PEORIA - Gregory J. "Greg" Saskowski, 50, a resident of Peoria, died suddenly and unexpectedly Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at Trinity Medical Center in Moline, Ill.
Funeral services to celebrate the life of Greg will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home, 614 Main St., downtown Davenport, Iowa. Burial will take place in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Davenport. Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. There will be additional visitation from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday at the funeral home.
Gregory John Saskowski was born on Dec. 10, 1962, a son of Robert N. and Eleanor M. "Ellen" (Szalko) Saskowski. He attended the University of Iowa and St. Ambrose University. At Iowa, he participated in the marching band and was able to play at the Rose Bowl in 1981.
Greg went to work for Avis Car Rental in 1985 and spent 27 years with the Avis/Budget Group. He currently was working as a regional manager. Greg had a tremendous work ethic, sometimes working 80 hours a week.
He had a brilliant mind and learned to speak Polish, French, Spanish and German. This came in handy with his profession as he was able to write programming in all these different languages and help customers whose native language wasn't English.
Greg had a passion for classical music and driving, sometimes picking up and leaving without his family knowing. Once he drove to Alaska and back before his family knew, and every year he was able to drive down to Phoenix to spend a few weeks.
Greg was a unique and generous soul. He was very loyal to his family but also very competitive, not missing a chance to dominate in cards or board games.
Memorials may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Des Moines Chapter.
Greg is survived by his parents, Robert and Alexis Saskowski of Bettendorf, Iowa; sister, Mary (Gary Moses) Jackson of Clive, Iowa; brothers, Randy (Sheri) Saskowski of Geneseo, Ill., Dustin (Molly) Colvin of Parkville, Mo., and Robert (Niki) Colvin of Gladstone, Mo.; nieces and nephews, Alana Jackson, Maksym Saskowski, Jacob Jensen, Chelsea Fender, and Mikaela, Chloe, Patrick, Bradan, Colvin, Londyn and Draivyn Colvin; and an extended loving family.
Greg was preceded in death by his mother, Ellen; an infant brother, Jeffery Ronald Saskowski; a nephew, Quinn Noah Colvin; and his maternal and paternal grandparents.
Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Greg's obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome. com.