|Gail W. Hootman, Sr., 75, of Galesburg, died at 8:45 a.m. Saturday, May 12, 2012 at home.
He was born September 21, 1936 in Athens, Mo. the son of David Benjamin and Clarissa Mae Pickens Hootman. He married Sharon Kay Long in 1959 in Burlington, Iowa. She preceded him in death on December 27, 2010.
He is survived by two daughters, Gaila (and David) Crump of Galesburg and Roszella (and Tom) Pogue of Oneida, Ill.; four sons, Benjamin (and Cathy) Hootman of Wataga, Ill., Gail Jr. (and Vickie) Hootman of Galesburg, Jonathan (and Kellie) Hootman of North Henderson, Ill., and Christopher (and Amanda) Hootman of Galesburg; 17 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; two sisters, Thena Joy (and Gary) Long of Burlington, Iowa and Izean Garnett of Kahoka, Mo.; three sisters-in-law, Betty Hootman of Burlington, Marcia (and Gary) Dick of Burlington, and Debra (and Lester) Plath of West Burlington; special friends, JoEtta and Dorris Coleman, Tabby Beardsley, and Victor and Lupe Interial; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Gail was a signal maintainer for Burlington Northern Railroad for 42 years, retiring in 1998. After his marriage, he lived in Farmington, Iowa for five years. The family moved to Altona, Ill. and lived there for 40 years before moving to Galesburg. Gail was a 32nd Degree Mason and was a member of the Altona Masonic Lodge #330 and the Scottish Rite in Moline, Ill. He was an active Boy Scout leader and had served as District Scout Master. He was of Baptist faith.
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17, 2012 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Masonic services will be at 7 p.m. by Altona Masonic Lodge #330, followed by a funeral service with Rev. Tim Anderson officiating. Graveside service will be noon Friday, May 18, 2012 in Steinmeyer Cemetery in Farmington, Iowa with Rev. Danny Weinreich officiating. Memorials may be made to Steinmeyer Cemetery Association. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.