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David John Ply

July 03, 1951 - July 20, 2017

David J. Ply, age 66 of Lisle, IL, formerly of Aurora and Chicago IL, passed away on July 20, 2017 from cancer surrounded by family.  He was born in Chicago, IL to the loving late parents, Zygmunt and Lorraine Ply.  Beloved husband of Paula H (nee Grose) Ply, married in 1972.

Fond brother of Mimi (nee Ply) O’Donnell, Richard Ply, John Ply and Shirley (nee Ply) Pasquale. 

Dear uncle of Keith O’Donnell, Chris Ply, Eric Ply, Tara (nee Ply) Anderson, Zachary Ply, Andrew Ply, Terry Pasquale, Julia Pasquale, Mary Pasquale. Loving uncle to his wife Paula’s nieces and nephews, Troy Grose, Christina Johnson, Kathy Helbling, Beth Ervin, Jeff Grose and Dan Grose. Privileged to be a Great uncle to 15.

David attended Austin High School, and went on to City College of Chicago for two years.  His education was interrupted by a three year tour of military duty with the U.S. Army, spending two of those years stationed in Germany. He was joined in Germany by his wife Paula, where they enjoyed traveling much of Europe together and making new friends. After his honorable discharge from the military, he completed his education at Northern Illinois University, with a Bachelor of Computer Science.  During his career, he worked for International Harvester, Natural Gas Pipeline Company, Computer Sciences Corporation and Chicago Tribune Company, where he retired in 2014.

David loved music all of his life, particularly brass instruments.  As a child and young adult, he was a member of the Berwyn Blue Knights and then moved on to the Des Plaines Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corp.  As an adult, his interests included attending DCI competitions. He loved travel, cultural events, hiking, biking and being outdoors.  In recent years his interests had expanded to include genealogy, developing an expanded family tree.   

David also loved animals, raising many “4-legged” children over the years including his beloved boxers and cats.  He was a supporter of the Naperville and Hinsdale Humane Societies, as well as the US Humane Society.   He would frequent the animal shelters to enjoy the company of many canine and feline friends, always feeling that life was a little happier for everyone after a shelter visit. 

Funeral Information

Family and friends are invited to gather for visitation on Saturday August 19, 2:30 - 3:00 PM at Knox Presbyterian Church, 1105 Catalpa Lane, Naperville IL  60540.  Funeral services will follow at 3:00PM in the church with Pastor Cindy Karis officiating. A memorial dinner is planned after the service. For more information, please call 630-355-0213 or

Donations Information

In lieu of flowers, memorials to The American Cancer Society to further research to find a cure. David's cancer was caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV).  His wish was that people become more informed about HPV and further the effort to vaccinate young people for HPV to eliminate cancer. 

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