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Rudolph Gasperich Born: March 16, 1917; In Calumet, MI Died: April 10, 2014; In Broadview, IL Rudolph Gasperich, age 97, of Broadview, passed away at home with his family, Thursday, April 10, 2014. He was born March 16, 1917 in Calumet, Michigan, son of the late John and Barbara (Medvit) Gasperich. He was raised in Manistique, Thompson, and Kipling, Michigan. He moved to Chicago, in 1938. As an artist, he worked for Chicago Showprint Co. from 1938-1941. He was a WWII B-26 Bomber Pilot, serving in the Army Air Corps (17th Bomb. Group, 95th Bomb. Squadron), participating in 31 missions in North Africa & Europe. He worked 40 years as a lithographer at Globe Poster Inc. Flying airplanes and gliders was his passion. He bought his first airplane (PT-19) in 1950, and was co-owner of 7 other airplanes and several gliders and tow planes. He was a member of the following: MTO (North Africa), Civil Air Patrol (Safety Officer Capt.), Falconaires Flight Club (Secr.), Sky Soaring Inc. (founding member), Schaumburg Pilots Assoc., AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Assoc.), OX5 Aviation Pioneers, Cross and Cockade, EAA (Experimental Aircraft Assoc.) Chapter 101, Ninth Air Force Assoc. Inc., Airplane Buffs Society, Silver Wings Fraternity, DC4 Graphic Communications Conference Teamsters, Chicago Moose Lodge (1940 softball champs), president of Broadview Homeowners Association. He loved music and took accordion lessons. He enjoyed working on cars, restoring planes, woodworking, painting and playing cards. He was a member of Christ Presbyterian Church in N. Riverside. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Arlene; 3 daughters, Lynn (Frank), Lori and Lisa; granddaughter, Lauren; sister-in-law, Grace Gasperich and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by five brothers, John, Joseph, Louis, Steve and Matthew (Grace) Gasperich; six sisters, Frances Coleman, Angela Gasperich, Anna Suljic, Mary Trygg, Christine Spencer, and Florence Rivers. Visitation and Funeral was held at Woodlawn Funeral Home, Forest Park, IL. Visitation Monday, April 14, 2014 from 2:00 to 8:00pm. Funeral Tuesday at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, make donations to Christ Presbyterian Church, North Riverside, IL or American Cancer Society. To leave a note of sympathy go to Read Obituary
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