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Richard "Dick" M. Gurzynski
12/21/2021
Location
Willowbrook
Visitation
Monday December 27th from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Services
Tuesday December 28th, prayers 9:15 at the funeral home. Mass 10:00 am at St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church, Hinsdale.
Burial Location
Entombment: Queen of Heaven Cemetery - Christ the King Mausoleum

Richard “Dick” Marion Gurzynski, age 91, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, December 21 at his Hinsdale home. He was born April 3, 1930 in Chicago and married the love of his life, Dorothy née Jankowski, on May 7, 1955. Dick is preceded in death by Dorothy; his infant son, Gregg; his brother, Edward “Smiley”; and his sister, Melaine. Dick is survived by his children: Janice (Thomas) Nieman, Jacqueline (R. Michael) DeSalle, Jayne (Philip) Euwer, and Gary (Sally) Gurzynski. He was a devoted grandfather to Molly (Bryan) Smith, Kristina (William Jr.) Cossen, Philip “Bryson” (Lauren) Euwer Jr., Rebecca DeSalle, Benjamin Euwer, Amanda (Patrick) Barkley, R. Michael DeSalle Jr., Victoria Nieman, and Matthew Gurzynski. Dick loved nothing more than playing with his great grandchildren: Catherine Elise Cossen, Cameron Richard Smith, William Stephen Cossen III, Avery Allison Smith, and Layla James Euwer.

Growing up, Dick was blessed with a quick wit and an even quicker hand; he pitched for his neighborhood’s numerous baseball games and never missed a Cubs game. Dick served as a cartographer in the Navy from 1951 to 1955 while courting Dorothy. After their wedding, Dick put himself through college, graduating with a civil engineering degree. He later worked as a stockbroker, which led him to a lifelong interest in investing. Dick was also an avid golfer and belonged to several golf clubs, including Riverside Golf Club and Prestwick Country Club. Between family time, golfing, and keeping abreast of stock market trends, Dick was a busy man indeed. Dick and Dorothy also built a business together (CGI Automated Manufacturing), which their children Janice and Gary now manage. Among all these activities, they somehow found time to travel the world. Together, they visited every continent; favorite destinations include Australia, Canada, China, and of course Scotland for golf trips. When their grandchildren were growing up, they treated the extended family to annual vacations; favorite locations included Cabo San Lucas and Maui.

Dick and Dorothy had many impressive successes in their life together but would count none so special as their family. Dick and Dorothy set a beautiful example for their children and grandchildren with their marriage. They worked hard and loved their family harder. In almost 65 years of marriage, not a day went by that Dorothy’s “Dickens” did not make her laugh. Dick’s greatest legacy is his family. The love and lessons he bestowed on his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren are immense and will continue to be felt by all. His presence and jokes will be truly missed.

Visitation Monday December 27th from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Funeral service Tuesday December 28th, prayers 9:15 at the funeral home, proceeding to Mass 10:00 am at St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church, Hinsdale. Entombment: Queen of Heaven Cemetery - Christ the King Mausoleum.

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