Gilbert W. Willey, Jr.

Born: January 27, 1940
Died: January 5, 2018
Visitation: Thursday, January 11, 2018
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Michaels Funeral Home, 800 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg
Celebration of Life Service: Friday, January 12, 2018
Begins at 11:00 am
Interment: Dundee Township East Cemetery, East Dundee, IL

Gilbert W. Willey, Jr., 77, a long term resident of Arlington Heights was born on January 27, 1940 in Fox River Grove to the late Gilbert, Sr. and the late Marie (nee McGraw), and passed away peacefully on January 5, 2017 in Oak Lawn with his loving wife at his side.

Gilbert loved Astronomy and photography. Gilbert would talk with such joy about when he used to run the light show at the Adler Planetarium. He was a real “handy man”, like his father before him, and loved to help people with all types of projects to the point where it seemed there was nothing he couldn’t do. Gilbert was an Optical Engineer at Recon Optical in Barrington. Gilbert, who earned a Master of Science Degree in Mathematics, earned many awards and patents for his work in Optical Engineering. He was a member of the Optical Engineering Society and a member of the Good Templars in Geneva, Illinois.

Gilbert was the adoring husband of 22 years to Janet (nee Pearson) and previously to Elaine (nee Wanic); loving father to Mark (Melissa), Lauren, Jennifer (Gary), and Keven; loving Stepfather to Thomas, Bob, and Janet (Matt). Loving Grandfather to Kerry, Perry, Quin, Emma, Nick, Tom, Victoria, Briana, Oliva, Alexa. Loving Great Grandfather to Joshua, Blake, Luke. Beloved godson to Rosemary McGraw; dear friend to many. He will be missed by all those whose lives he touched. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Gilbert’s name to DePaul University, 1 East Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60604 — Attn: Advanced Gift Processing.

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