Gerald attended Johnson’s Country School through the eighth grade. He joined the Navy on October 14, 1948 and completed two years of service aboard the USS Newman K. Perry.
He was united in marriage to Julia A. McAlister on October 28, 1950. To this union three children were born: Gerald Allen, Shirley Jean, and Tabitha Lynn.
Gerald was baptized on August 17, 1980 at Topaz, alongside three of his grandchildren. On June 3, 1990 he was ordained as a deacon and served at Pleasant Home Free Will Baptist Church and Cornerstone Free Will Baptist Church, where he was a member.
He had several occupations ranging from dairy farmer, welder, hauling milk, carpentry, and basically, if it were broken he could fix it. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and piddling in his workshop.
His curiosity and creativeness kept him constantly finding interest in the smallest detail or object. Turning leftover and found items into usable tools or works of art kept him busy. You would never know what he would find with his metal detector or bring home for another purpose.
Gerald battled congestive heart failure and was a cancer survivor. Yet he remained upbeat throughout his illness. When asked how he was feeling he would reply, “With my fingers,” and “I’m Still-Well!”
Besides his parents, Gerald was preceded in death by one daughter, Shirley Rodgers, and two brothers, Donald Stillwell and Bruce Stillwell.
Gerald is survived by his loving wife, Julia Stillwell of the home in Mtn. Grove, Missouri; one son, Jerry Stillwell and wife Brenda of Mountain Grove; one daughter, Tabitha Unger and husband Matt of Mountain Grove; one brother, Lyle Stillwell of Willow Springs, Missouri; one sister, Shirley Macomber of Mountain Grove; eight grandchildren, Scott Stillwell, Ty Stillwell, Kamber Beller, Michelle Stigall, Courtney Mills, Braden Unger, Trenton Unger, and Morgan Unger; nine great-grandchildren, Taylor, Nolan, Logan, Kaitlen, Zach, Daustin, Brittany, Dakota, and Emma; two great-grandchildren: Elsie and Griffin Barton; many nieces, nephews, and other friends and relatives who will miss him greatly.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at Cornerstone Free Will Baptist Church in Mountain Grove with Ronald Turner and Justin Lawson officiating. Song selections were “Go Rest High,” “Looking At You,” and “Amazing Grace My Chains Are Gone,” rendered by Ronnie Turner and recorded music. Pallbearers were Scott Stillwell, Ty Stillwell, Braden Unger, Trenton Unger, Nolan Stillwell, Logan Stillwell, and Zach Beller. Honorary pallbearers were Rance Beller, Jeff Stigall, Zachary Cannon, Brandon Barton, Daustin Luck, Dakota Stigall, and Griffin Barton. Burial was in Penner Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mountain Grove.