Gregory S. Junkin
1941 - 2021
November 6, 1941
January 10, 2021
Lake Forest
On Sunday, January 10, 2021, Gregory Stephen Junkin of Lake Bluff, IL, Roswell, GA, and formerly Sea Island, GA, loving husband and father, peacefully passed away at the age of 79 after a long illness.

Gregory was born on November 6, 1941 in Queens, NY to Raymond and Muriel (McCabe) Junkin. He graduated from New York University with a degree in finance and accounting. Gregory had an incredible career beginning at the New York Stock Exchange. In 1965 he joined Dean Witter and became a principal at 29 years of age. In 1973 Gregory became a general partner and Vice President of The Balcor Company. In 1981 Gregory and his partners formed a small investment group to purchase the Chicago White Sox baseball team. Balcor was sold in 1982 to an American Express subsidiary and Gregory was asked by American Express to remain and serve as Vice Chairman of Balcor. In 1984 Gregory was also appointed Chairman of Balcor Entertainment Company, Ltd. He retired from his positions in 1987. Gregory was a long standing board member of Guarantee Trust Life Insurance Company.

Gregory had a passion for golf and loved his years as an active member at Conway Farms Golf Club and formerly Knollwood Club. Gregory was known for his quick wit, his infectious smile, and sense of humor. Gregory was a natural storyteller, and often the life of a party. In 2001 Gregory married the love of his life, Joanne Tinsley.

Gregory was preceded in death by his father, Raymond, and his mother, Muriel. He is survived by his loving wife Joanne, his three daughters, Hilary Junkin, Heather Van Wagner (Ellis), Whitney Junkin, and step-daughters, Sarah Lane (Eric), Tinsley English (Stephen), his brother Scott Junkin, and 8 grandchildren, Taylor Van Wagner, Hunter Van Wagner, Riley Van Wagner, Nicholas Junkin, Lilian Pedian, Charlie Pedian, Madison Lane, Ella English.

A celebration of Gregory's life is planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, 225 E. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. Info: Wenban Funeral Home, Lake Forest (847) 234-0022 or

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With caring thoughts and love
January 18, 2021
Our hearts and prayers are with you Heather, Ellis and family during this difficult time. Your Dad was also so friendly, warm and kind and we always enjoyed seeing him at the baseball games cheering the boys on. A true class act.
Tom and Kathy Reed
January 13, 2021