Gary Englehorn

Gary Frederick Englehorn, age 82, a longtime resident of Naperville, IL, passed away October 19, 2019 at Brookdale of Lisle, IL. Family and friends gathered Friday, October 25 for a Memorial Service at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Naperville, IL. Inurnment followed at Ss. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Naperville, IL. For those wishing to leave a lasting tribute to Gary’s memory, donations to a charity of the donor’s choosing would be appreciated.

Gary was born July 23, 1937 in Lansing. Gary graduated from Lansing Public High School in 1955 and the State University of Iowa in 1961. In 1957, Gary had the pleasure of performing at the Rose Bowl as a cornet player in the Iowa Hawkeye marching band. Gary worked his entire career as a civil engineer for the Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago until his retirement in 1994.

Gary was an avid runner, participating in 5k and 10k races on the weekends, and was an honorary alumnus of the men’s cross country program at Naperville’s North Central College. He also did triathlons and was a member of the masters swim team at Edward Fitness Center.

Gary was an avid sports fan in general, especially baseball and basketball, as he enjoyed playing those sports in his youth and was always a team player. Some of his other interests include doing crossword puzzles, old time country music and traveling.  He loved going on trips with his wife with tour groups so that he could eat what the locals ate and learn as much as he could about other cultures. Locally, he was a member of the Knife and Fork Club of Naperville and Grace United Methodist Church.

Most of all, Gary will be remembered as being a devoted family man. He was always his daughter’s and grandchildren’s biggest fan at all of their sporting events and could often be seen cheering them on. He will be deeply missed.

He is survived by his daughter, Lauren (Jeremy) Rogers; his grandchildren, Abigail and Zachary Rogers; his sisters, Elinor (the late Leo) Meyer and Carol (the late Kenneth) MacDonald; and he was a fond uncle to many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Marilyn “Meg” Englehorn (nee Urda); his parents, Harold and Viette Englehorn; his siblings, John (the late Nancy) Englehorn and Ruth (Richard) Clauson.

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