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“Our thoughts, our hearts and our prayers are with you all. Treasure your memories. ”
1 of 3 | Posted by: Neil, Jean & Maddie Richmond & Brandon Snodgrass - IL

“May you find peace and strength in the Lord at this difficult time. Prayers to Leon's family and friends. ”
2 of 3 | Posted by: Ellyn Lutzenkirchen - Freeeport, IL

“Was so sorry to hear about Leon's passing. Lena, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. He was such a special man and will be missed. ”
3 of 3 | Posted by: Jim and Carol Seavey - Lowell, AR


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Arthur (Leon) Gillihan, 75 of Rock Falls, IL passed away peacefully Friday, April 27, 2018 at Loyola University Hospital in Maywood surrounded by his family who loved him very much.
Leon was born December 31, 1942 in Gorby, AR to Alex and Dora (Smith) Gillihan. He married his high school sweet heart, Lena Sherrill on July 2, 1960.
Leon's greatest joy was his family. He enjoyed attending grandchildren events and spoiling each of them. His 2nd greatest joy was being on a lake fishing with friends and family.
In 1963, Leon moved his young family to the Sterling/Rock Falls area. He never wanted to leave his beloved home state of Arkansas, but as he told people many times, they had an addiction- they liked to eat! He never gave up his dream of moving back to Arkansas.
He worked for Northwestern Steel & Wire from 1963 until his retirement in 1999 finishing his career as President of United Steel Workers Local 63 from 1993 until 1999.
He was a member of Rock River Christian Center. His peace and strength came from his personal relationship with Jesus.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 6 brothers and 2 sisters.
He is survived by his wife Lena Gillihan of Rock Falls; two daughters, Sherry Gillihan of Winnebago, IL, Angela (Roger) Ausbury of Battle Creek, Mich. two sons, Scott (Michelle) Gillihan of Sterling, IL, and Jeff (Tina) Gillihan of Midland, TX, one brother, Harold Gillihan of Mountian Home, AR, twelve grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 1st from 5:00 Pm until 7:00 PM at Rock River Christian Center in Rock Falls.
A Celebration of Life will be held 10:00 AM on Wednesday, May 2nd at Rock River Christian Center with Pastors Brian Vickers and Don George co-officiating. Committal services will be held 1:00 PM on Thursday, May 3rd at Spring Creek Cemetery in Calico Rock, AR.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Loyola Liver Research, Maywood, Illinois.