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Greg “Happy” Gilmore

Norris – Greg “Happy” Gilmore, 55, of Norris, passed away at 4:36 PM on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center surrounded by family. He was born on September 26, 1963 in Canton to Roy Leon “Gilly” Gilmore and Joan Marie Wade. He married his true companion and love of his life, Melinda “Mindy” (Deckard) Gilmore on February 17, 2018 on the beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, she survives.

 Also surviving is his father and his wife, Roy Leon “Gilly” (Deb) Gilmore; five children, Michael Gilmore of Canton, Kaylin (Cameron) Kibler of Newman, IL, Matt McDuffie of Bloomington, Casey (Brandon) Schraeder of Chillicothe, and Joseph “Joey” Clark of Canton; five grandchildren; two brothers, David (Rita) Gilmore of Macomb and Jim (Becky) Gilmore of Canton; three sisters, Nancy (Mitch) Gilmore of Canton, Tina (J.T.) Gilmore of Erie, IL, and Kandi (Ted) Kumer of St. David, IL; several nieces and nephews; special friends, Tammy (Jason) Dahm, the entire Anderson Family, the entire Delost Family, Ralph Sedgwick, Erol Brewer, Dee (the late Delbert) Snider, and Buckwheat; and his beloved horse, Picasso.

 Greg was preceded in death by his mother, Joan Marie Wade.

 Greg worked as a farmer his entire life but was truly a jack of all trades. He loved race car driving, side by siding, snowmobiling, horseback riding, boating, and anything outdoors. Greg always had a need for speed and had a true passion for helping others. Greg truly enjoyed life and loved all of his family and friends but he especially loved planning a yearly vacation and spending as much time as possible with the love of his life Mindy.

A visitation will be held from 2-4 PM on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL. A celebration of life will start at 5 PM following the visitation at the Brew-N-Cue in Canton, IL. Cremation rites will be accorded with Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL. To view Greg’s DVD or to make online condolences you may go to

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  • Marc & Lilly Lockman

    Reply January 23, 2019 7:32 am

    Our thoughts n Prayers are with the family. May God bless you

  • Debora Sheets

    Reply January 23, 2019 8:29 am

    Prayers to the family, Greg was a long time friend who was always working on my car, playing pool and just being a GREAT Friend! GOD has a Perfect Angel although it seems to soon. Rest Easy Buddy! Till we meet again.

  • Rhonda Taylor

    Reply January 23, 2019 10:17 am

    So sorry for your loss. Greg was a great friend of my son Tobias. I know how hard it is to lose, someone who gave so much of themselves. He was a wonderful friend to Tobias and everyone who knew him.

  • Buffy Allen

    Reply January 23, 2019 1:03 pm

    So sorry to hear about Greg. I will remember the time riding horses. He was a great person to know. Prayers for all.

  • Richard Pletz

    Reply January 24, 2019 3:07 pm

    When we heard of your loss we were greatly saddened. We have been lost for words. Bridget and I have walked in your shoes and have spent time reflecting on the loss of some of our loved ones. I have known Greg since grade school and was glad I was able to crash his wedding. I have learned that no matter what happens in your life be thankful that you were allowed the time you had with your loved ones. You will always have the memories in your head and the love in your heart that will last a lifetime. Always know you and your family are loved by many and the day will hopefully come that you and your family will look at a sun rise and know it is another day and smile for you know Greg is with you. Our condolences to your family and if you need anything please call.

  • Jason Mitchell and family

    Reply January 25, 2019 1:42 pm

    So very sorry about Greg He was a good friend and person

  • Jason Mitchell and family

    Reply January 25, 2019 1:44 pm

    So sorry to hear about Greg He was a good friend and a great man

  • Adele Tovrea

    Reply January 25, 2019 5:09 pm

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Greg’s family. Greg was a great guy who always had a smile on his face.

  • Heidi S Howell

    Reply January 28, 2019 5:00 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about your brother Tina my condolences to you and your family

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