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Industry veteran Gerard McKeown, 62, of Sugar Grove, Illinois, died suddenly on Nov. 13, 2021.
Visitation will be on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021 from 1:30 p.m. until the 2:30 p.m. funeral service at Willow Creek Huntley, 38W133 Huntley Rd, Dundee Township, Illinois, 60118. Please use the West Door and the West Parking Lot. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to The American Heart Association.
Gerard was born on Feb. 17, 1959 in White Plains, New York, the son of William B. McKeown and Catherine (Bonacci) McKeown. He attended Stepinac High School and graduated from Georgetown University in 1981. He went on to become a vice president of sales and marketing in the water treatment industry. He had two children, Madison and Breslin, whom he adored. On June 25, 2018, he married Gina G. Raine. Gerard was a people person and could talk with anyone. He had a keen sense of humor and loved to laugh. He loved music and sports and was a great storyteller with a wealth of knowledge. He loved people but his greatest love was his family, especially his wife, Gina, and his children. He never met an animal he didn’t love. Gerard loved to cook and was famous for making pizza and preparing Thanksgiving dinner for family and friends. He was a kind, smart and loving person who will be missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife, Gina, his children Madison “Madi” McKeown and Breslin (Riley) McKeown with his former wife Shelly McKeown, and by his stepdaughter, Samantha “Sam” Zeilinger. He is also survived by his twin brother Thad (Anne) McKeown, brother Morgan (Julie) McKeown, sister Mary Adele “Doll” (Peter) Gavin and by many cousins, nieces and nephews who all loved him very much. He left us way too soon. Rest in peace Rard, we miss you already and will treasure our memories of you forever and ever.
For further information please call the funeral home at 847-515-8772 or online condolences may be directed to www.defiorefuneral.com.