Obituary: Richard Gillum, 69, of Washington

Staff Writer
Washington Times-Reporter

WASHINGTON — Richard Wayne Gillum, 69, of Washington died at 1:41 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at Apostolic Christian Home in Eureka.

Born June 22, 1942, in Danville to John William and Zelma Fern Wonderlin Gillum, he married Carla S. Branaman June 3, 2000, in Washington; she survives.

Also surviving are four children: Richard Wayne (Laura) Gillum Jr. of Coal City, Myra Kathleen Schaefer of St. Charles, Michael Scott (Mary) Gillum of Germantown Hills and Craig Adam (Mandy) Gillum of St. John, Ind.; two step-daughters, Julie (Eric) Dupree of Washington and Jennifer (Tim) Cohenour of Clinton; two brothers, Ronald (Elizabeth) Gillum of Norman, Okla., and Daryl (Cecilia) Gillum of Gainsville, Ga.; and 11 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Merrill Jack Gillum; and one sister, Ila Jean Gillum Pichon.

He proudly served with the U.S. Army Special Forces, Green Berets.

He was a graduate of Danville High School, and obtained his bachelor of arts degree from Lewis College in 1973, his MBA from Lewis University in 1980 and a bachelor of arts degree in teaching from Illinois State University. He retired from Illinois Bell/AT&T, and then taught in the business departments at Lamoile High School and Pekin High School, last teaching in 2002.

He was a member of First Baptist Church in Washington.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory in Washington. The Rev. Eric Dupree will officiate. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Glendale Cemetery in Washington, where military rites will be accorded by the U.S. Army and the Tazewell Military Rites Team.

Memorials may be made to his church.

A memorial website is available at where condolences may also be sent to the family.