Walter Dexter Poole, 74, of River Forest, died on Aug. 1, 2018. Born in Oak Park, he lived in the Austin neighborhood until the age of 12. After his father died, the family moved to the Taylor Street neighborhood on Chicago’s near West Side. He attended St. Philip High School and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from DePaul University. 

Mr. Poole had a very successful career in advertising, working for such agencies as Tathum, Laird, and Kudner; DDB Needham; and J. Walter Thompson. As a creative director, he created and wrote the Hubba Bubba campaign, featuring an Old West motif whose hero was “The Gumfighter.” He also wrote ads for Wrigley Spearmint Gum, McDonald’s and Audi, among others. 

He also wrote over a dozen screenplays. Though none were ultimately produced, he received a lot of attention from two legendary Hollywood producers: Barbara De Fina and Jean Doumanian. 

Dexter Poole is survived by his children, Julie (Shaun) Krueger and Jon; his grandchildren, Nolan, Liam and Declan Krueger; and his siblings, James (Carol) and Geraldine (Charles) DiLise. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Angelica (nee Shultz), and siblings Lorraine and Thomas. 

There will be a celebration of Dexter’s life at Cheney Mansion, 220 N. Euclid Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302 on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. 

Please make any charitable donations to either the Marc Lustgarten Pancreatic Cancer Foundation ( or Amnesty International.

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