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Christopher J. Gayon: 1967-2017


STREATOR — Christopher J. Gayon, 50, of Streator, passed away Friday, Dec. 15.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Solon-Telford Funeral Home. Private family services will be at a later date with burial in St. Stephen’s Cemetery. Cremation rites will be accorded.

Born July 20, 1967, in Streator, he was the son of Richard and Judith (Alderman) Gayon. He married Michelle Plane on April 3, 1992, in Marseilles.

He is survived by his wife, Michelle Gayon, of Streator; sons, Levi Reeder, of La Salle, and Zach (Jodi) Gayon, of Pontiac; a daughter, Anna Gayon, of Streator; a granddaughter, Brynn Gayon, of Pontiac; his mother, Judith Gayon, of Streator; brothers, Jeff (Kitty) Gayon, of Georgia, and Rick Gayon, of Streator; Michelle's sisters, Donna (Mike) Dowell, of Crystal Lake, Robin (Paul) Ehrlich, of Guilford, Conn., Joy Gerambio, of McConnellsville, Ohio, and Jamie (Larry) McWhorter, of Mansfield, Ohio; Michelle's brother, Chris Plane; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Born and raised in Streator, he attended St. Stephen’s Grade School and graduated from Streator High School.

He worked for Waste Management through the years.

He was a member of the former St. Stephen’s Church.

Chris was a die-hard lifelong Chicago Cubs and Green Bay Packers fan and had a zest for life that was infectious. He loved with his whole heart his family, his friends and humanity in general. He was a loving husband and a generous and doting parent and grandpa. With his keen sense of humor, his witticisms, jokes and pranks were not only funny, but well received.

Chris had ongoing serious medical issues that caused him frustration and pain, but despite this he was always upbeat, positive and did not dwell on the negative, but always focused on how he could make life better for others.
He was deeply loved by all who knew him and will be truly missed.
Memorials may be directed to the family of Chris Gayon.
Condolences may be left for the family at

Solon-Telford Funeral Home
301 S. Park St., Streator, IL 61364

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