Brian Stillwell

Wood River |

Brian Lee Stilwell, 40, left this world to join his father in heaven at 4:04 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, 2024 at his residence. He was born November 15, 1983 in Alton the son of the late John Stilwell and Vivian “Darlene” (Hefley) Newman (Mick) of Grafton. 

He worked as a cashier for Taco Bell and The Pump House in Wood River. Brian enjoyed playing play station, cards and was a fan of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Washington Redskins. He had a heart of gold, and he would do anything for anyone. He liked to kid around a lot and had many friends. He fought juvenal diabetes like a trooper. Brian was known for always wearing a beanie on his head. 

Besides his mother he is survived by one daughter, Heaven Marie Stilwell of Jerseyville, one brother, Doug Hefley of Alton, one sister, Cathy Sigman (Duncan) of NV, aunts and uncles, Beverly Rutherford (Charles) and Donna Oertel (Frank) and numerous cousins and friends. 

Besides his father he is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Walter and Kathleen Stilwell and his maternal grandparents, John and Anna Hefley and special cousin, Teresa Rutherford Curtner. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, 2024 at Bethel Church in East Alton, IL where funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 18, 2024. Burial will be at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto. 

Pastor Royce Roy and Pastor Ken Rutherford will officiate. Additional information and online guest book may be found at 

Obit Provided By:
Gent Funeral Home

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