Brian D. Guptill
Tuesday January 10, 2023 Prayers 9:45AM proceeding to St. James at Sag Bridge for Mass 10:30AM
Brian D. Guptill, age 75, of Burr Ridge, Illinois passed away from Advanced COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) on Thursday, January 5, 2023, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, Illinois while his beloved wife, Rhonda of 51 years, was by his side. Brian was born August 29, 1947 in Oakland, California. He was a loyal and devoted husband.
Brian's family left California for Hinsdale, Illinois when Brian was 9 years old after his father was transferred by Inland Ryerson Steel. After graduating from Hinsdale Central High School in 1966, Brian joined the United States Marine Corp on October 2, 1966 where he served for 3 years. During that time, he fought in Viet Nam for 13 months. Upon his return from Viet Nam, he was sent to the Marine Corp Air Station Cherry Point in Havelock, North Carolina where he became the base dispatcher until his discharge. The Marine Corp Air Station is one of the most important airfields operated by the United States government. Brian was injured in battle in Viet Nam and was grazed across the forehead. His Navy Corpsman, who tended his wound, recommended him to his superior officer for a Purple Heart. Brian turned down the Purple Heart as he felt there were more seriously injured Marines who were more deserving. Brian received the Marine Corp Expert Marksman status. He has a commemorative brick lining the walkway of the National Museum of the Marine Corp in Triangle, Va., near Quantico. Upon his discharge from the Marines, Brian went to trucking school and started his own transportation business called BG Transportation. He hauled steel coil materials for prestressed concrete jobsites for his father's construction business, Conesco Midcontinent Construction. After his father's passing and the close of Conesco, Brian sold his trucking equipment and closed his business and became a trucker for a disposal company where he worked for 28 years until his retirement at age 60.
Brian was an active golfer in his healthier days and he and wife Rhonda golfed regularly. He was a die-hard San Francisco 49ers fan and a San Francisco Giants fan for nearly 70 years. In high school he was a pitcher on the varsity baseball team at Hinsdale Central High School. He enjoyed scuba diving with his family in his younger years and was an avid skier. Brian was full of adventure. He went sky diving in Harbor Springs, Michigan, parasailing in Traverse City, Michigan, horseback riding in Squaw Valley, California, and plane gliding in Lake Tahoe, California. Brian and Rhonda have traveled to over 40 of the United States, Mexico, Hawaii, Bermuda, US and British Virgin Islands, Tahiti and Bora Bora. He and Rhonda swam with dolphins in Tahiti. He loved his Marine Corp and loved discussing politics. He was very handy and there wasn't much he couldn't fix around the house. Brian was larger than life and always commanded a big presence. He was considered quite the character by his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother Marjorie Louis Guptill, his father Joseph C. Guptill, his two brothers Brent and Clifford. He is survived by his wife Rhonda, his 3 sisters Jody Griese, Janice Guptill, and Suzy Close (Jim), his two nephews Geno and Jack, and his two nieces Rhianna and Caroline.
In the lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the COPD Foundation at www.copdfoundation.org.
A visitation will be held Monday, January 9, 2023, from 3 to 8 pm at Adolf Funeral Home, 7000 Madison St., Willowbrook, IL. To live stream the Chapel Service on Monday January 9th, at 7PM, click on the link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87906772325?pwd=NXpxd2lxc0JsWlBBaEt3UjE4WThPZz09
Funeral Services will be Tuesday, January 10, 2023 at 10:30am at St. James at Sag Bridge Catholic Church, 10600 Archer Ave., Lemont, IL. A live stream of the Mass is available through this link: www.asimplestreaming.com/bdguptill