Kenneth M. Gricki, 74 years old, a U.S. Army Veteran, having served in the Vietnam War. A life-long resident of Lombard, Illinois, he loved fishing with his brothers, watching fishing shows on TV, and old-school wrestling – going to live events or just watching matches on TV were equally entertaining to him. Baron von Raschke was just one in the long list of his favorite wrestlers over the years. He loved watching Dog the Bounty Hunter whenever it aired on TV and he got the biggest kick out of meeting him in person when the Dog came to Batavia in 2008 to give an inspirational speech to the residents at Mooseheart. He was a big fan of the Chicago CUBS and baseball great Ernie Banks. Kenny had a great sense of humor and a great way of telling stories. With his many facial expressions and arm movements, he’d get quite animated – which always made it fun to watch while listening to him! He loved dogs, and you could be sure he’d always have a dog bone or two (or ten) hidden in his pockets for whenever his next door neighbors dogs would come outside. He had an inquiring mind and amazed you with the amount of things he knew! Ask him about anything, be it movies, sports, singers, actors, whatever! You wanted to know something? He’d be your go-to source.
Kenny was the proud and devoted second oldest son to the late John & Lorraine Gricki. A cherished brother and brother-in-law to Larry (& Mary), Pam (& Stan) Powell, Sandy (& Brian) McCann, and Paul, his youngest brother. His oldest brother Johnny and two infant brothers, Tommy & Billy preceded him in death. A fun Uncle to Stanley Powell Jr., Jason (& Kate) Powell, Scott Powell (& Erin Talley), Matthew Powell, and Sharon Powell, a fond nephew to his Aunt Kay Gricki, cousin to Mikie (& Janis) Gricki, Diane Geier, Meghan (& Matt) Dahm and a Great Uncle to so many young ones...
Kenny was once asked what words of wisdom would he want to share for posterity’s sake – his answer? “Never give up the faith”. Well, we won’t Kenny. Though your family will miss you terribly, until we meet up again, we’ll keep the faith.
Visitation will be Monday, April 5th from 3 PM-8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. Funeral services begin Tuesday, April 6th, with prayers at 9:30 AM from Brust Funeral Home to Sacred Heart Church, 114 S. Elizabeth Street, Lombard, for a 10 AM Mass. Interment will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 1400 S. Wolf Rd., Hillside, IL.
In lieu of flowers (due to COVID-19,) memorials in Kenny’s name to the American Heart Association, Midwest Affiliate, 3816 Paysphere Cir., Chicago, IL 60674 would be appreciated.
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American Heart Association, Midwest Affilitae
3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago IL 60674