Avron Gensburg died peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at the age of 98. He was the son of the late Samuel and Dora Gensburg. He is survived by his beloved wife Nancy Gensburg to whom he was married for 72 wonderful years, his younger sister Joyce Eisner, and his three sons and their families: John and Betsy Gensburg, Lane and Simona Gensburg, and Matthew and Carol Gensburg. Loving grandfather to Deborah Kerrigan, Samuel, Danielle, Luke, Mark and Andrew Gensburg, and great grandfather to Avigail and Elijah Kerrigan. Born in Chicago, Avron spent his early years in Iowa before his family moved back to Illinois, where he spent the remainder of his childhood in the town of Winnetka. He attended New Trier High School, and during the Second World War enlisted in the Army Air force where he served as an aerial photographer. At the end of the war, he attended Northwestern University and, upon graduating, went to work with his father who had founded Chicago Dynamic Industries, Inc. which manufactured "Chicago Coin" coin operated arcade equipment. Frequently traveling to Japan for business, Avron would often stop in Anchorage, Alaska and he fell in love with the State and its people. Avron began investing in real estate in Alaska, where he completed several residential developments. The land he bought was undeveloped and so wild that it was possible to encounter wolves or bears when Avron would inspect the parcels he was interested in buying. Avron's travels to Japan and Alaska inspired his life-long love affair with travel, a passion which he instilled in his family. An artist at heart and extremely creative, Avron enjoyed building things, which ranged from elaborate ornamental stone ponds at their home in Highland Park to restoring antique furniture. Well into his 90s, he could be found working outside planting gardens and building brick paved walkways and patios. An avid reader with a keen interest in politics as well as national and international news, Avron subscribed to multiple newspapers and magazines which he would read every evening. He exhibited a zest for life unrestricted by age and talked about traveling to Alaska and Israel weeks before he passed away. Avron loved his wife and family and looked forward to weekly visits by his children and their families. While Avron's family is saddened by his passing, they also celebrate his long and very interesting life, which will be remembered for years to come. Donations may be made in Avron's memory to Mat-Su Senior Services, 1132 S. Chugach St. Palmer, Alaska 99645. Arrangements by Weinstein & Piser Funeral Home 847-256-5700.
Published by Chicago Tribune on Apr. 18, 2021.