Bill was an active member of St. Peter’s Cathedral Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. He served as an usher for over 50 years, was involved with the Holy Name Society at church, and was an original member of the bingo crew. He retired from Scott Air Force Base after working over 30 years in Civil Service. Bill was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Belleville Council 1028, the CK&L of I, Southside Improvement Association, Belleville Senior Citizens, and the Illinois Militia.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Irene E., nee Lochmann, Gain, whom he married January 27, 1944, and who died October 10, 1999; a son, Dennis Gain; his parents, Lawrence and Zita, nee Becker, Gain; two brothers, Henry “Hank” (Jean) Gain and George “Skip” (Pearl) Gain; four sisters, Mary Ann Gain, Catherine (Roy) Pickard, JoAnn (Jack) Papproth, and Martha (Norman) Zbornak; and a brother-in-law, Al Brown.
Surviving are three children, Judy (Bill) Saak, Patricia Dempsey, and Janice (Craig) Bales; a sister, Bertha Brown; 12 grandchildren, Kevin Saak, Michael Saak, Carl (Meghan) Dempsey, Todd (Jess) Dempsey, Sarah (Jeff) Coffey, April (Matt) Sanders, Theresa Gain, Jason Gain, Bill Gain, Crystal (Tim) Nolte, Jessica (Derek) Robeson, and Justin (Kim) Bingheim; 23 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 9, 2021, and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Saturday, July 10, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 10, 2021, at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. John Myler officiating.
Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.