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Gary Chess

September 17, 1955 May 27, 2019
Gary Chess
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Obituary for Gary Chess

Chess, Gary. Age 63

Devoted father of Stephanie (Dave) Barrett, Lindsay Smith and Craig Chess.
Proud grandfather of Addison, Jessica, Cooper, and Colt.

Lifelong Chicago sports fan, devoted grandpa, loving dad, and Crown Royal aficionado died peacefully Monday, May 27. Gary Chess of Mokena, IL lived a happy and full life with his three children, Steph (Dave), Lindsay, and Craig. Early on, he began his love of sports climbing the trees outside of Wrigley. He passed the passion on to his son as they toured the country visiting all 30 MLB stadiums. While he tried to turn his daughters into softball players, he connected with Steph over their love of colorful language and with Lindsay over her “blonde” moments.

He was lucky to have built friendships at an early age and cherished them for over 50 years. From playing on the blacktops in Franklin Park to standing up in each other’s weddings to celebrating the births of their kids and grandkids, they’ve been through almost as much as the Chicago Cubs!

With no formal education after high school, Gary worked his way up in the steel industry and recently retired as President of National Tube Supply in University Park. Gary made his living here, but also friendships that turned into family. When he wasn’t catching games, he spent countless hours with his grandkids, Addison, Jessica, Colt, and Cooper, who adored him. From teaching them the lyrics to Go Cubs, Go, to sitting down to read them stories, it was clear that he would do anything for them...even ride the Astro Orbiter!

He will be loved, missed, and remembered forever! Go Cubs, Go!

Memorial Visitation Thursday 3p.m. until time of prayer 6:45 p.m. at Robert J. Sheehy and Sons Funeral Home, 9000 W. 151st Street, Orland Park, IL.

Interment Private 708-857-7878

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Memorial Visitation




3:00 PM 5/30/2019 3:00:00 PM - 6:45 PM 5/30/2019 6:45:00 PM
Robert J. Sheehy & Sons Funeral Home - Orland Park

9000 W. 151st St.
Orland Park, IL 60462

Robert J. Sheehy & Sons Funeral Home - Orland Park
9000 W. 151st St. Orland Park 60462 IL
United States

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