Category Archives: 2011 Obituaries

Lisa (Claypool) Allen

Lisa (Claypool) Allen, 47, of Evanston, Ill., passed away on Friday, Dec. 30, with her loving family by her side after a courageous battle with breast cancer.

Lisa was born on Nov. 21, 1964, in Elgin, Ill. She attended Kaneland High School and excelled in everything she did. She finished top in her class and was named valedictorian. As an accomplished ballet dancer, Lisa danced the part of the doll in the Nutcracker Suite.

After high school, she earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana. Lisa also earned a master’s degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. Until her illness sidelined her this past fall, Lisa was a speech therapist for the Chicago Public School system.

Lisa is survived by her father, James Claypool of Sugar Grove; children, Joseph and Rose Allen of Evanston, Ill.; and brother, Mark Claypool of Elburn.

Lisa is preceded in death by her mother, Virginia Claypool.

A private, family-only memorial will be held in Evanston.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested gifts be made in Lisa Allen’s name to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, www.nationalbreastcancer.org/donate. Lisa Allen was a high achiever in school, doting mother, loving sister and special friend to many.

Doris E. Parson

Doris E. Parson, 87, of Sandwich, Ill., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, at Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion in Sandwich, Ill.

She was born April 8, 1924, in Springfield, Ill., the daughter of Cecel and Esther (Hood) Dorworth. She was a 1942 graduate of Lanphier High School in Springfield. She was employed by Memorial Hospital in Springfield in the dietary department for 25 years, retiring in 1989. Doris was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sandwich. She was a volunteer at Fox Valley Older Adults for 15 years, did Meals on Wheals for 10 years, enjoyed and was very active living at the Sandwich Manor.

She is survived by one daughter, Darlene Kay (Milton) Martin of Allons, Tenn.; two sons, Wayne (Kathy) Parson of Sugar Grove, and Richard (Corinne) Parson of Aurora; eight grandchildren, Melissa Jeffery, Lisa (Kenneth) Stephens, Theresa (Jeff) Howell, Regina Coons, Tamara (Mike) VanDyke, Captain Peter (Tommye) Nelson of USMC, Michael (Laura) Parson and Stacy (Daniel) Carty; 21 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Master Sgt. Gary Parson of the USMC; one sister, Lola Stewart; and one brother, C. Edward Dorworth.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Monday, Jan. 2, at Burkhart-Eighner Funeral Home with Rev. David Kaul officiating. Burial followed at Jericho Cemetery in Sugar Grove. Memorials may be directed to Fox Valley Older Adults in Sandwich.

Visitation was from 11 a.m. until the time of services at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 2, at Burkhart-Eighner Funeral Home, 606 E. Arnold Road, Sandwich, IL 60548. For more information or to sign the online guest book, go to www.EighnerFuneralHomes.com.

Lucille Lourine Eheart Peters

Lucille Lourine Eheart Peters, of Grand Rapids, Mich., formerly of Elburn, passed away Dec. 21, 2011.

She was born on Aug. 28, 1926, in Roseville, Mich., the fourth daughter of Lubbe “Louis” Janssen and Vallie Lourine (Vaughn) Theesefeld.

She was raised on a farm in Onarga, Ill., and attended local schools.

Lucy graduated from Onarga High School with the class of 1944 before attending Midstate in Peoria, Ill., where she became a certified court reporter for the state of Illinois.

Lucy was united in marriage to Bennie R. Eheart in Aug. 11, 1946, in Buckley, Ill.

They began their new life together by moving to Ft. Lewis in Tacoma, Wash. while Bennie faithfully served his country in the United States Army. After his honorable discharge, they settled back in the Buckley and Onarga area before moving to Pontiac, Ill., for a time.

