Glenn Gates

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Retired USAF Tech Sgt. Glenn Edward Gates, 70, of Belleville, IL, born March 10, 1948 in Chipley, GA, died Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Mr. Gates was the youngest of 11 children, eight of whom have preceded him in death.  His granddaughter was the light of his life. Glenn was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Sammie Lee and Willie M., nee Trammell, Gates; his eight siblings; and a step-son, Tony Pacella.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn, nee Walvoord, Gates;
one son, Michael Gates of Belleville, IL;
one granddaughter, Taylor Gates;
two sisters, Ethel Ross and Carolyn Gates of Atlanta, GA;
one brother, Eugene Gates of Killeen, TX;
a host of nieces and nephews;
and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or to a college fund for Taylor.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, January 25, 2019 at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, January 25, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Burial with military honors will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.


16 Comments on Glenn Gates

Sharon said : Guest Report Jan 25, 2019 at 5:10 AM

Carol I worked with Glenn for 14 years at First Student there wasn’t anything you could ask Glenn to do and he tell you no he would always make it happen from changing your flat tire to giving you a ride if you had a flat tire giving you a jump if your car wouldn’t start,giving you a dime if you were a nickel short so many things I could say about Glenn and all in a nutshell you had a very nice and caring husband who would go above and beyond to extend himself for ones need you could always count on Glenn for whatever. Taylor I remember when you were born you are the love of your grandpa’s life the Bible promises there will be a resurrection your grandpa will live again John 5:28 29 Jehovah will give you and the family strength to endure

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Ruby Watson said : Guest Report Jan 23, 2019 at 3:49 AM

Carolyn, Mike and Taylor, Just wanted to express my deepest sympathy and condolences to you and your family. I am your cousin from Michigan. My mother Alice Mitchell (Trammell) and his mother was sisters.

  • Southfield
  • MI
Geneva Kimbro said : Guest Report Jan 23, 2019 at 3:36 AM

Carolyn, Mike, Christi and Taylor. My sympathy and Love go out to you and your family. Your cousin from Pennsylvania.

  • Cranberry Twp
  • PA
Rachel Gates said : Guest Report Jan 22, 2019 at 2:52 AM

Rest in peace uncle

  • Clanton
  • AL
Myrna Gates said : Guest Report Jan 22, 2019 at 2:43 AM

Aunt Carol, Mike We are so sorry to hear that our Uncle Bud has passed . My daddy George Lee would talk about him all the time to us he was so proud of his brother. Wish we could have spent more time with you all. You are in our thoughts and prayers and always in our hearts. Our deepest condolences. The Gates Family , Birmingham Al.

  • Birmingham
  • Alabama
Lance Sitto said : Guest Report Jan 20, 2019 at 12:23 PM

I didn't know uncle Glenn, he was my aunt Carolyn's husband, but reading all these and talking to him and my aunt he was a great man. My love goes out to his family.

  • Jeju
  • Korea
Latausher Fletcher said : Guest Report Jan 20, 2019 at 7:56 AM

It gave me Great joy to be able to come and spend the last time with him doing his transition from Earth to Glory you will be missed my condolence to the family aunt Carolyn Sam and Taylor love you all your niece

  • Atlanta
  • GA
Shanteria And Franklin Family said : Guest Report Jan 20, 2019 at 1:02 AM

Rest In Peace uncle.

  • Atlanta
  • Ga
Twallace Fletcher said : Guest Report Jan 19, 2019 at 7:55 PM

Aunt Carol, Mike and Taylor know that earth has no sorrow that God cannot heal. We love you and will see you again soon

  • Atlanta
  • GA
Grace Thompson said : Guest Report Jan 18, 2019 at 3:31 PM

I'm saddened to hear of this! He drove bus 103 for Belleville I believe for 18 years! My son was one of the students on his bus. Please accept our family's condolences.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Jan Vickery said : Guest Report Jan 18, 2019 at 1:55 PM

Carol, condolences on your loss, I missed obit, Ruth msg me to check if it was your husband. Thinking of you, lost Joe in 2016. Take care

  • Collinsville
  • Il
Patricia Clayton said : Guest Report Jan 18, 2019 at 1:58 AM

My prayers go out to the family and friends, I will miss his smile and him always ask me where my donuts at. He will be miss.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Bob and Marilyn Going said : Guest Report Jan 18, 2019 at 1:08 AM

Mrs Gates, Mike , Taylor, and all family members, Sending our sympathy to all of you. Although we didn't know Mr. Gates, we have known Mike a long time, and just wanted to express our sympathy to all of you at this very difficult time. Trust in the Lord , and he will guide you thru the tough times ahead.

  • Venedy,
  • Il
Sherree Schneider said : Guest Report Jan 17, 2019 at 10:30 PM

My heartfelt sympathy to all of Glenn's family and friends. I had the pleasure of working with him at the bus company the past 13 or so years. He always had a smile on his face and could put one on yours too. He will be sadly missed at work, not seeing him on the lot everyday. Heaven got a new smiling angel.

  • Belleville
  • IL
YOLANDA ADAMS said : Guest Report Jan 17, 2019 at 7:42 PM


  • Belleville
  • IL
Maria Grossmann said : Guest Report Jan 17, 2019 at 7:52 AM

Carol,I am sorry for your loss,Glen was a super person to be around.You and your family will be in my prayers.

  • Millstadt
  • Il

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