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Celebration of Life

Ainsworth Opera House
Saturday August 27th, 2022

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Ainsworth Opera House
Saturday August 27th, 2022
1:00pm - 2:00pm

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Roger D. Gillis Sr.

Roger D. Gillis, Sr., 74 of Ainsworth, died Sunday, August 21, 2022, at Lantern Park Specialty Care in Coralville.

 His body has been cremated and a celebration of his life will be 2:00 PM, Saturday, August 27, 2022, at the Ainsworth Opera House. The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the celebration at the Ainsworth Opera House. The celebration will be live-streamed on the Beatty-Peterseim Facebook page and YouTube channel. Memorials may be designated to the Ainsworth Fire Department or the Ainsworth 1st Responders.

Roger was born September 10, 1947, in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa the son of Sanford Earl and Pansey May (Derby) Gillis. He graduated from Pekin High School and was united in marriage to Sharon Kay Schultz, on August 19. 1967 at the Ainsworth Community Church.

In his early years of employment, he worked the wheat harvest traveling from Canada to Texas. He was also employed with LL Pelling in North Liberty, Rath Packing in Columbus Junction, Central Soya/Mastermix Feeds in Washington, owned and operated Gillis Transport, and retired after 25 plus years with Heartland Express, celebrating 3 million consecutive miles accident-free.

He was a member of the Ainsworth Fire Department and Ainsworth 1st Responders. He was a long-time volunteer with the Ainsworth Opera House and the Washington County Fair.

Survivors include special friends Alice Foster of Burlington, children, Lori (Mark) Cavin of Ainsworth and Roger Gillis Jr. of Needville, TX; grandchildren, Lindsey, Sedrick, Eli, Trina, Seth, Sierra, Ryan and Wyatt; great-grandchildren, Lydia, Emma and Noah.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Sharon, brother Ivan Gillis and sister Mary Ann McReynolds.



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A candle was lit in memory of Roger Gillis Sr.

Eva Buster Aug 24 2022 1:49 PM

My thoughts are with all of you now and will be in the months to come.

AmySara Aug 23 2022 10:13 PM

Please accept my sympathy as you grieve the loss of someone so dear to your family. I was a classmate at Pekin. Roger and I were members of the Pekin FFA chapter. We shared memories of those four years in the FFA and those activities.

Arlen Wonderlich Aug 23 2022 8:13 AM

Such a gentle soul, such a good man. Peace, Roger.♡

Lynn Hodgeman Hodgeman Aug 23 2022 1:17 AM

I didn't have enough time with him.........

Ma Foster Aug 22 2022 11:23 PM

Where do I start. Always had a smile even when Sharon and I put him to work helping mash all those beans for the Mexican Fiesta fund raiser. Always willing to help us whatever the adventure was and Always with a smile. My thoughts and prayers are with all his family.

Evelyn Bonnichsen Aug 22 2022 7:40 PM

Roger was a gentle person and would give the shirt off his back to help anyone...Spent many years working with him and Sharon on community events..Sending Hugs to all the family..

SHERRIE Hazen Aug 22 2022 7:23 PM

Roger drove for us for years...I always had a soft spot for him...Roger ran our drop deck division for General Motors for years....he was a great driver and a wonderful person. He wiill be missed!!!

Kimberly Anderson Aug 22 2022 6:24 PM