price

    Reply February 12, 2020 9:39 pm

    My condolences and prayers to Denny’s family and friends! Loved seeing him and Janie cheering on the Indians! He was truly a great guy!
    Joyce (Hall) Price

  • Terry & John Fanning

    Reply February 12, 2020 10:06 pm

    Our condolences to Janie and family. Denny always waved and/or spoke to you whenever we saw him. He was such a nice person. He will be missed.

  • Terri Vollmar

    Reply February 13, 2020 6:21 am

    Misty, So sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family. Terri & Bob Vollmar.

  • Sally Butler

    Reply February 13, 2020 11:00 am

    My sympathies for the family i am a friend to Tammy. This is hard and i am so sorry

  • Cindy Hall

    Reply February 13, 2020 1:22 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to Janie & family. We are truly saddened to hear of Denny’s passing. Denny was a special guy & will always be remembered by our Class of 1963. May he R.I.P. Til’ we meet again Denny…. Class of LCHS 1963

  • Jennifer McCombs & Lester Miller

    Reply February 13, 2020 1:44 pm

    To Janie & all the family – so sorry for your loss. He was a good neighbor and friend – always had a smile on his face and honked or waved when he went by. RIP Denny.

  • Gary Mason

    Reply February 13, 2020 4:10 pm

    So sorry to hear this my prayers going out to all the family

  • Ruth Lippert

    Reply February 13, 2020 8:30 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about your family’s loss my thoughts and prayers are with you all during this most difficult time. Denny was a great friend and neighbor all my life as I was growing up never went without conversing for long periods of times and asking about my family when ever I ran into him he will be sadly missed…

  • Vicki McGinnis

    Reply February 13, 2020 10:27 pm

    So very sorry for your loss! Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Chuck & Anne Widener

    Reply February 14, 2020 12:03 pm

    So sorry to hear of Denny’s passing. Good friend, and a nice guy. Won’t ever forget him.

  • sherry crum

    Reply February 14, 2020 2:21 pm

    So sorry to hear that Denny passed. We enjoyed talking to him every time we ran into him. He was a wonderful man. Prayers for the family

  • Teresa Prosser

    Reply February 15, 2020 12:31 pm

    So very sorry to hear of your loss. Our deepest sympathy to you and the family. Our prayers to you for some comfort at this very difficult time.
    Tom and Teresa Prosser

  • Judy Savill Jarvis

    Reply February 16, 2020 10:28 am

    I am a cousin to Denny and am sorry to hear of his passing. I extend my deepest sympathy to his family.

  • Brenda Reneau

    Reply February 18, 2020 2:29 pm

    So Sorry for your loss. Prayers to Tammy, Misty and Families.

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