Bernard Ives Gill died peacefully in his sleep at about 1:40 Friday morning.
He was born at the family farm on Cunningham Road, rural Winnebago, Illinois. His siblings were born at the same location. The family moved to Rockford in 1929. He completed his high school education, being in the last class to graduate from Rockford ‘Central’ High. He went to University of Illinois, becoming an educator and specializing as a librarian. He served in the US Navy in WW II, serving on an LST in and around Europe, and later served in the south Pacific.
He continued his career in education, and served several years as head of the University library at University of Minnesota Moorhead, Minnesota. Upon retirement, he moved with his wive to Hillsboro, North Dakota, and settled on the Hovde ancestral farm.
Predeceased by his parents; Richard Hackett Gill and Floss Campbell (Gill), and his siblings; Barbara Adeline (Burns), Helen Margaret (Campbell)(Conley), Mary Alice (Healy), and Richard H Gill Jr.
He is also predeceased by his wife, Dorothy Marie Hovde.
Survived by his son, Brian and four grandchildren. Brian and his wife Catherine have four children: Naomi Marie, Deborah Marie, Sara Marie, and Peter Michael.
A memorial service was held at 3 PM Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at the Gill –Hovde family farm near Hillsboro
Arrangements entrusted to the care of Wildeman Funeral Home in Hillsboro, ND.