Jimmy Allen Gregory
Born: November 15, 1945 in Mount Vernon, IL
Died: February 1, 2021 in DeKalb, IL
Jimmy Allen (Bud) Gregory, of Dekalb, IL, passed away on February 1st, 2021, at the Dekalb County Rehab and Nursing Center. He was 75 years old.
Bud was born on November 15, 1945, in Mount Vernon, IL, to Robert and Christine (Brookman) Gregory.
Bud was preceded in death by his father, Robert Gregory, mother, Christine Green, and two sisters (Patricia and Barbara).
Bud was most well known for his role in the fitness and bodybuilding community. He first entered the world of fitness and bodybuilding in 1983, at Champions Gym, in Rockford, IL. He was the very first member of Champions, even before the doors had officially opened. He quickly went from member to employee. Thus, a long and successful career in the field of fitness and bodybuilding was born.
Years later, Bud moved to the Dekalb-Sycamore area and began working at Fourth Street Fitness, followed by The Wright Athletic Club, and finally, Fitworkz. After retiring from Fitworkz, Bud was in charge of the fitness facility at Stone Prairie, where he lived at the time.
Bud played a crucial role in the Northern Illinois fitness and bodybuilding community for over 30 years. He won many trophies and titles along the way, including Mr. Rockford and Mr. Illinois, just to name a few. More importantly, Bud won countless hearts along the way.
Bud is survived by his daughter, Wendy (Brian) Kapple, Four grandchildren; ( Mackenzie, Joseph, Luke and James), One great-grandson; (Miles), Four sisters; (Janice, Ginger, Debbie, and Vicki), Two brothers; (Bobby and Ronnie) and
Many nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, August 20, 2021, from 5:00PM till 8:00PM in the DeKalb Columbus Club 1336 East Lincoln Highway DeKalb, IL, 60115.
Published by Daily-Chronicle from Aug. 2 to Aug. 13, 2021.