William Gain

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William “Wink” A. Gain, 98, of Belleville, IL, born August 17, 1922, in Belleville, IL, died Sunday, July 4, 2021, at Mercy Hospital South, St. Louis, MO.

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.


10 Comments on William Gain

Mike and Julie Quirin said : Guest Report Sep 20, 2021 at 5:23 PM

What a wonderful individual who was one of my Father's best friends and a wonderful role model to anyone young or old who knew him. Alway there to lend a helping hand to anyone who really needed one. We will truly miss his smile. Mike and Julie Quirin

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Aaron & Sarah Mosier said : Guest Report Jul 09, 2021 at 8:08 PM

I will be forever grateful for all of the bicycle repairs, from tire fill-ups to chain tightenings. Mr. Gain was always the best neighbor, and he will always have a place in my heart.

  • Fenton
  • MO
Phyllis A. Lang said : Guest Report Jul 09, 2021 at 5:15 PM

Please know I am thinking of you and want to express my sympathy for the death of your father Judy and Bill, as well as to the whole family With love and prayer, Phylllis

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Mary Thouvenot Poettker said : Guest Report Jul 08, 2021 at 2:17 PM

Dear Pat and family, Please accept my deepest sympathy at the loss of your Dad. May God comfort you and may he be resting in our Lord's loving arms.

  • St. Peters
  • MO
Cheryl Hasenstab said : Guest Report Jul 07, 2021 at 7:38 PM

Dear Pat and family, Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your Dad. I never met him, but I know he was a wonderful person, and he lived a wonderful life!

  • St.Louis
  • MO
Joe & Kathleen Davis said : Guest Report Jul 07, 2021 at 12:17 PM

Sorry for your loss. May God be with all of you and bring you peace. Keeping you in our prayers.

  • Linwood
  • Kansas
Gene Wiggins NARFE Chap 1019 said : Guest Report Jul 07, 2021 at 10:36 AM

Sorry For Your Loss. Please accept this electronic message in lieu of a Sympathy Card. Local National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) volunteers provide help in reporting the death of any federal civilian retiree or a retiree’s spouse to proper authorities. They will explain the process as needed and if requested, can report the death to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM 888-767-6738) for you. They can also assist in filling out claim forms for survivor benefits and life insurance You may call either of our Service Officers, Jim Haley at 618 795-5174 or Dean Hemmer at 618 233-3819. If unable to reach either, you may call Gene Wiggins at 618 566-7980.

  • Mascoutah
  • Illinois
Nicole calabra said : Guest Report Jul 06, 2021 at 4:41 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember his fish fries and just how outgoing he always was. I wish I could go to the wake but I have to work unfortunately. Love to all of you and I will be thinking about you guys.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Hannah Neumeyer said : Guest Report Jul 06, 2021 at 8:54 AM

Thinking of you all during this time! Thankful to have had Mr. Gain as a neighbors for many years and always keeping an eye on me. Prayers.

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Dawn Dempsey said : Guest Report Jul 05, 2021 at 9:10 PM

My deepest condolences to the whole family! Wink was a great man with a kind heart who I know will be dearly missed. My heart goes out to the family during this difficult time. God speed!

  • Germantown
  • Illinois

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