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Bruce Gilbert ParkJuly 28, 1937 ~ July 3, 2017 (age 79)
Bruce Gilbert Park, 79, of Chattanooga and formerly of Orland Park, Tinley Park and Wilmington, Illinois, passed away July 3, 2017 at his home.
Bruce Gilbert was a son of Andrew Park, Jr. and Lena Park (nee Conroy). He was raised in Decatur, and graduated from Millikin University. Bruce retired as the Executive VP and COO of Beverly Bancor.
Bruce enjoyed backpacking; section hiked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Vermont, and hiked the Grand Canyon, Isle Royale and the Ozark Highland Trail to mention a few. He also took pleasure in whitewater rafting, which included the Middle and Main Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho, the New River and Gauley River, both in West Virginia, the Monongahela River in Pennsylvania, and the Colorado River.
Bruce also loved creating stained glass pieces, stamp collecting, history, reading, day hikes, travel, and bird watching.
Survivors include his wife Margaret Park (nee Murphy), whom he married October 5, 1997 in Sycamore, IL; nine children: Daniel Park (Rosalie) of New York, NY, Benjamin Park, Michael Park (Marcia) of Tolono, IL, Valerie Togliatti (Tim) of Coal City, IL, Lena Price (William) of Port Orchard, WA, Maria Holstead (Jon) of Chicago, IL, Charles M. Peterson, III of Joliet, IL, Laurel Kherani (Noorali) of Wheaton, IL, and Elizabeth Michuda of Libertyville, IL; (11) grandchildren; one sister Florence Catherine Hovis (James) of DeKalb, IL; one brother George Park (Linda) of Decatur, IL; sister-in-law Sandra Linkletter (Gary Driscoll) of Norwalk, IA, and several nieces & nephews, as well as numerous cousins.
Bruce was predeceased by his wife Barbara Park and daughter Camille Park.
Visitation will be Friday, July 14, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Baskerville Funeral Home, 700 E. Kahler Rd. in Wilmington. Funeral service will follow Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home. Cremation rites will be accorded following the services.
Preferred memorials may be to the American Cancer Society.
Family and friends may sign the guest book, upload photographs or share Bruce's memorial page online by logging onto: www.BaskervilleFuneral.com
Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington. (815-476-2181)
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