Francis Lawrence Gilligan

May 9, 1927 - April 11, 2008

05/09/1927 - 04/11/2008

Past Services

Monday April 14, 2008
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Wheeling
1400 Eoff Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-232-0330 | Directions
Tuesday April 15, 2008
Mt. Calvary Cemetery Wheeling
National Road
Wheeling, WV 26003
Tuesday April 15, 2008
10:00 am
St. Joseph Cathedral
13th and Eoff Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-233-4121 | Directions
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Wheeling
1400 Eoff Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-232-0330 | Directions

GILLIGAN, Francis Lawrence in his 81st year, of Wheeling, died April 11, 2008 after fighting a four-year, courageous battle with cancer. He died surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Morris Township, New Jersey on May 9, 1927, he was the son of the late Francis Michael and Amanda Carney Gilligan. He is preceded in death by five sisters and two granddaughters.

He proudly served in the United States Navy during World War II, was a member of the American Legion and was a charter member of the Good Zoo. He was a thirty year employee of Wheeling Electric and a member of St. Michael Parish.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-five years, Olga Redosh Gilligan; two sons, Terry and his wife Patty of Wheeling; Tim and his wife Christy of Triadelphia; and three daughters, Sherri and her husband Bob Penny of San Jose, California; Sandie and her husband Tom Conaway of Wheeling; and Shelley of Wheeling. Nine beloved grandchildren: Kristin Gilligan of Hickory, North Carolina; Kathleen Gilligan of Morgantown, West Virginia; Kerri Gilligan of Athens, Georgia; and Kimberly Gilligan of Wheeling; Alyssa and Kayla Gilligan of Triadelphia; Jordan Penny of San Jose, California; and Marc and Matt Conaway of Wheeling.

A passionate painter and lover of nature, Gil was a self-taught craftsman who loved to tinker with his hands. A devoted father and grandfather, Gil’s greatest joy was to be with his family and friends.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to be made in his name to Wheeling Catholic Elementary or Wheeling Central Catholic High School.

Friends and family will be received at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 1400 Eoff Street, Wheeling WV on Monday, April 14, 2008 from 2-4 and 6-9 pm. where Vigil Services will be held at 6 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday at 10 am at St Joseph Cathedral. Interment in Mt Calvary Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

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Larry & Mary Dee Bandi
8 years ago

A life well lived is a precious gift. May you find comfort in remembering someone so special. We’re thinking and praying for the all the family.

Mug Dickman Lewis
8 years ago

Dear Mrs. Gil, Missy, Terry, Sandy, Tim and Shelley,

I’ve been thinking of all of you and you are in my prayers.

Sharon Torbett
8 years ago

Dear Olga,Sandie &Family,

Lionel and I are sorry to hear the news about Gill. I know he has suffered for a long time. May you all find comfort in knowing that he is at peace now. He was a good husband, father and grandfather and will be missed. As you go through this period of mourning,may God ‘s love give you strength.

Larry Vogler
8 years ago

Hi Mrs. Gill

I add my condolences. I have to send Gil a 33 radio pinochle bid signal cause I’m sure he has all the right cards with him up in the big game with Andy. He had family, friends, and a lot of fun. Sorry I didn’t get to see you all — my best to everyone. Love,

Larry , Carol and Vogler Family

Terry Vogler
8 years ago

I echo my brother’s sentiments of the fun times up on The Hill with Mr Gil. Those pinochle games are fond memories that Gary, Larry and I have talked about and relived many times. Mr Gil was a great guy.

Mrs Gil our thoughts and prayers are with you and your loving family.

Gary Vogler
8 years ago

ItâÄôs been a long time. Watching the Gill family pictures on AltmeyerâÄôs website brought back some great memories. What a great looking family and a great tribute to a wonderful person! The fun we all had on the Hill a âÄúfew years agoâÄù has always been the subject of wonderful stories and fond memories. Some of the fondest memories are of those great Vine St pinochle games hosted by Mr. Gill.

You are in our thoughts.

Becky Murphy
8 years ago

Olga and family,

I am so sorry for the loss of your husband and father. Although I did not know Mr. Gill very well, I surely knew of him from Olga and the late Mary Dickman.

Seeing all the old photos brings back a lot of memories of old friends, i.e., Mary Dickman, Tim Abercrombie and, of course, all of the immediate family from their younger days. The Hill sure seemed like a great place to grow up.

Olga, Sandie, Shelley, if there is anything I can do or you need anything, please give me a call – my work number is 242-8410.

You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Andrea Morris Bailey
8 years ago


I know that it has been years since we have talked, but I wanted to let you know how sorry i was to see of your fathers passing. Both you and your family our in my thoughts and prayers


Sue Ryan Lister
8 years ago

To the Gilligan Family – You are in my thoughts and prayers. I am sorry that I cannot be there with you. I know that you’ll find strength and comfort in your love for each other. All my best,

Greg & Linda Frede
8 years ago

We remember Gil as the young, vibrant, comical, good loving man he was. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family now. God Bless you all. Linda & Greg

Shannon & Jamie McNiel
8 years ago

We share our deepest sympathy for your loss as our hearts and prayers go out to your family. Take comfort in knowing that he is in a better place and will always be watching over you.


Shannon & Jamie McNiel

cousin of Christy Gilligan