Gregory Wayne Novak, 55, of Woodridge, passed away peacefully at home on Dec. 4th from a brain tumor. Born in Texas on Oct 15, 1957 and raised here and in Europe. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Teri and children Andrea, Daniel, Claire and Jeffrey. Beloved son of the late Phyllis and Lawrence Novak. Also survived by his step-mother Sheila Rodin-Novak, brother Ray (Ruth) Novak, Gail (Tony) Munoz and many nieces, nephews and other relatives. "Grumpypaw" to a number of pets. Active member of Boy Scouts of America for many years, an avid Sci Fi reader, computer "nerd" and RV camper. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him. Visitation 4 to 9 pm Thursday and Friday at Hallowell & James Funeral Home, 301-75th Street, Downers Grove, where a service to honor his life will be held at 11 am on Saturday. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Boy Scouts of America DesPlaines Valley Council, 811 W. Hillgrove Ave. in LaGrange, Kellogg Cancer Center Northshore Univ. Health System, www.northshore.org/foundation
or St.Thomas Hospice in Hinsdale. Funeral info: 630-964-6500.