Gale Wayne Staples

  • Born: February 21, 1950
  • Died: October 7, 2020
  • Location: Sterling, Illinois

McDonald Funeral Home

1002 12th Avenue
Rock Falls, IL 61071

Tel. (815) 626-6311

Tribute & Message From The Family

STERLING – Gale Wayne Staples, 70, of Sterling passed away on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family. Gale was born in Sterling on February 21, 1950, the son of Wayne Staples and Janet (Billings) Love. He was a US Army Veteran. Gale married Corina Marquez on September 21, 1988 in Las Vegas, NV. He was employed as a highway maintainer with the Illinois Department of Transportation and retired in 2011. Gale greatly enjoyed all sporting events, and was an avid Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, antique cars, and driving his Corvette and motorcycle. Above all, Gale's greatest love was for his family, and he spent many hours coaching his daughters and attending their little league t-ball, softball, and basketball events.

Survivors include his wife, Corina Staples of Sterling; three daughters, Abbigale Staples of Colona, Alexandrea (Denzel Jones) Staples of San Antonio, TX, and Nikki Tintori of Rock Falls; one granddaughter, Zelandrea Jones of San Antonio, TX; and two sisters, Marsha Jensen of Sterling, and Gail (John) Sigel of Rock Falls.

Gale was preceded in death by his parents.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Masks will be required and social distancing in effect for a gathering of family and friends from 5:00-7:00 P.M. on Friday, October 16, 2020 at McDonald Funeral Home, 1002 12th Ave, Rock Falls. Military honors will conclude at 7:00 P.M.. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Great families are made by loving parents.
Many smiles, happy times and much love in all of these pictures.
Wholesome and happy, Just like they are meant to be.
Cherished memories of a great family man and a man who loved my cousin dearly.
Thanks for sharing those memories through your pictures with all of us, your family of aunts, uncles and cousins. We love you all.
Chach alias Ginny Sollars

Posted by Ginny Sollars - Dixon, IL - Family   November 11, 2020

I was sorry when my father, Richard, informed me of Gale's passing. I know that the suffering part of his journey is over. He was a good influence in my life when I was in my lower teens. My Dad, a cousin, and Gale shared an apartment then later a house. He was always good to my brother and myself. I am thankful for Corina, I still do and always have liked her from the start. She always brought energy and positivity into the environment. My brother and I were known as the "Brat Brothers", we weren't always good. But Gale did have a way of correcting us through just talking. He commanded an authority and later as I got older more of a guidance. I regret that life changes and we often don't stay in touch. That doesn't mean you stop caring or thinking about people. I know we we all see each other again.

Posted by Derek Devers - Family   October 17, 2020

I am so sorry about Gale. My deepest condolences and prayers for God's blessings and comfort to Corina and the girls. How many times did we sit together at our girl's basketball games and cheer, and laugh? Those were wonderful times that I will always remember. If you need anything. Please don't hesitate to ask. I'm sorry I will be unable to attend the visitation, but I am performing a wedding in Wisconsin on Saturday. I would have been there otherwise. Love you guys! Pastor Scott Porter

Posted by SCOTT PORTER - STERLING, IL - Family Friend   October 16, 2020

Wags and I are so very sorry for your loss. We are thinking about you.

Posted by Cindy Wagner - Dixon, IL - Friend   October 16, 2020

Corina i am so sorry to hear this. I send you love and prayers. I am here if you need anything.

Posted by Becky Rhodes - Neighbor   October 14, 2020

Corina, So sorry for your loss. May God bless you and your family during this difficult time.

Posted by Vickie Hansen - Friend   October 14, 2020

Thinking of you & your girls at this time. RIP Gale

Posted by Marsha Schribee - Sterling, IL - Friend   October 14, 2020

Gale was the best custodian and friend from Dillon School. Corina, my love and prayers for you at this time. I never realized who his sisters were, love to Gail and Marsha. I will always be thankful for the little things he did for the parents at the school. He was a hard worker, but most of all his sweet smile and kindness to all. Prayers and God's grace to you all!

Posted by Randy & Holly Rhodes - Jacksonville, FL - Friend   October 12, 2020

Dear Corina,
May the Lord be with you and your family during this difficult time. Sincerely, Chris Brelsfoard

Posted by Chris Brelsfoard - Rock Falls, IL - Friend   October 11, 2020

My thoughts love n prayers for the family

Posted by Lori Schaver - Morrison, IL - Friend   October 10, 2020