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.
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.
February 17, 1953 - October 19, 2014
Frank Joseph Golden Toes Fillop, 61, died at 6:20 a.m. Sunday, October 19, 2014 at St. Anthonys Hospital in Alton. Born February 17, 1953 in Granite City, he was the son of Christina (Wallnofer) Fillop of Alton and the late John Fillop. Mr. Fillop worked as a floor foreman for International Paper for 20 years and had previously worked at the post office for 10 years and the Acme Bowling Alley (Riverboat Lanes) for 20 years. He was a former member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Godfrey. He was a loving son, husband, father and grandfather. On November 5, 1999 he married the former Mary Satterlee in Edwardsville. She survives. Also surviving is a daughter, Carrie Schulz (Jeff) of Creve Coeur, MO, a son, Matt Fillop (Vanessa) of Wood River, a step daughter, Rhustyna Mansker (Jim) of Union, MO, a step-son, Gordon Donaldson (Lacie) of Alton, 14 grandchildren, three brothers, John P. Fillop (Kyong Ae) of Georgia, Steven Fillop of Alton, Anthony Tony Fillop of Alton, and three sisters, Anna Fillop of Alton, Rita Nugent (Greg) of Alton, and Yolanda Hechenberger of Austria. Along with his father he was preceded in death by a brother, Meinard Fillop and a sister, Blanche Ward. Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 22, 2104 at Gent Funeral Home Alton. Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, October 23, 2014 at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Alton. Monsignor Kenneth Steffen will officiate. Burial will be at St. Patricks Cemetery in Godfrey. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Baird Sr., Harold
May 3, 1928 - October 14, 2014
Harold Richard Baird Sr., 86, died at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 14, 2014 of natural causes at Alton Rehabilitation and Nursing. Born May 3, 1928 in Gillespie, IL, he was the son of William J. and Loraine (Williams) Baird.
Mr. Baird (Corky) served in the U.S. Army for nine years and the Navy Seabees for fifteen years, proudly retiring with 24 years of service. Arriving in Italy in 1946, he immediately assumed responsibility as a Disbursing Clerk. A passionate lover of history, places he traveled to included Leghorn, Switzerland, and Rome where he visited The Coliseum and attended an audience with the Pope. He often noted entering The Coliseum was freely granted as well as exploring the ruins uninhibited.
Corky shared lengthy detailed stories with family and friends outlining his military service, especially as it related to some dramatic adventures in multiple locations; such as Harlem, Georgia, Colorado Springs, and the Yukon. A desire which remained unfulfilled was to serve as a history teacher. However, he influenced many family members who developed an interest in history; specifically a focus on the Civil War. Mr. Baird toured a majority of key battlefields impacted by the War Between The States.
He was a member of the Odd Fellows, VFW Post 1308, and a past president of the Alton High School Booster Club. Community members have stated they recall Corky and Faye (his wife of 66 years) sitting in the same row at countless Alton High School basketball games in the old West Junior High School Gymnasium. A longtime Boy Scout leader, he chaperoned young men at Camp Warren Levis and on noteworthy hikes like the Lincoln Heritage Trail in Springfield. His collection of antique tools is legendary.
On September 11, 1948 he married the former Ella Faye Wood. She survives. Also surviving are two daughters; Sandra Gellar (Jim) of Tulsa, OK, Lori Schwartz (Gary) of Lake Cormorant, MS, a son, Harold Richard Baird, Jr. (Terry OConnor) of Alton, and Butch Chapman (Brenda) of Jerseyville, raised and considered a son.
He is also survived by 16 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Phyllis Harrell, and two brothers, Gerald and James Baird.
Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Friday, October 17, 2014 at Gent Funeral Home in Alton where funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 18, 2014. Reverend Tom Olney will officiate. Burial will be at Valhalla Memorial Park in Godfrey. Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army or the USO.
February 7, 1946 - October 10, 2014
Curt Cottingham, 68, died at 9:44 a.m. Friday, October 10, 2014 at his home in Elsah. Born February 7, 1946 in East Hardin, IL he was the son of Leonard Cottingham and Zelma (Neal) and Ernest White. Curt served in the U.S. Army. He retired from Laclede Steel Company in 1991 after 22 years of service. He loved to tinker and enjoyed a good, cold Budweiser. He was a longtime member of the Alton VFW Post 1308 and the East American Legion #794. On January 30, 1971 he married the former Patricia Pat Ray. She survives. Also surviving is a daughter, Anita Cottingham of Godfrey, a grandson, Evan Cottingham, a brother, Tom Cottingham (Ada) of Jacksonville, and several nieces and a nephew. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Leonard Cottingham and a sister, Betty Holland. A memorial CELEBRATION will be from 6:00 10:00 p.m. Friday, October 24, 2014 at the VFW Post 1308 in Alton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the VFW Post 1308. Gent Funeral Home in Alton is in charge of arrangements.
June 21, 1948 - October 8, 2014
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Gent Funeral Home
2409 State Street
Alton, IL 62002