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GEORGE G. GEKAS

George G. Gekas of Lake Villa George G. Gekas, 84, passed away Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at Advocate Condell Medical Center, Libertyville, IL. He was born May 27, 1928, in Chicago, the son of Gus G. and Panigiotta (nee Nicholopoulos) Gekas. He was preceded in death by his parents; and dear brothers, John G. and Ernest G. Gekas. George leaves behind his loving wife, Yvonne; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends. George was a prominent entrepreneur and businessman beginning as a shoe shine boy, "wipe 'em off for a nickel, shine 'em for a dime." At 8 years old, he owned his own newspaper stand; and his first grocery store at 17. George was most proud of his service to his country during the Korean War, where he served in the U.S. Army. George became a buyer for meat and dairy for the U.S Government overseas during his military career. George's successful career includes the meat packing business as founder of Empire Packing grocery business, and a founding member/brother of Gekas Brothers Supermarket. George was quite involved in residential and commercial industrial developments all over the country. He also owned nationwide self-storage facilities, office warehouses, and warehouse facilities, as well as apartment complexes. George's success was not only business and finance, but charitable as well. He was proud to be a mentor to the Boy's Club, benefactor of the Trevor Grade School, Trevor, WI, and contributor to many other charities aiding the disadvantaged. He was a proud Mason of Washburn Lodge #145 of Bristol, WI. George touched the lives of all he came into contact with; his favorites saying "lose a dollar, make a friend. I got a lot of friends." Farewell "Uncle George," you are deeply treasured but extremely missed by your countless family and friends. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at Saints Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church, 1401 Wagner Road., Glenview, IL 60025, with Rev. Fr. James Dokos, officiating. Interment will follow in Elmwood Cemetery, River Grove, IL. Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, with the Washburn Masonic Lodge service at 7 p.m. at the Strang Funeral Home of Antioch, 1055 Main St. (Route 83), Antioch, IL, and at the church, from 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, until the time of services. For information, 847-395-4000. In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make contributions to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 2211 N. Oak Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60635, in George's memory. Please sign our online guest book at www.strangfh.com.
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Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Feb. 12, 2013
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