Ken Gill was a cameraman at WGN and Chicago Cubs games


Kenneth (Ken) Leroy Gill was born September 2, 1929, in Sanford, New York, the son of William and Anna Josephine Gill. He grew up in Burlington, Iowa. Ken was a veteran of the Korean War.

Following his discharge, he married Mary Ann Pepmeyer, and settled in Crystal Lake, Illinois, where the couple raised their family. They were married for 64 years. Mary Ann passed away in 2017.

Kenneth went home to be with his Heavenly Father on January 7, 2024, at the age of 94.

Kenneth Gill led a long and interesting life. He worked for WGN Channel 9 TV station for 27 years where he was an electrician and cameraman. His many duties included working on the Bozo Circus set and operating the camera behind the scenes in the outfield of many Chicago Cubs games.

After he retired from WGN, Ken and Mary Ann spent some time residing in Arizona. They missed their family and ultimately ended up moving to Rockton, Illinois.

In his retirement Ken enjoyed building and flying model airplanes. Ken and Mary Ann enjoyed long walks and biking. They had a tight group of friends from church and they always enjoyed hosting Bible study at their home.

Ken loved the Lord and his family; he was always patient and kind. In his final years he enjoyed listening to old sermons and hymns on the radio. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be greatly missed.

Ken is survived by his daughters, Cynthia (Steven) King, Diane (Mike) Day, Lisa (Russell) Grubbs and Marilee (Ron) Dooman; granddaughters, Michelle (Jeremy) DeAngelis, Melissa (Justin) Abney, Sarah Grubbs, Natalie Grubbs and Kellie Dooman; great-grandchildren, Hailey DeAngelis, Owen DeAngelis, Jocelyn Abney, Rylee Abney and Daniel Abney.

Ken is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann; son, David; brothers, Earl and William Jr.; sister, Florence; and parents, William and Anna Josephine Gill.

Due to a snow storm, services have been rescheduled for Friday, January 19, 2024, at Heritage Baptist Church, 12848 Willowbrook Road, Roscoe, IL 61073. Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. followed by the funeral at 11 a.m., with Pastor Micah Potter officiating. Interment will be in Rockton Township Cemetery, followed by a luncheon at Heritage Baptist Church.

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