George Stybr, Jr.

SHOREWOOD—George H. Stybr, Jr., 84, of Shorewood, formerly of Coal City and Joliet, passed away on Monday, July 30, 2018, at The Timbers of Shorewood, after a hard-fought battle with cancer and Parkinson’s. He passed away with his dear friend, Tina Walker by his side.
George was born in Aug. 1933 in Morris to his parents, George H. Stybr, Sr. and Gertrude (Purcell) of Coal City. Immediately out of high school, George went to work for Caterpillar Inc. in Joliet, starting in the factory and working his way up through the company.  He was Personnel Manager for 30 years and ended his long career with Caterpillar as Training Manager.  George loved four-part harmony and was a longtime member of SPEBSQSA (the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America).  
He travelled the United States and Canada singing lead with the Allied Four comedy quartet.  George also served as director of the Blackhawk Chorus in Joliet and the church choir at New Hope Presbyterian in Coal City.  
He was an avid golfer, a motorcycle enthusiast and was always armed with an arsenal of jokes and stories.
Survivors include his children Lynne (Ralph) Vanderhyden of Cainsville, MO; Dave (Denise) Stybr of Essex; Tom (Kathy) Stybr of Wichita, KS; and Beth (Mark) Dosier of Long Grove, the mother of his children, Joan Stybr, of Coal City; sister-in-law, Gigi Stybr, of Laguna Hills, CA; five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and his best friend, Steve Smith, of Diamond.
George was preceded in death by his parents, his identical twin brother, Purcell Stybr of Laguna Hills, CA; and daughter, Lisa Stybr.
In the absence of a service, we are asking friends of George to raise a glass to toast his memory, make someone laugh, sing your favorite song, ring a chord!, and give the people you love a tight hug today, because tomorrow isn’t promised.
Memorial donations requested to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation www.jdrf.org or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research www.michaeljfox.org).
Fred C. Dames Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  For more information, call 815-741-5500 or visit his Memorial Tribute at www.fredcdames.com

 

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