Gary C. Gould, 81, of Oak Park, died on June 21, 2022, after courageously fighting glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) for 15 months. Born on Feb. 19, 1941, in Rock Island, Illinois, he grew up in Chillicothe, Illinois. He ventured west to California and then returned to the Midwest to begin his career with the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad in 1961 but was drafted into the Army and served from 1963-65. He was a military policeman, first stationed at The Presidio in San Francisco, before finishing his service in Vietnam. Upon his return, he resumed working as a structural ironworker for the C&NW, which would later become part of Union Pacific Railroad. Over the course of his 54 years, he worked on bridges throughout the Midwest and Plains states, eventually becoming a foreman and ARASA (American Railway and Airway Supervisors Association) member before retiring in 2015.
An avid do-it-yourselfer, Gary and Carol remodeled their home and helped many family members and friends with their projects. A fan of all Chicago sports teams, he could most often be found cheering on the athletic pursuits of his grandchildren. He also enjoyed traveling with his wife to places such as Italy and Hawaii, making regular trips to Cabo San Lucas and Alaska.
And he was a loyal parishioner of St. Bernardine Parish.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Carroll and Helen (Kain) Gould; his in-laws, Raymond and Susan Strebel; his sisters, Jeanette Cox and Sandra Grisham, and his brothers-in-law, Peter Strebel and Jerry Strebel.
Gary is survived by Carol Strebel Gould, his wife of 55 years; his children, Eric Gould (Cindy), Monica Luczak (Mark), Jennifer Zarosl (Matt), and Shawn Gould (Faith); his grandchildren, Charlotte and Audrey Gould, Brandon, Connor and Hannah Luczak, Abby, Jessica and Ella Zarosl, Samantha and Jameson Gould; his brothers, Ron (Iris) Gould, Dennis (Nancy) Gould, Carol Ann Pence, Norman (Carol) Gould, and Bruce (Diane) Gould; his brothers-in-law, John Strebel and Charles (Judy) Strebel; 15 nephews and nine nieces.
Visitation was held on June 27 at Woodlawn Funeral Home in Forest Park. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, June 28, at 11 a.m. at St. Bernardine Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Glioblastoma Foundation at Glioblastomafoundation.org.