Photo: Gerald/Greenway/Morris/1937-2020

Gerald “Gerry” Greenway, 83, of Morris, passed away Saturday, December 26, 2020 in Morris Hospital. Born May 1, 1937 in Chicago, he was the son of the late Charles and Freda (Grapes) Greenway.                                     

Raised and educated in Chicago schools, Gerry graduated from Fenger High School with the Class of 1955. During his high school years, Gerald was a competitive swimmer, an honor student, and very popular among his classmates. He attended Bowling Green State University in Ohio, graduating in 1959 with a degree in business. He was an active member of the Theta Chi fraternity.

Gerry was very proud of his military service. He participated in ROTC while attending college, graduating as a second lieutenant and eventually rising to the rank of Captain prior to his honorable discharge.

Upon graduation from Bowling Green State University, Gerald went to work for the Standard Oil Company in Chicago. He had an interest in machine tools and eventually founded Swift Saw & Tool Supply Company in Chicago and Hazel Crest, which is still in business to this day.

Gerry enjoyed wintering in Florida with his long-term companion, Helga Legler, for over 40 years and was an avid collector of antiques of a mechanical nature, such as music boxes. Gerald also liked spending time at the family cottage on Hills Lake in Wild Rose, Wisconsin and also at his cottage on the Kankakee River in Grundy County.  Gerald will always be remembered as an engaging and great conversationalist.

Surviving is his sister-in-law, Bettie (late Charles) Greenway; niece and nephews, Debra (Tom) Packley, Patrick (Christie) Greenway, and Tom (Teresa) Greenway; great-nieces and nephews: Jacob Packley, Deana (Raf) Villa, Ryan Greenway, Ian Greenway, David Greenway and Alex (Stephanie) Greenway. His work family at Swift Saw &Tool was truly his second family and he thought of them as such.

Gerry was preceded by his parents, Charles and Freda; his brother, Charles; and his longtime companion, Helga.

A Celebration of Gerry’s life will be held at a later date with a private family graveside service.

An online guestbook has been made for the family, where you may sign the guestbook, share memories and photographs. You can access this by visiting the website at www.ucdaviscallahan.com. Arrangements have been entrusted with U.C. Davis-Callahan Funeral Home, 301 W. Washington Street, Morris, IL.