Bennie, while working for the Illinois State Police, was transferred in 1968 to the Aurora Airport, where he was crew chief for the Air Division. The family made a home in Nottingham Woods in Elburn. The Lord took Bennie suddenly in 1985 but gave Lucy another to share her heart and home with when she was married to George Peters in 1988. They continued to make their home in Nottingham Woods before moving to town in 1995. Following George’s passing in 2005, Lucy moved to Delnor Glen and Bickford in St. Charles until declining health brought her into the care of Sunrise of Cascade in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Lucy honed her skills working for both the State’s Attorney and Assistant State’s Attorney in Pontiac, while also being a court reporter for the Honorable Judge Erlenborn in Livingston County Circuit Court. She began working as a paralegal in Batavia for John Gosselin, Attorney at Law, and was also with the firm of Benson, Maier and Gosselin for 22 years.

Lucy was a member of Grace Lutheran Church of Lily Lake and active on their worship committee. After moving to Elburn, Bennie and Lucy were also active in the Sugar Grove American Legion Post 1271. Lucy was a member of the Kane County Legal Secretaries and served on an advisor board for the Mid-Valley Area Vocational Center in Maple Park. While married to George Peters, she became a member of the Community Congregational Church in Elburn and was involved in many activities of both the Elburn Lions Club and Elburn American Legion, where she was a member of the Elburn American Legion Women’s Auxiliary.

Lucy had an indomitable spirit and a loving heart that always strove to care for her family. She worked tirelessly to improve their standard of living, proving to her children that with hard work and determination, anything is possible. Lucy also cared for her grandchildren following “semi-retirement” and strove to teach each of them the same values as she did her own children, which included an AFS student, Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, who later became involved in diplomacy and is currently the Ambassador for Brazil to the United Nations.

Though her hands were rarely idle, Lucy enjoyed reading historical novels in her spare time. She was a collector of antique books and indulged her artistic side by taking opera appreciation classes, as well as oil painting artistry, later showcasing her skills on canvas as well as through unique cards she made on the computer. Lucy’s love of music led her to achieve three of her life’s goals, seeing Luciano Pavaratti, the Rockettes and the Chicago Symphony while raising her children on Strauss Waltz, Mario Lanza and the Mills Brothers.

Her talents were also renowned in the garden as well as the kitchen—even managing to master preparing the pheasants and rabbits that Bennie brought home every hunting season. If her hands were rarely idle, the same could be said of her feet, which enjoyed square dancing with Bennie. Sundays not only brought church, but also visits to the multitude of relatives in Central Illinois.

In the summer, the family took vacations to fish in Wisconsin and spent many weekends casting lines at her sister Dorothy’s lakeside home. Later in life, Lucy and George enjoyed playing cards with friends, golfing side by side and traveling to Florida every winter to visit her sisters. Lucy was an unforgettable women whose memory will live on forever in the hearts of all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by three children, Drusilla Elaine Pollick, Sandra Diane Theis and Raymond Louis (Sarah) Eheart; eight grandchildren, Aaron Christopher Konen, Corey Patrick Konen and his daughter, Abbygail Anne Marie Konen, Arianna Gabrielle Konen, Leonard T. (Tracy) Weber and their son, Benjamin Weber, David N. (Kristina Romence) Weber and their children, Nelson, Kaylyn and Adam Weber, Laura Eheart and her son, David, Angela Eheart and her children, Mikayleigh and Mackendrick, and Diana Eheart; in addition, she leaves three step-children, Joyce (Marty) Fisher, Jan (Ron) Erdmann and Chris Peters; five step-grandchildren, Katie (Ted) Frank, Drew Fisher, Brett (Jennifer) Erdmann and their daughters, Rachel, Laura and Clare, Brad Erdmann and Erin Peters; two sisters, Dorothy Janssen of Lake Wales, Fla., and Emma Rush of Winterhaven, Fla.; one brother-in-law, Earl Eheart of Piper City, Ill.; one sister-in-law, Nola Eheart of Danforth, Ill.; several nieces, nephews, cousins and a family of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents and husbands, Bennie Eheart and George Peters.

Visitation was from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Friday, Dec. 30, at Grace Lutheran Church, 5N600 Hansen Road, Lily Lake. A funeral service to celebrate her life followed at noon, officiated by Rev. Ernst Rex, pastor of the church. Interment was at Blackberry Township Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Lucille Peters Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

Lucille Lourine Eheart Peters

Lucille Lourine Eheart Peters of Grand Rapids, Mich., formerly of Elburn, passed away Dec. 21, 2011.

