Michael John Gilroy - 67
9/15/1946 - 7/17/2014
Michael John Gilroy, 67, of Byron, died Wednesday July 16, 2014 in his home surrounded by family after a long courageous battle with cancer. He was born September 16, 1946 in Ogle County, IL, the son of Bernard Joseph and Ella Jeanette (Logan) Gilroy. He married the love of his life, Christine Elaine Hoffman on May 1, 1965 in Oregon. Michael was a member of the Local 150 Operating Engineers for 39 years and retired from Rabine Paving in 2009. He was an avid Nascar and Chicago Bears Fan. He loved camping, traveling and spending time with his family. Michael also enjoyed watching the eagles on the Rock River and hummingbirds on his front porch. He leaves his wife of 49 years, Christine; his son, Stacy Gilroy of Rockford; daughters, Shelley (Boomer) Barton of Hedrick, IA and Beth (Sonia) Gilroy of Oregon; grandchildren, Kyle (Amy) Lawrence of Byron, Jason (Jessica) Gilroy of Winnebago, Jacob (Sarah) Gilroy of Rockford, and Kayla and Emily Barton of Hedrick, IA; great-grandchildren, Libby, Lucy, and Lincoln Gilroy; brother, Larry (Dorothy) Gilroy of Byron; sisters, Janet (late husband Richard) Ackerson of Belvidere, Joyce (late husband Thomas) Heath of Dixon, Janeen (late husband Charles) Latta of Byron; sisters-in-law, Debbie (Jerry) Russell of Oregon, and Pat (Don) Manasco of Guin, AL; brother-in-law, Leo (Debi) Hoffman, Jr. of Cross Plains, TN; and faithful companion, Princess Maggie, and many special nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, sister Janice and nephew Rob Latta.
Funeral services will be held Saturday July 19, 2014 at 12 Noon in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. 7th St., Oregon with Pastor Jennifer Myers officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Gardens, Dixon. Visitation will be held Friday from 5:00-8:00 PM in the funeral home. A memorial fund has been established in his name.
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