HUNTLEY– Gerald E. "Gerry" Grosskurth, 78, of Sun City, Huntley, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, following a lengthy illness.|
He was born Aug. 7, 1935, in Chicago, the son of Edwin Joseph and Martha (Grega) Grosskurth.
He was raised in the south suburbs of Chicago and graduated from St. Willibrord High School. He joined the Illinois State Police and was assigned to District 4 in Crestwood. He was drafted into the United States Army and following his discharge returned to the Illinois State Police, where he worked for more than 30 years, retiring as a lieutenant in 1986. He then worked as an investigator for the MWRD of Chicago.
He was united in marriage to Gail Marion on Sept. 1, 1996, in Des Plaines. The couple moved to Huntley in 2000, and in his retirement he enjoyed time with family, fitness and walking, Notre Dame Football, old-time radio and was a devoted member of St. Mary Catholic Church.
He is survived by his wife, Gail of Huntley; his siblings, Gayle (Albert) Simnick and Richard (Virginia) Grosskurth of Dyer, Ind., and Phyllis Grosskurth and Janet (William) Noonan of Calumet City; his sister-in-law, Cynthia Grosskurth of Crown Point, Ind.; his stepchildren, Jeffrey (Diane) Marion of Traverse City, Mich., Lisa (Roy) Kauffman of Elgin and David (Janet) Marion of Palatine; 10 stepgrandchildren, Brad, Corrine, Alex, Taylor, Rebecca, Samuel, Carol, Sarah, Grace and Olivia; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Philip.
The visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at DeFiore-Jorgensen Funeral Home, 10763 Dundee Road, Huntley, and from 9:30 a.m. until the funeral Mass celebration at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 10307 Dundee Road, Huntley. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Huntley.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Catholic Extension Society or the Alzheimer's Foundation.
For information, call 847-515-8772. Online condolences can be directed to www.defiorejorgensen.com.
Published in the Northwest Herald on Oct. 17, 2013