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Mr. Gale D. Adwell

March 22, 1949 ~ February 24, 2018 (age 68)

Gale D. Adwell, 68, of Abingdon, passed away peacefully at 11:42 p.m. Saturday, February 24, 2018 at home.

He was born March 22, 1949 in Galesburg, the son of James Herman and G. Donnalee (Meachum) Adwell. He married Joyce D. Harding in Cameron on May 24, 1970.

Gale is survived by his loving wife of almost 48 years, Joyce; his daughter, Kyla Jo (and Tony) Andersen of Peoria; his sister, Myra Kay (Herb) Lloyd of Bremen, Alabama and their four daughters; and his mother-in-law, Nora Harding of Cameron.

Gale was preceded in death by his parents, his father-in-law, Everett Harding and his son, Jasen Adwell (2015).

He was raised in Berwick and graduated from Roseville High School in 1967.  He later moved to Galesburg where he began working for the BNSF Railroad.  In his 39 years of working for the railroad, his work took him from Galesburg to Excelsior Springs, Missouri, to Hugo, Oklahoma and then back to Galesburg, where he retired from the railroad in 2009.  He was a member of the Brotherhood of Maintenance and Way Employees Union Local 798. 

He was of the Christian faith and often reminisced about his childhood memories of the families he met while attending the Berwick Baptist Church and other families he met at churches in towns he had resided in.  He most recently attended the Abingdon Christian Church.  He was kind and soft spoken and his devotion to his family and his belief in God supported him in life and gave him peace.

He enjoyed woodworking, Abingdon Pottery, and watching old western movies. Gale loved flowers and being outdoors.  He was an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan.  

Cremation was accorded.  A graveside service at the Berwick Cemetery will be held at a later date.  Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Services Abingdon Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Feed My Lambs or the Abingdon Christian Church in care of Joyce Adwell, 700 W. Monmouth St., Abingdon, IL 61410.  Online condolences may be made at


Donations may be made to:

Feed My Lambs

Abingdon Christian Church

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