Richard L. Stilwell Sr

Alton 09/09/2019

Richard L. Stilwell Sr., age 77, of Alton, passed away Monday, September 9, 2019, at his home.

He was born on October 15, 1941, in Pearl, IL, the son of James and Lauretta (Gansz) Stilwell. He married Virginia Fitzgerald on October 17, 1964, at St. Mary's Catholic Church and she survive.

Richard worked at Owens-Illinois' Mold Shop, retiring in 1992. He was very active in the Boy Scouts, being Advisor of Explorer Post 7 for many years. Richard's greatest joy was spending time outdoors and with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Virginia; he is survived by three children and their spouses, Ann and Joseph Mudd of Gridley, IL, Susan and Kerry Brown of Bethalto, and Richard 'Rick' and Shannon Stilwell Jr. of Brighton; six siblings and their spouses, Bob and Beulah Gansz, Roberta and John Hopper, Ralph and Shirley Stilwell, Albert Stilwell, William Stilwell, and Elizabeth and Jerry Dingus; five grandchildren, Jennifer Mudd, Kathryn Mudd, Christopher and Kristin Brown, Andrew Brown, and Alex Stilwell; three great-grandchildren, Samantha Brown, Ella Brown, and Taylor Brown; and many other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and a step-father, Walter Ludwig.

Visitation will be held Thursday, September 12, 2019, from 3:00 to 7:00 pm at Staten-Fine Funeral Home in Alton.

Funeral services will be held Friday, September 13, 2019 at 10:00 am at the funeral home with Fr. Ben Unachukwu OMV officiating.

Per his wishes, cremation rites will be accorded. 

Memorials may be made to a charity of one's choice.

Condolences may be made online at

Obit Provided By:
Staten Fine Funeral Home & Crematory

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