Gilbert Henry William Dyroff
Gilbert Henry William Dyroff
  • October 26, 1924 - December 4, 2017
  • Columbia, Illinois

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Gilbert Henry William Dyroff, of Columbia, born October 26, 1924 in East St. Louis, passed away December 4, 2017 in Belleville.

Gilbert graduated from East St. Louis Senior High School on June 10, 1942. He enlisted into the U.S. Navy on April 30, 1943 and served as a Machinist's Mate and Special Artificer Optical Second Class. He served on the USS Melville at LaHavre France on D-Day and was honorably discharged March 10, 1946. On August 1, 1947 he married Emma Louise Horn of Anna, Illinois. Gilbert worked at the Monsanto William G. Krummrich Plant in Sauget as an ironworker beginning in 1947 until his retirement in 1983. In 1993 he was briefly married to Dorothy Castellano following Emma's death in 1991. He was a member of the Caseyville VFW and Gothic Lodge #852, AF & AM, in Fairview Heights.

Besides his loving wife Emma, he was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Carl and Ottilie Susanna, nee Juergens, Dyroff.

He is survived by his two daughters, Madonna Louise (David) Key and Karen Linda (Greg) Dutkowski; four grandchildren, Deena Kelly (James) Coppotelli, Darryl Kelton Key, Carol Anne (Matthew) Mortensen, and Jason Richard Dutkowski; two great-grandsons, Carson David Key and Parker Dennis Key; and his companion, Saku Jenkins.

His family thanks the doctors, nurses, therapists, aides and wonderful staff members of Memorial Hospital, Four Fountains Healthcare, and Hospice of Southern Illinois.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to Shriner's Hospital for Children or to the charity of your choice.
Friends may call from 4:00 to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 at Lake View Funeral Home, 5000 N. Illinois, Fairview Heights.

Funeral: Services will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at Lake View Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Interment will follow in Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights.