Gail R. Furnald

Gail R. Furnald, age 87, of Oquawka, Illinois, passed away at 2:56 P.M. on Friday, March 23, 2018 at her residence in Oquawka. She was born on August 24, 1930 in rural Gladstone, Illinois, the daughter of Edward and Helen (Hunter) Huss. She attended Bluff Dale County School. On June 26, 1947, Gail married Delbert L. Furnald in Oquawka, Illinois and he preceded her in death on October 21, 1981. Gail was employed for 25 years at Lehigh-Leopold in Burlington, Iowa. She also worked at several local restaurants, babysat children, and cooked for the Schlotzhauer Home in Oquawka. Gail liked to cook, dance, complete word search puzzles, and watch Christian television shows. Most of all, she loved her family and her grandchildren. Gail is survived by one daughter, Janet (Joseph) McCann of Oquawka, IL, three sons; Delbert (Reita) Furnald, James E. (Karen) Furnald, Sr., and Bruce G. (Trish Harter) Furnald, all of Oquawka, IL, two sisters; Glenola Lee and Geneva Stewart, both of Burlington, IA, one brother, Ed Huss, Jr. of Burlington, IA, one daughter-in-law, Pamela Furnald, eighteen grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Russell E. Furnald, daughter-in-law, Nancy L. Furnald, five brothers, and two sisters. 

A funeral service is planned for 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at Turnbull Funeral Home in Oquawka, Illinois. A visitation is planned from 5:00-7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 also at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Oquawka Cemetery. Memorial are being established for Hospice Compassus or the Henderson County Humane Society. For more information, or to leave a condolence, please visit


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