Orland Funeral Home

9900 W 143RD ST, Orland Park, IL


Eugene J. Gocal

September 18, 1938May 21, 2020
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Eugene Joseph Gocal, resident of Orland Park, born September 18, 1938. Beloved son of Joseph and Martha Gocal, nee Lubowicka. Gene peacefully passed at the age of 81 on Thursday, May 21, 2020. Gene married his High School sweetheart, Laurette Dupke on April 24, 1958. They had five children - Susan, William, Laurie, Gina, and Gary. Gene had 14 grandchildren - Lauren, Angela, Tierney, Christopher, Alyssa, Megan, Stephanie, Kyle, Katlyn, Jacob, Alix, Tommy, Ty, and Taylor. Gene had 8 great grandchildren - Monroe, Harlow, Charles, Rosie, Revel, Wyatt, Warren, and Avarie, with another on the way. Fond brother of Martie, Leona, Elaine, and the late Gus.

Gene spent the majority of his career as a truck driver. Gene enjoyed weekly grocery shopping, catching all the great sales and stocking up on food. He loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting, gardening, and mushroom hunting. He loved sitting outside, barbecuing, having a beer and cigar. He loved watching and feeding squirrels, chipmunks, birds, and stray dogs and cats. He also loved his wife's cooking. His favorite TV shows include Naked and Afraid, all fishing and hunting shows, Doc Martin, Father Brown, and Family Feud. He loved watching football and baseball, telling jokes (his trademark) and making people laugh and smile. He loved to sing and impersonate Elvis and Roy Orbison. Gene will be missed dearly, but will never be gone. His love will live on through his family. Services will be held privately.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Eugene J. Gocal

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Laurie Gocal-Schreiber

June 5, 2020

I’ve always started my conversations with my dad with “Hi Dad” and always ending the conversation with “I love you”. I will forever miss saying this to you. You made me laugh and cry especially listening to one of your corny jokes that we’ve all liked to hear. Thanks for being there for us. The family always knew that when we called the house phone dad was there to pick up and say “Hi Honey”. I feel the comfort that you will be by our sides in all that we do in the good and bad times. Give God a good laugh up there and hug the rest of the family for me.
I’ll think of you and miss you and your hugs always.
One day I’ll see you in heaven and you can tell me all the jokes that I’ve been missing to hear and all the I love you’s.
I love you dad, your middle daughter, Laurie. Xoxo

Pat and Connie Cashman

June 4, 2020

Dear Gina, Tom, Alix, Tommy, Matt, Friends and Family: We are so truly sorry for the loss of your father and grandfather. He was and always will be the man that brought a smile and laughter to any room he entered. Please know we are thinking of you at this difficult and emotional time. Keep hold of your cherished and fondest memories as your beautiful family pictures so eloquently showed. The love and bond your mom and dad sewn throughout your family will always be remembered by each and everyone of you. Gina, your touching words to your father shows just how much he was loved, respected and treasured. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time every step of the way.

Love you all very much,
Pat and Connie.

Brian and Jill Sheehan

June 4, 2020

Deepest condolences on the loss of your Dad/Husband/Grandpa. We are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. - The Sheehans

Marilyn Anzelmo

June 4, 2020

Remembering all of you in our hearts and prayers, and missing one of the funniest and most fun guys I know. - Marilyn

Alison Eaker

June 4, 2020

I am deeply sorry for your loss. I hope you feel the love that surrounds you now and always. Praying for your comfort, strength and peace during this difficult time. May he rest in eternal peace.

Taylor Murphy (Cashman)

June 4, 2020

I'm so sorry for your loss and that we cannot be there. We are thinking about you!

Tom and Taylor Murphy (Cashman)

Greg Cashman

June 4, 2020

Thinking of you all a little extra today! Saying extra prayer tonight. Love you!

Gina Oleskiewicz

June 4, 2020

The Gocal Family,

Please accept my deepest condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family at this very sad and difficult time.
I am sending healing prayers and comforting hugs to all of you. I hope you are able to find peace and that you all feel surrounded by much love when you think of all of the good memories you have had.

In our HEARTS you
will always be...
Your LOVE your VOICE
and your SMILE
Are forever imprinted
in our MINDS...
So Loved and So Missed

Gina Cashman

June 4, 2020

My Dad and I were very close, we would talk to each other nearly every day. We would talk and laugh about anything and he was always on my side. I loved hanging out with him and my mom and other siblings, we would have so much fun and the day would be filled with laughter, I could always count on that. I am really blessed to of had him in my life he was truly an amazing person. He loved everything about the outdoors, and loved my mom very deeply.
Dad I love you, I just want to hug you and not let go. Thank you for being my dad, thank you for all the good times, all the life lessons, inside jokes, "live and learn" and just being there for me. I miss you.
You will be in my heart forever.d Rest in Peace.
To all your sisters, nieces and nephews, my aunts and cousins, I am sorry for the loss of your brother and Uncle. You all had a very strong bond. May you find comfort in all the fun memories you have - it was very awesome to watch when you all got together how hard you would all laugh until you had to wipe tears off your faces. May your laughter continue in memory of my dad. I love you all.

Matt Browne

June 3, 2020

Eugene Gocal family
Sorry for your loss and our deepest sympathy to your family
Matt Browne & Family


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