December 14, 2006

(10/17/1968 12/4/2006)

Gabor Ivan Kish, 38, of Memphis, MO, and formerly of Peoria, IL, died December 4, 2006.

He was born the son of Joseph and Bonita (Goosey) Kish on October 17, 1968 in Peoria.

Gabe was a gentle spirit and friend to all. He spent much of his childhood in Memphis and attended Scotland County Elementary school. Gabe returned with his family to Peoria for junior high, graduating from Dunlap High School in 1987. He was a life-long member of the Catholic Church.

Gabe lived and worked in Chicago, IL. He then worked at Caterpillar in Peoria, IL. Most recently, he was employed at Shannans Pallet Mill in Granger, MO.

Gabes kindness and generosity was evident through his willingness to help people. When his mother returned to the Memphis area in 2004, Gabe chose to join her, helping her settle into her new home.

He enjoyed driving to auctions with his cousin and spending time with the many friends he made.

Gabor Ivan Kish was preceded in death by his father and his grandparents.

He is survived by his mother Bonita Kish of Memphis, MO; his sister Gretchen (Kish) Serrano and her husband Joe of Chicago, IL; and three brothers: Eric Kish of Peoria, IL; Joe Kish of Chicago, IL; and Julian (Christopher) Kish of St. Petersburg, FL; two nephews: Phoenix Kish of St. Petersburg, FL, and Enzo Serrano of Chicago, IL; two nieces: Mia Kish of Galesburg, IL, and goddaughter Gia Serrano of Chicago, IL; and many other family members and friends.

A memorial service was held at Saint Johns Catholic Church in Memphis with Father Bill Kottenstette officiating. Gabe was remembered as being a loving son and brother, a kind-hearted soul, and a one-of-a-kind guy who will be sadly missed by all. The Ladies Guild of Saint Johns parish provided a meal following mass for family and friends to remember Gabe and celebrate his life.

Graveside services will be held Friday, December 15 at 2 p.m., in Peoria at the Chapel of Peace in the Parkview Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Johns Catholic Parish in Memphis, c/o Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 E. Madison, Memphis, MO, 63555.

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