Francis J. “Frank” Gay, age 93, of LaGrange Park, U.S. Army Korean War Veteran, long-time member of the Broadview/Hillside American Legion Post #626. Beloved husband of the late Kathryne "Kay" nee Leufgen; loving father of the late Mary Jane (Roger) Leisten, James (Susan) Gay, Donald (Anna) Gay, and Robert (Ann) Gay; adored papa of Michelle Leisten, Kari (Rich) Bauerlein, Amy (John) Moore, Jamie (Brandon) Strauss, James (Shannon) Keating, Jackie (Matt) Boskovich, John Keating, Kara Keating, Kevin Gay, Natalie Gay , Michael Gay, Ryan Gay, Brandon Gay and Adam Gay; beloved great-papa of Evan and Mila Bauerlein, Owen Moore, Max and Axel Strauss, Calum and Ada Keating, Zoey, Hailey and Penelope Boskovich; dear brother of Marianne (late Raymond) Billings. Brother-in-law to Mary Ann (Karl) Knorps, those departed in the Leufgen family and fond uncle to many nieces and nephews. Frank’s greatest joy was being surrounded by his children and grandchildren for any celebration. He enjoyed many rounds of Ship, Captain, and Crew with them in addition to his monthly games with his fellow Legionnaires. Fan of the Indy 500, he inspired three more generations of race fans. He and Kay’s family traditions will endure in each of our hearts. Please cheer Frank (Papa) with a “Hey,” his trademark saying.
Memorials to the Broadview/Hillside American Legion Post #626 4941Butterfield Road, Hillside, IL 60162 in Frank's honor would be appreciated.