Francis J. Gay, 93 – Riverside Brookfield Landmark

Francis J. Gay

Francis J. “Frank” Gay, 93, of LaGrange Park, died May 4, 2022 at his home.

Mr. Gay was born in Oak Park on July 18, 1938. He served in the US Army during the Korean War and was a longtime member of Broadview/Hillside American Legion Post #626.

He worked as a unionized sheet metal worker before retiring. Mr. Gay’s greatest joy was to be surrounded by his children and grandchildren for any celebration. He enjoyed many ship, captain, and crew games with them in addition to his monthly matches with his fellow Legionnaires. A fan of the Indy 500, he inspired three other generations of racing fans.

He was the husband of the late Kathryne “Kay” (née Leufgen); father of the late Mary Jane (Roger) Leisten, James (Susan) Gay, Donald (Anna) Gay and Robert (Ann) Gay; Michelle Leisten’s dad, Kari (Rich) Bauerlein, Amy (John) Moore, Jamie (Brandon) Strauss, James (Shannon) Keating, Jackie (Matt) Boskovich, John Keating, Kara Keating, Kevin Gay, Natalie Gay, Michael Gay , Ryan Gay, Brandon Gay and Adam Gay; great-father of Evan and Mila Bauerlein, Owen Moore, Max and Axel Strauss, Calum and Ada Keating, Zoey, Hailey and Penelope Boskovich; the brother of Marianne (late Raymond) Billings; the brother-in-law of Mary Ann (Karl) Knorps, the deceased of the Leufgen family and the uncle of numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 11 from 9:00 a.m. until prayer time at 11:00 a.m. at Johnson-Nosek Funeral Home, 3847 Prairie Ave., Brookfield. Burial is in Queen of Heaven Cemetery.

Memorials are appreciated at Broadview/Hillside American Legion Post #626, 4941 Butterfield Road, Hillside, 60162.

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