William Paul Jarvis, 89, of Sugar Grove, formerly of Aurora, passed away on Dec. 2, 2009, at Hillside in Yorkville.
He was born Nov. 22, 1920, the son of Frank and Barbara (Esser) Jarvis.
Bill grew up in Aurora and attended local schools. Although his formal education only took him through his sophomore year in high school, he was a very knowledgeable man.
Bill was inducted into the U.S. Army on June 7, 1944. He served his country with valor and pride during WWII as a rifleman and postal clerk with Company 1, 85th Mountain Infantry, 10th Division in Italy.
Bill married his soulmate during a weekend furlough, Lois Gustafson, on Oct. 23, 1944. He would return to his bride on April 13, 1946, following his honorable discharge.
Bill would spend most of his life in his hometown of Aurora, where he was born and raised. In 1988, Bill and Lois moved to Sugar Grove.
He was employed by Trio Brass Foundry in Aurora for many years, eventually becoming manager until his retirement in 1988.
Bill was a faithful member of St. Gall Catholic Church, Elburn, was past president and a member of the Tiger Club, the Phoenix Club and the American Legion in Sugar Grove, Post 1271.
Bill was a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan through thick and thin. When he wasnâ€™t rooting for his home team, he loved working in his garden. Whether it was flowers or vegetables, everything came up â€œroses.â€ He also enjoyed camping across Illinois and Wisconsin, but his favorite site was Devils Lake in Baraboo, Wis.
He now leaves his wife of 65 years, Lois; three daughters, Kay (Vince) Chawgo of Breese, Ill., Linda (Dave) Dugan of Leland, Ill., and Sandy (Daryl) Jones of Steward, Ill.; six grandchildren, Becky Chawgo of Lynnwood, Wash., Jeremy Chawgo of Breese, Ill., Josh (Anne) Thacker and their daughter, Isabel, of Montgomery, Adam Thacker of North Hills, Calif., Jason (Kim) Jones and their children, Halle, Quinn and Macie, of Yorkville, and Kristy (Chadd) Nelson and their daughters, Sophia and Olivia Nelson of Sugar Grove; one brother, John Jarvis of Aurora; a sister-in-law, Elnor Gustafson of St. Charles; and many nieces, nephews and a family of friends.
He now joins his parents; his brothers, Ralph and Francis; and sisters, Leona Bates, Marie Boylan, Margaret Ugoli and Catherine Castner, who preceded him in death.
Visitation was from 1 to 2:45 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A service to celebrate his life followed at 3 p.m. Private family interment will follow at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit Seasons Hospice and Hillside. Checks may be made to the â€œWilliam Jarvis Memorialâ€ and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.
We will forever be thankful to everyone at Hillside for their loving care for Dad and Mom. We also want to thank Seasons Hospice for their compassion during such a difficult time.
â€œLord, help us find our way through the changes in our lives.â€