Gerald F. Palko Jr., age 59, of Wonder Lake, passed away Thursday, October 15, 2015, at Alden Terrace Health Care Center.
He was born February 10, 1956 in Berwyn, IL, to Gerald F. Sr. and Jeanne (Priest) Palko. In 1957, at the tender age of 18 months, his family moved to Wonder Lake, and became a longtime resident.
Gerald graduated from McHenry High School. He worked for Bass Material in Hebron as a heavy equipment operator for over 16 years. He enjoyed fishing for White Bass in Fremont, WI. Gerald was a devoted father who loved his family and cherished his grandsons.
In addition to his parents, Gerald is survived by his daughter, Jessica (Jay) Mueller; two grandsons, Aidan, Mason; three sisters, Helen (Charles) Turner, Debra (Robert) Ungaro, Colleen (Thomas) Lovetere; his brother, Peter Palko; and many nieces and nephews.
Gerald was preceded in death by his grandparents.
Friends and neighbors are invited to visit the family from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, October 19, 2015, at Christ The King Catholic Church, 5006 East Wonder Lake Road, Wonder Lake, IL 60097. The funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. at the church.
Inurnment will be private.
For those wishing to send an expression of sympathy, his family suggests memorials to PADS, 4001 Payton Street, McHenry, IL 60050, or the Wonder Lake Food Pantry, 3506 East Wonder Lake Drive, Wonder Lake, IL 60097.
For information, please call the funeral home at 815-385-2400, or visit www.justenfh.com, where friends may leave an on-line condolence message for the family.