She was born on August 28, 1926, in Roseville, Mich., the fourth daughter of Lubbe “Louis” Janssen and Vallie Lourine (Vaughn) Theesefeld.

She was raised on a farm in Onarga, Ill., and attended local schools.

Lucy graduated from Onarga High School with the class of 1944 before attending Midstate in Peoria, Ill., where she became a Certified Court Reporter for the state of Illinois.

Lucy was united in marriage to Bennie R. Eheart in Aug. 11, 1946, in Buckley, Ill.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Friday, Dec. 30, at Grace Lutheran Church, 5N600 Hansen Road, Lily Lake. A funeral service to celebrate her life will follow at noon officiated by Rev. Ernst Rex, pastor of the church. Interment will be at Blackberry Township Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Lucille Peters Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

Keith Downen

Keith E. Downen, 39, of Princeville, Ill., died Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011, at his residence.

Keith was born June 23, 1972, in Rockford, Ill., the son of Stephen W. and Katie L. Holtz Downen.

He married Mary J. Neville on Sept. 6, 1997, in St. Charles, who survives him. Also surviving are his parents in Kaneville; a son, Dean of Princeville; two daughters, Faith Sampson of Princeville and Keli Bell of Millbrook, Ill.; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Dean in 1986, and his grandparents.
Keith worked as a locomotive engineer for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad for the past seven years.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 17, at Princeville United Methodist Church. Cremation followed the services.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Downen Memorial established at The Better Banks, Dunlap. Hammitt-Hott Funeral Home, Princeville, is in charge of arrangements. Private condolences may be made to the family via www.hammitthott.com.

Jean Adair Nelson

Jean Adair Nelson, 73, of Oswego, formerly of Sugar Grove, passed away Wednesday evening, Dec. 7, 2011, at Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora.

Jean was born Aug. 18, 1938, in Aurora, the daughter of Ernest and Eleanor (Adair) Beutien.
She grew up in Aurora and attended local schools. She graduated from West Aurora High School in 1956, where she excelled in gymnastics as well as music, playing the violin and piano. Following graduation, Jean attended Wesley Nursing School, now a part of Northwestern University, where she was a “straight-A” student. After getting her RN, she crossed paths with Richard H. Nelson.

She and Rich couldn’t wait to get married and escaped the trappings of a traditional wedding when they were united in marriage on June 9, 1957, in Crown Point, Ind. Shortly afterward, Richard was drafted into the United States Army. Rich and Jean welcomed a son, Martin, the following year before making the family complete with the arrival of their second son, Mark, in 1962.

The family moved several times over the years, making their homes and their living on several farms in Sugar Grove and Kaneville. Jean would continue to make her home in Sugar Grove following Rich’s passing in 1994 before moving to Oswego six years later in 2000.

Jean worked briefly for a surgeon in Boston, where Rich was stationed for a time. Later, she worked for Fred Quick Auctions as a bookkeeper, but retired from what is now Mooney and Thomas, after 35 years.

Jean and Rich were both members of the Aurora Loyal Order of the Moose. Later she became an active member of several “senior groups” including those in Yorkville and Oswego.

Jean was “always on the go.” She was always looking for fun and adventure with family and friends, but her zest for life never left her much time to spend at home. Jean preferred to travel, often visiting friends and family no matter where they called home. In her younger years, she and Richard took family trips, including the family dog, instilling in the children a love for travel.

Later, after she retired, she often took scooter trips with her life-long friends. She also travelled with the many senior groups to which she belonged. Whether it was by bus, plane, train or boat, she was made memories with every mile. Jean and her “bingo friends” also travelled to games throughout the United States, sometimes playing 12 hours straight.

She wasn’t a stranger to the local casinos or Las Vegas, either, preferring penny slots over the other games, but she always made time for the theater. Whether it was local community theater or professional, the stage called to her like nothing else could. Next to family, there was nothing more important to Jean than the beloved dogs that made a home in her heart.

She is survived by two sons, Marty Nelson of Oswego, Ill. and Mark Nelson of Cortland; one brother, C.J. Beutien of South Bend, Ind.; several nieces, nephews and a community of friends that will miss her dearly.

