Gent Funeral Home
Call UsGent Funeral Home, Inc.
2409 State Street
Alton, IL 62002
About UsSince 1935 our family has served the greater Alton area. Now, three generations later, we are still dedicated to continually offer exceptional service that only a family owned and operated funeral home can give.
our family and staff members will personally serve your family with dignity and respect.
Our commitment to service and professionalism...
has been recognized by the Selected Independent Funeral Homes Association. We are the only funeral home in Alton to receive such an honor.
August 18, 1946 - October 26, 2014
James O. Grant, 68, died at 3:17 p.m. Sunday, October 26, 2014 at Alton Memorial Hospital. Born August 18, 1946 in Alton, he was the son of Oliver H. and Doris (Chase) Grant. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and was a former member of the VFW Post 1308. He loved camping and fishing. He was a dispatcher for the Alton Police Department and the Madison County Sheriffs Department retiring in 2000. He then worked for the Grandpas Store, Value City, Conoco Phillips as a security guard and McConaheys Floral, retiring in 2011. On July 15, 2005 he married the former Barbara Compton. She survives. Also surviving is a daughter, Rhonda Brinkman (Steve) of Alton, a son, Jeff Grant (Jude) of Bethalto, four step daughters, Marissa Baker (Perry) of Worden, Katie Bornes of Wood River, Niki Bornes of Denver, CO, and Kelli Bornes of Alton, 9 grandchildren, Natalie Masulla, Mandie Hamrick (Roy), Alyssa, Maraya, Jorden, and Caden Baker, Richie Gabriel, Lori Podhorn, and Alexa Bornes, three great grandchildren, Micah, Tabitha and Jonah Hamrick, one brother, Duane Grant (Nancy) of Potterville, MI, two sisters, Diane Ukena (Marshall) of Alton and Barbara Lanham of Wood River, and two sisters-in-law, Cathy Grant of Alton and Debbie Grant of Wilsonville, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Larry and Robert Grant. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 1, 2014 at Gent Funeral Home in Alton with full military honors by the VFW Post 1308. Reverend Steve Rice will officiate. Burial will be private. Memorials may be made to the Tree House Wildlife Center.
April 30, 1934 - October 26, 2014
October 17, 1932 - October 25, 2014
He was born in East Alton, IL on October 17, 1932 the son of Eathel (Wilder) and George Q. Goforth. He graduated from Wood River High School in 1950. He was employed by Olin Corporation over 40 years retiring in 1995.
He married his beloved bride Charlotte Pearl (Piggott) on January 22, 1954 and together they enjoyed 60 wonderful years. He was gregarious, outgoing and usually the life of the party. Family members were amazed at his knack of encountering someone he knew nearly everywhere he traveled in the US. He loved to laugh and the entire theatre knew when he was enjoying the movie. His love of movies led to his spending many hours recording, purchasing and cataloging his extensive movie collection of several thousand.
He had a love of history especially military history and spent many hours reading military history books and magazines. Many military history videos are also represented in his collection.
Along with his wife, he spent many active years as a member of the National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts attending Houseparties (conventions), collecting and building dollhouse miniatures.
George especially enjoyed time playing cards and games during family gatherings. Immediate and extended family played a large role in his life. He often stated he was born to be a grandpa. He will be greatly missed by his family.
George was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather Lloyd Wiser and stepmother Ethel Goforth; and brothers Bob and Floyd Goforth. He is survived by his wife, daughter Robyn (Bob) Brooks of Seatac, WA, son Mark Goforth of Alton, IL, son Douglas (Joan) Goforth of Issaquah, WA; brother David Randall (Carol) Wiser of Manassas, VA; step-brother Rev. Frank (Donna) Sparks of Rosewood Heights, IL; grandchildren Clea (Mike) Conners of Tetonia, ID, Christopher Brooks of Seatac, WA, Sean Brooks of Seatac, WA and Alicia (Jason) Thomas of Maple Valley, WA; great-grandchildren Elora, Cassidy and Faye Conners, and Lucy and Lola Thomas; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, October 30, 2014 at Gent Funeral Home in Alton. Reverend Frank Sparks will officiate. Per family request his body will be cremated with interment at 2:30 p.m. Friday, October 31, 2014 at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto with a New Orleans style sendoff.
Memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project.
October 23, 2014
Victor Thomas Henkhaus died at 8:47 a.m. Thursday, October 23, 2014 at St. Johns Mercy in St. Louis, MO. After nine months of a successful pregnancy, Victor was born with no heartbeat at 8:19 a.m. October 23, 2014 weighing 8lbs 3oz and 22 inches long. Victor was named after his great grandfather. He is survived by his parents, Christopher Henkhaus and Jennifer (Frederick) both of St. Louis, MO. A memorial visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until time of memorial service at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 1, 2014 at Gent Funeral Home in Alton.
October 7, 1937 - October 20, 2014
John Jack Rhoades, 77, died at 6:20 p.m. on Monday, October 20, 2014 at his residence. He was born October 7, 1937 in Alton the son of the late Herbert and Loraine (Osborne) Rhoades. He retired in 1996 after 40 years as an aerospace supervisor with McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis, MO. He loved his car club and owned multiple award winning vehicles. He was a senior Olympian and a member of the Alton High School Wall of Fame. On June 1, 1996 he married Nellie Jan (Allen-Steele) and she survives. Also surviving are one son Scott Rhoades and his wife Kristen of Aldie, Virginia, three step-daughters; Tonya Rynders (David), Tammy Fee (Dwayne) and Tina Luketick, twelve grandchildren and five step great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter; Kim Rhoades, two brothers; Junior Rhoades and Kenny Rhoades. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until time of memorial service at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 23, 2014 at Gent Funeral Home in Alton with Reverend Jerry MeCaskey to officiate. Burial will be private. Memorials may be made to the 5 As Animal Shelter.
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Gent Funeral Home
2409 State Street
Alton, IL 62002