Former Naperville parks director remembered as 'iconic figure'

  • Glen Ekey and his wife of 56 years, Marilyn, were known for coordinating social gatherings and reunions at their Michigan cottage. Glen, a former Naperville parks director, died Friday at the age of 79.

    Glen Ekey and his wife of 56 years, Marilyn, were known for coordinating social gatherings and reunions at their Michigan cottage. Glen, a former Naperville parks director, died Friday at the age of 79. Courtesy of Trish Mueller and David Ekey

  • Glen Ekey, center, former executive director of the Naperville Park District, often took trips with friends and family that involved outdoor recreation, such as boating and skiing.

    Glen Ekey, center, former executive director of the Naperville Park District, often took trips with friends and family that involved outdoor recreation, such as boating and skiing. Courtesy of Trish Mueller and David Ekey

  • Glen Ekey, 79, of Naperville, died Friday from cancer. He served as the executive director of the Naperville Park District from 1981 to 1996.

    Glen Ekey, 79, of Naperville, died Friday from cancer. He served as the executive director of the Naperville Park District from 1981 to 1996. Courtesy of Trish Mueller and David Ekey

 
 
Updated 10/27/2020 6:35 PM

As former executive director of the Naperville Park District, Glen Ekey's work spilled into his personal life, loved ones say, blending his passion for recreation with his love of bringing people together until his death Friday at age 79.

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