In Memory of

Eugene George Thill

August 18, 1934 - December 12, 2020
From: Lee's Summit, MO | Originally: Cherokee, IA

Eugene George Thill, the son of Michael and Theresa (Mergen) Thill, was born on August 18, 1934, in Whittemore, IA. His childhood years were spent in Whittemore where he attended school and graduated from Presentation Academy High School in 1952. He served in the United States Air Force from 1954-1958 in Intelligence stationed in Germany.

 On June 17, 1961, Gene was united in marriage to Eleanor Waters at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee. They lived in various locations over the 42 years spent with JC Penney; Cherokee, IA, Carroll, IA Bloomington, IL, La Salle, IL, Pekin, IL, Brazil, IN, Carmel, IN, Geneva, IL, and Spencer, IA.

 Gene was an active member of Spencer, serving on the Spencer Chamber of Commerce, Spencer Area Association of Business and Industry, Spencer Main Street Board Member, Spencer Airport Board Member, Spencer Rotary, and was a volunteer for the Clay County Fair. He was chairman of the Spencer Flag Fest Committee and Chairman of the Christmas Decorations Committee in 1985 and 1986. In 1985, he was awarded the Jack Wedel Memorial Award for outstanding volunteer of the year.

 On December 12, 2020, Gene passed away at John Knox Village in Lee’s Summit, MO, at the age of 86. He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Eleanor Thill; brothers, Melvin and Don Thill; and one sister, Arlene Peterson.

 He will lovingly be remembered by his children; Joan (Frank) Tampone of Asbury, NJ, Julie (Lou) Ambrose of Mendham, NJ, Dan (Kathy) Thill of Westminster, CO, Jane Thill of Lee’s Summit, MO, Jeanine Thill of Lee’s Summit, MO, and Janiece Thill of Roseville, MN; grandchildren, Joseph, Courtney, and Nicole Tampone, and Jessica, Michael, and Matthew Thill

Tribute Video
Funeral arrangements are pending at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee.
Father Mark Stoll
Dan Thill
Jane Thill
Joseph Tampone
Jessica Thill
Matthew Thill
Michael Thill
Mt. Calvary Cemetery
Cherokee, Iowa


Monday, January 4, 2021 at 2:00 PM
“Please accept our sympathies for the loss of Gene. He was a wonderful guy and lived a wonderful life. We are losing his generation fast and we will miss that generation a lot.”
- Jeff Putzier
Monday, December 21, 2020 at 1:22 PM
“Gene's Family, We are saddened to hear of Gene's passing. Where do we begin? You were the best neighbors in Spencer. We enjoyed getting to know Gene & Eleanor & their family. What a special family! I also worked with Gene when he was so involved in the community when I worked at the Chamber. We will keep the family in our thoughts & prayers. Cherish the memories! Tom & Laura Wakefield”
- Laura & Tom Wakefield
Monday, December 21, 2020 at 1:22 PM
“Jeanine and family-I’m terribly saddened to learn of your dad’s passing, and my most sincere and heartfelt condolences to you all during this difficult and heavy time. Sending peace and love to you all. ”
- Laura Juza
Monday, December 21, 2020 at 1:22 PM
“My sympathy is being extended to the entire Thill family. I remember very well when he and my mother worked together at the J.C. Penney store in Cherokee. He and Jim Slobowzeki would come to our house. They would use my brother's and my color pencils to color a couple of our Maverick pictures. Both of your parents were friendly. I am so sorry for your loss.”
- Pam Sturgeon
Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 8:03 AM
“Gene will be missed by many. He was a wonderful uncle to the nieces and nephews. He had a wonderful laugh and an infectious smile. Sending love to the family. ”
- Jill Waters
Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 8:03 AM
“My deepest sympathies to the family. I have fond memories of visiting the Thill family as a child growing up. It was always a special time with amazing hospitality and food. Your parents were always kind to us on our visits. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Wish we could all be together.”
- Greg Waters
Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 8:03 AM
“We were saddened to hear of your Dad's passing. He was well loved and will be remembered for his ever lasting smile. Peace to you all.
Take care of one another and we will see you in July.”
- Beth and John Evans
Send Your Condolences
  • logo
  • Cherokee 216 South 2nd Street
    Highway 59 South
    Cherokee, Iowa 51012
    (712) 225-4886
  • Marcus 100 Eagle Avenue
    Marcus, Iowa 51035
    (712) 376-4886