Joseph P. Gilles

–  12/05/2016


Joseph Patrick Gilles 69, of Lombard. Beloved husband of 46 years to Frances nee Hawkinson, loving father of Joseph E., Peter (Lisa) , Timothy (Elyse), Theresa Gilles, Roseann (Matt) Marotz, and the late Michelle Marie Gilles, dear grandfather of Matthew, Elisebeth, Lillie, Charlie, Courtney and Bethany, fond brother of William (Kathy), Michael (Linda), dear brother in law of Jean, Mary, and Annise (the late Donald) Hawkinson, uncle and great uncle of many. Visitation 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday Dec 11, 2016 at Steuerle Funeral Home 350 S. Ardmore Ave, Villa Park, IL. Family and friends to gather on Monday 9:00 a.m. until Mass time 10:00 a.m. at St. Alexander Church 300 S. Cornell, Villa Park, IL Interment private.

Joe, son of Joseph L. and Stella (Gruby), grew up in South Dakota along with his two brothers, where he gained his passion for the outdoors. He instilled this passion in his children and grandchildren along with the importance of family, friends, and faith. You could find Joe behind the camera lens getting the perfect photo, waterside going after the one that got away, patiently sitting in his deer stand, or softly reading a story to his grandchildren. As a former Eagle Scout, Joe believed in giving back. He was a proud 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus and founding scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 199 in Villa Park. His involvement with the scout troop extended well beyond his sons tenures in the troop. Joe saw the humor in things and enjoyed spinning a good campfire story. His kind heart and dedication to those he loved will be greatly missed.

Joe wanted his giving spirit to extend beyond his earthly time, and asked that in lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the “St. Therese Scholarship Fund,” noting the gift is “In memory of Joseph P. Gilles.”

St. Therese Scholarship Fund
St. Therese of Jesus Catholic School
Attn: Mr Neis, Principal
255 N. Farnsworth Ave.
Aurora, IL 60505




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