John Thomas Gill, Sr.

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John Thomas Gill, Sr., 56, of Benson Township, Swift County, Minn. died Thursday, September 17, 2020, in Rolling Forks Township, Pope County.  A memorial service will be held Friday, October 2, 2020 at noon, 12 pm, in Assembly of God Church at 3821 Abbott Drive in Willmar, Minn. Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home.


John Thomas Gill Sr., 56 of Benson MN, died suddenly on September 17th, 2020.

Born on September 14th, 1964 to James and Geri Gill, John grew up in Maple Grove and graduated high school in Osseo, MN. He went on to attend the University of North Dakota and the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated with his master’s degree from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking. 


In 1994 John met and married Temple Renee Gill – they went on to make a big family, seven kids in total. 


John was a CPA in Minneapolis for many years, however he wanted to pursue community banking – which brought him to rural Minnesota. 


John loved life and had many interests and hobbies. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and loved time spent with his family and friends at his cabin. John was a dedicated grandfather and happily soaked up every minute spent with his grandkids on the farm. He was looking forward to the years ahead slowing down and enjoying life with his wife, Temple.


John is survived by his wife, Temple, his siblings Jeff Gill, Judi (Brad) Schmidt, June (Wade) Linnertz, Jim (Melissa) Gill, and brothers-in-law Edward Drake, Mitchell (Christina) Drake, and Sheldon (Stacy) Drake, His children Amanda (Scott) Averill, Andrea (Dustin) Bak, Jessica (Brandon) Lyczewski, Ava Ray Gill, John Thomas Gill Jr., Faye Katherine Kay Gill, Jonathan (Estee) Avalos and his four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Geri Gill, and his mother-in-law Diana Drake. 


In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Willmar Assembly of God Church.

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