Sandlin "Sandy" Gillen

Aug 22, 2019
Gillen, Sandy news


11:00 AM, September 9, 2019, at Walnut Ridge Baptist Church, 1307 W Ridgeway Ave., Waterloo


4:00 to 7:00 PM, September 8, 2019, at Locke Funeral Home, 1519 West 4th St., Waterloo


Garden of Memories Cemetery, Waterloo



Sandlin “Sandy” Gillen, 93, of Waterloo, formerly of Elk Run Heights, died Thursday, August 22, 2019, at Rosewood Estate.

Sandy was born October 23, 1925 in Richmond, KY, the son of Pearl Gillen. He married Laurene Mae Dally August 13, 1946, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA; she preceded him in death December 11, 2016.

He served in the United States Army during World War II in the European Theater. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was a POW. He was a district supervisor for Orkin Exterminating for many years. He was also the mayor of Elk Run Heights for 22 years.

Sandy is survived by four sons, Steve (Jane) Gillen‚ of Waterloo‚ IA, Dan (Lacinda) Gillen of Marshalltown‚ IA, Sandlin (Joy) Gillen of Longview‚ TX, and Tim (Patty) Gillen of Lakewood Ranch, FL; a daughter, Sheryl Moser of Racine‚ WI; 12 grandchildren, Renée Gillen, Blake Gillen, Laura (Scott) Hughes, Brett Gillen, Matt Gillen, Zach (Sara) Gillen Megan (Derek) Jacobson, Christina Gillen, and Alyssa Gillen, Carrie (Jason) Minikus, Mike (Ashley) Lentzkow, and Tom (Sarah) Lentzkow; and 13 great-grandchildren, Kylee Hughes, Levi, Layna, and Lakin Jacobson, Ella, Rhiya, and Ezra Minikus, Hunter, Tanner, and Drake Lentzkow, Hudson Lentzkow, Barrett Lentzkow, and Beckett Gillen.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Debra Lentzkow; two sons-in-law, Lloyd Lentzkow and John Moser.

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  1. Jody Dally Antoniou | Sep 18, 2019

    Sandlin, Sheryl, Steve, Timmy and Danny and Families,

    We will never forget Uncle Sandy and his kind, gentle nature.  He had such a wonderful interest in people and a unique way of making everyone feel special.  He and Aunt Laurene always talked about going to Greece with Takis and I and I remember how pleased they were when Takis' mom came to visit us in MN and we made the trip to Waterloo to see the Living Christmas Tree.   She joins us in expressing our deepest sympathy.

    I remember all the visits with my parents, the laughter and the love.  I am thankful that Uncle Sandy and Aunt Laurene were a big part of my growing up and of Taci and Niki's too.  

    Who could ever forget his giggle?

    May his memory bring you joy.  May his memory be eternal.


    Jody and Takis Antoniou

    Anastacia Antoniou Zahl and Family

    Nikoletta Antoniou Dalaska and Family

    Yioryia Antoniou



  2. Mark & Joyce | Sep 09, 2019

    Our prayers are with you. May you feel God's love and presence in the days to come.

    Mark and Joyce Peterson

  3. Denise Perrott | Sep 07, 2019

    Carrie, Jason and family,

    So sorry to hear of your grandpa's passing. I know that you had such a special relationship with him, and that he meant the world to you. I also know you meant the world to him. You always made special time for him and he could always count on you being there for him. I hope it will help your heart be at peace, knowing you always did all you could do for him. The wonderful memories you will always have with you;of the great joy your family brought to him and with the quality time you spent together. All my sympathies to you and your family.


  4. Janet | Aug 31, 2019
    There are hardly any words to express how much I will miss my visits with Uncle Sandy. My family and I were able to visit him the past several summers when we came for a visit from our home in North Carolina. My fondest memories are of he and Aunt Laurene sharing and disagreeing about how they met and dated. I loved their stories of finding out, at the birth, that they had twins. We rushed to see Uncle Sandy in July and he still told us to drive safely home and asked my husband about his job. Uncle Sandy and I could never say goodbye without tears. What a beautiful tender heart. My life has been forever enriched by his joy, love of life, love of his children, and of his forever love of Aunt Laurene. My kids will never forget the candy jar when we visited them at their house. I am praying for all of my cousins and extended family during this time. I can't wait to see Uncle Sandy and Aunt Laurene in Heaven. My Dad was there to greet him at the gate I am sure. My love to you all! Janet (Chezik) Megilligan "Well done, thou good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of the Lord." Matthew 25:21
  5. Megan Hild | Aug 28, 2019
    I will miss this man more than I can express. I regret with all my heart, not being able to say goodbye to him. The family and other loved ones have my sincerest condolences. 
  6. Ken Chezik | Aug 24, 2019
    We have lost a great man. So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with the family in their time of grief.

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