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Gladys Lena Heil

Birth Date: July 18, 1928
Death Date: January 6, 2018

Gladys Heil, 89, of Decatur, passed away Saturday, January 06, 2018 in Decatur Memorial Hospital with her family by her side.

Gladys was born July 18 1928 in Decatur, Illinois, the daughter of Arden Pearl and Birdie (Harris) Leibengood. Before becoming a devoted homemaker she worked at St. Mary’s and the White Peak Restaurant. Gladys was a longtime member of the Gospel Chapel and avid reader of the bible. She married Robert F. Heil. He preceded her in death.

Gladys leaves behind her children Cynthia (Mike) Hunter, Dennis (Debra) Heil Sr., David Heil Sr., and Michael (Traci) Heil, sister Helen Walley, grandchildren Michael Cox, Dennis Heil Jr., Denise Heil, David Heil Jr., Robert Heil, Shon Heil, Haley Heil, Bryan Kirby, Kim Skunberg, Leslie Strohl, Angie Hilligoss, and Catherine Botzum, sixteen great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Gladys was reunited in Heaven with her parents, husband, brothers Gayle, John Jim, and Bill, sisters Jeanette, Velma, Irene, Ann, and Betty, son Robert Conant, and grandson Matthew Cox.

Services to celebrate Gladys’ life will be 10:00 AM Thursday, January 11, 2018 in Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5-7 PM Wednesday, January 10, 2018 in the funeral home. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Gospel Chapel.

Arrangements by Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL. Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at

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January 10, 2018
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January 11, 2018
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2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL 62526
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Celebration of Life
January 11, 2018
10:00 am
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  1. Gladys was my step-mom at one time (I don't like the wording step-mom) I considered her a 'Mommy' to me during the time I spent with her. I CHERISHED her and have SO many treasured memories spent with her. She was a loving CHRISTIAN lady and so FUN to be around. To know her was a blessing in my life. Through Facebook and Cindy nee Heil Hunter I was able to contact Gladys and speak with her on the phone. She never failed to send me a Birthday Card, nor a Christmas Card. I MISS HER, however someday I too will be reunited with her and other family members and friends up in heaven.

  2. To the Heil family: I remember when we were growing up on North Sunnyside Road, or “A Street” as we knew it, if mom didn’t have enough eggs or that cup of milk needed to make a certain dish she would send one of us kids to a neighbors house to borrow whatever it was she needed. If I was the lucky one that day I would go to Mrs. Heil because I knew she was going to be nice and would more than likely have what mom wanted. We had such a nice little neighborhood there on A Street and Gladys Heil was a beautiful piece to that little puzzle. She will be missed I am sure but I will always have fond memories of her and all the other puzzle pieces that made up our great childhood. Sincerely, Joe Hammel

  3. Mike,Dennis, David and Cynthia, my condolences for the loss of your mom. She was such a beautiful person, exuding love and faith to all who were lucky enough to have known her. Now she is with God looking down over you all with that same love and faith. Take care and know you are in my thoughts and prayers my friends.

  4. The HFPD wishes to extend our deepest sympathy to the Heil family. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
    With Sympathy

  5. Sister Gladys was a faithful part of Gospel Chapel for 50 years, and was our friend. We are sad to lose her, but she has a crown of life waiting for her, and not only her, but all of us who choose to follow the same path she did, and that was the steps of the Lord. Only He is the Way, the Truth, the Life…the path to salvation. No one cometh to the Father except by Him…the Lord Jesus Christ. Love you, Sister Gladys…Judy Worthey

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