Funk, Henry G.

Funk, Henry G.

July 30, 1927 – February 9, 2015
Age 87 of Sugar Grove, IL, passed away in Maplewood, Minnesota, February 9, 2015, after a battle with dementia and health related problems. Henry was born in Aurora, Illinois, on July 30, 1927. He grew up in Aurora, and worked in the family pharmacy until his graduation from West Aurora High School. After high school, he entered the Army and served as a medical corpsman in occupied Italy right after WWII. Upon discharge, he entered the University of Illinois, and graduated with a degree in pharmacy. Henry was a 3rd generation pharmacist. His mother’s father, Henry’s grandfather, started Grimm’s pharmacy in Aurora, in 1889. His father and older brother, Herbert were also pharmacists. Henry was a great entrepreneur. He was always looking for new business opportunities. With Herbert, they opened 3 more Grimm’s Pharmacies in the Fox Valley. The first was in the Valley Shopping center in St. Charles, which opened in 1957. Then came the store in Montgomery, in the Boulder Hill Center, which opened in 1963, and one more location by Mercy Hospital in Aurora. Henry used these businesses as a spring board to launch his many business adventures and hobbies. Some of which were: Photo Huts, Grimm’s Hallmark stores, Main Street Car Wash, and other real estate properties. Henry married Gloria Worrell in 1952, and moved to Oswego, in 1960. They had 4 children together. Henry had many activities outside of the pharmacy. He enjoyed his summers at Kelly Lake, Wisconsin, at the family cottage with his family, mother, sister and brother. He bought a farm in Suring Wisconsin, close to the cottage and loved getting up there as much as possible, all year long, working with the pigs and cattle. He had a love of flying and got his private pilot’s license, he even had a landing strip put on the farm, so he could fly and land at the farm. Henry also loved giving back to the community. He was very active for many decades with the Rotary Club of Aurora (a past president), the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce and many local charities. Henry loved the St. Charles community! Henry is preceded in death by his parents, Herbert E. and Margaret Funk; his brother, Herbert Funk; his sisters, Dorothy White, and Gloria Funk. He is survived by his children, Kim Funk of Batavia, IL, Tom Funk of Montgomery, IL, Karen (Funk) McMahon of Dellwood, MN, and Bill Funk of St. Charles, IL; 7 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Memorial service and celebration of Henry’s life will be held at New England Church on Galena Blvd. in Aurora, on Sunday, March 8, 2015, at 1:30 p.m.