In loving memory of

Nathaniel Gilbert
July 2, 2001 - August 24, 2020

Nathaniel "Nate" Gilbert, age 19, of Quincy, died Monday, August 24, 2020, at 4:55 p.m. in Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.

Nate was born July 2, 2001 in Quincy, Illinois, the son of Geoffrey and Cynthia Qualls Gilbert.

Nate was a 2019 graduate of Quincy High School. He had worked for Koontz Builders, however most recently he was employed by Quincy Farm Products.

Nate was an amateur magician, and together with his friend, Zach, he performed at the Adams County Fair and various talent shows under the name Z&N Magic. Nate was a vehicle enthusiast, and his Mustang was his pride and joy. He also enjoyed being outdoors, whether he was visiting his friend's farm or he was spending time on the waters of the Mississippi River or the Lake of the Ozarks.

Most of all, Nate loved being with his family and friends. Nate truly loved life, and he lived it to the fullest.

Survivors include: his parents, Geoff and Cindy Gilbert of Quincy, IL; his sister, Natalie Gilbert of Quincy; his maternal grandmother, Pat Qualls of Quincy; his maternal grandfather, Jim (Carolyn Hussong) Qualls of Sutter, IL; his paternal grandfather, Ken (Sharon) Gilbert of Quincy; his paternal grandmother, Jeanne (John Milton) Gilbert of Quincy; aunts and uncles: Greg (Sandy) Gilbert of Quincy; Kim (Gary) Genenbacher of Decatur, IL; Jimmy Qualls of Alton, IL; Brian Goodwin of Bloomington, IL; and DJ (Nikki) Bridgman of Mendon, IL; and numerous cousins and friends,

Services: 10:00 am Mass on Monday, August 31, 2020 at St. Franics Solanus Catholic Church, with Rev. Steven Arisman officiating. Please bring a mask if you plan to attend the service.

Burial: Greenmount Cemetery, Quincy, Illinois

Visitation: 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Sunday August 30, 2020 at St. Franics Solanus Catholic Church. Please bring a mask if you plan to attend the visitation.

Memorials: to the family for medical expenses c/o Geoff & Cindy Gilbert

Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.


Ann Schafer wrote on Aug 31, 2020:

"Sorry for your loss."

Kirk Kreider wrote on Aug 30, 2020:

"He a great person to be around he will be missed by all"

Kathleen Dooley wrote on Aug 30, 2020:

"Our Marching Blue Devil family will remember Nate as a quiet, talented and especially kind young man! He always brought a smile to our practices and events! Nate and Zach were a tremendous inspiration to younger students as they watched them work toward excellence with their amazing Magic Show! The Lord Bless and Keep You during this difficult time! ?? "

Erin (Kruty) Olson wrote on Aug 28, 2020:

"I am so sorry to hear about Nates passing. I had the pleasure of having Nate as a 5th grade student, he was such a happy and energetic boy. He was always so positive, kind, and funny. He was a smart boy who always tried his best. I remember when we were learning similes he created one: ?Miss. Kruty is as mad as a bear being woken up from hibernation.? He will be missed, my thoughts and prayers go out to your family."

Cathy Bower wrote on Aug 27, 2020:

"I am so very sorry to hear about Nathans passing. I was his Animation teacher. I remember our holiday treat party the fall that he was in my class. He created a crackling fire to play during our party. I also remember what a talented team he and Zach were. Nate was kind, respectful and a joy to be around. He will be remembered fondly. Sincerely, Cathy Bower"

Kathy Jones wrote on Aug 26, 2020:

"To Nate?s Family my prayers are with you at the time. So sorry this young man was taken from you at such a young age. I didn?t know him personally but sounds like he was a wonderful person. God has called him to his heavenly home. RIP"

Brenda Stalder wrote on Aug 26, 2020:

"I am so sorry for the tremendous loss of Nathan. I was his English teacher his junior year and he was so much fun to have in class. I loved his wry sense of humor and unique perspective. Such a great kid!"

Hayden Fisher wrote on Aug 26, 2020:

"Nate was always so generous, caring, and smart. Nate was always there for me every weekend I came to visit my father in Quincy. He had an amazing imagination and could always think of ways to make my days in Quincy great. We would ride bikes down to our little hangout spot, or we would set up a make shift haunted house in his basement. Sometimes we would play dodgeball in his backyard or we would go play on his computer and he would show me the newest game he was getting into. No matter what day it was Nate always made mine and for that I?m deeply thankful for Nate being in my life. "

Mike & Betty Fischer wrote on Aug 25, 2020:

"You are in our hearts and prayers. I know you hear this a lot now, but the prayers will help you through. We never want our children to go before us. Just remember the good times. We love you. Aunt Betty and Uncle Mike"

Uncle Oop and Aunt Gloria wrote on Aug 25, 2020:

"There are no words to express our sadness at the loss of your beloved Nate. My condolences to his family and friends. I hope you find peace and comfort to help you through the difficult days ahead. "