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“Dorothy Ann, I was so sorry to read about Earl's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. ”
1 of 10 | Posted by: Beverly Bonynge Buck - Scottsdale, AZ

“Earl you will be sorely missed by all of us at CFM, and by me personnaly for all the help you provided me over the years. May God Bless and keep you...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Country Fair Mall and Staff-kent Farley - IL

“Dorothy, I am so sorry for your loss. Earl and you have been such a blessing and inspiration in my life. Love you both. Earl will be greatly missed....Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Tracy Dryoel - Rock Island, IL

“We are deeply saddened by Earl's passing. He was our freind, and we will miss him greatly. We know he is in a better place, and we hope that this...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Doug & Candy Smay - Washington, IL

“Earl was something special. Our time at Stroke Camp wouldn't have been the same without him. Dorothy, our prayers are with you and your family. ”
5 of 10 | Posted by: Susan & Michael Wahlmann - IL

“Dorothy and Family, How sad to hear of Earl's passing. Cheri had commented to me on how much fun she had teasing him at camp last weekend. So sorry...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Georgia and Larry Morris - IL

“Dorothy, It is such a shock to hear about Earl's death after such fun stories of him at camp just last weekend. I am also sad that I wasn't...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Marylee Nunley - Friend

“Dorothy... My deepest condolences to you and the rest of your family. Having just met you and "Blue" Earl at camp this past weekend was a gift. I...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Jen Morales - Tampico, IL

“Dorothy & Family,It was just this weekend when I sat at dinner with both Dorothy and Earl that they shared their courtship and "long distance romance...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Michelle Rolando - stroke camp

“Dorothy and Family, I was shocked and saddened when hearing of Earl's passing. I was just lauging and enjoying his great smile and enthusiam this...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Cheri Roberts - Creve Coeur, IL


Earl A. Gift, 70, of Coal Valley, IL, died Monday, September 10, 2012 at Trinity Moline.

A Gathering will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, September 14, 2012 at Kirk, Huggins & Esterdahl, Ltd., 1301 4th Street, Orion. Per his wishes cremation rites have been accorded. Burial of cremains will be at Beulah Rural Township Cemetery. Military Honors will be performed by the Orion American Legion Post # 255. Memorials may be made to Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camp.

Earl was born on December 28, 1941 in Franklin County, PA, the son of Charles Robert and Lola Mae (Burkholder) Gift. He married Becky Stevens on May 21, 1966 in Boise, ID and later married Dorothy Ann Wilson on September 3, 1976 in Pearland, TX. Earl worked as a Telephone Technician for the former Bell companies, AT&T, and Lucent Technologies. He retired from Lucent Technologies in 1991. Earl was a handyman, avid do-it-youselfer, and computer enthusiast who took great joy in helping others.

Survivors include
Wife Dorothy Gift Coal Valley, IL
Children Lisa (Andy) Jenkins West Valley City, UT
Eric (Lori) Gift Cedar Rapids, IA
Grandchildren Kristine Gift
Kevin Gift
Cameron Gift
Sisters Charlotte Sweeney Maryland
Lola Mae (Jerry) Bane West Virginia
Brother Charles Gift Pennsylvania

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Irene Bolen; and brother, Frank Gift.

Online condolences may be left for the family by visiting his obituary at www.esterdahl.com.