She is preceded in death by her husband, her parents, maternal grandparents, and one sister, Paula Pearson.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m., with a funeral service to celebrate her life at noon, on Saturday, Dec. 17, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St. in Elburn. Rev. Steve Good, pastor of the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, will officiate and interment will follow at Sugar Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Jean Nelson Memorial” 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 where you can also find her full life story.

Robert H. ‘Bob’ Locke

Robert H. “Bob” Locke, 80, of Aurora, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. He was born Dec. 31, 1930, in Appleton, Wis., the son of the late Floyd and Mable (Wickesberg) Locke.

Bob grew up and went to Appleton Senior High School and was a graduate of Gale Institute and Midwestern Broadcasting School in Chicago. In 1952, he joined the United States Army and was in the Signal Corps during the Korean War.

He started broadcasting news and sports in Escanaba, Mich. He then moved back to Aurora and worked for WMRO and WKKD, broadcasting high school sports. Bob was inducted into the Illinois Hall of Fame, News Media in 1995. He was also inducted into the East Aurora Sports Hall of Fame. With his love of sports, Bob held a passion for broadcasting high school sports and fast-pitch softball. He was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badgers and had a genuine love for all sports.

Bob was elected Commissioner of Public Health and Safety for the city of Aurora and served from 1973-1977. He worked for many years at Home Savings and Loan in downtown Aurora until his retirement. Bob also served as president and trustee for 20 years at Fox Metro Water Reclamation District.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Elsie Kissel of Aurora. They had five children, Joseph (Hallie) Locke of Rockford, James (Jill) Locke of Elburn, Lori Werner of Oswego, Lisa (Scott)Felker of Sandwich and the late Judith Ann Locke, in infancy. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, Steven Locke, Adam (Jessica) Locke, Jimmy Locke, Ben Locke, Robbie Locke, Kyle Werner, Hannah Werner, Troy and Peter Medlin and Caleb and Jacob Felker, as well as many wonderful nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 9, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, 1233 Douglas Road, Montgomery, with Pastor Scott Guhl officiating. Interment will be at Lincoln Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8, at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove. Bob will lie in state from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday at the church.

Memorial donations may be directed to St. Olaf Lutheran Church, 1233 Douglas Road, Montgomery, IL 60538, or to the Aurora Noon Lion’s Club.

For further information, please call (630) 466-1330 or visit www.healychapel.com to leave an online condolence.

Richard ‘Dick’ Wise

Richard “Dick” Wise, 79, of Geneva, entered into eternal life on Dec. 3, 2011, surrounded by the love and prayers of his wife and children.

Dick was born on June 27, 1932, the son of Roy and Georgia V. (Mooney) Wise in Galatin, Mo. His family moved to Elburn in 1941. Over the ensuing years, Dick would meet the love of his life, Ellen. They were married on Oct. 24, 1964, and together lovingly raised their children: Mary, Susan and Michael. After 24 years at General Mille, Dick retired only to return to his initial profession as a barber until declining health forced him to lay down the tools of his trade.

He is survived by his loving wife Ellen; four children, Mary (Michael) Frandsen, Susie Wise and her husband Michael Donahoe and Michael (Heather) Wise; eight grandchildren, Sara, Cory and Kyle Frandsen, Jessica Holander, Billy Creutz, Megan,Thomas and Andrew Wise; two brothers, Max (Jean) Wise of Apple Canyon, Ill., and Bud (Marilyn) Wise of Elburn; two sisters, Kay Hartgrave of Eugene, Ore., and Judy Gould of Batavia; several nieces, nephews and a family of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Dean and Cricket Wise.

Private family services have already been held.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities including CNS Home, Health and Hospice. Checks may be made to the “Richard “Dick” Wise Memorial” 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.

Alberta M. Braffet

Alberta M. Braffet, 87, of DeKalb, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011, at St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, Ill. She was born on Sept. 2, 1924, in Little Rock Township, Kendall County, the daughter of Wayne and Catherine (Vilmin) Griswold.

Alberta was united in marriage on July 30, 1947, to Mr. James “Pat” Braffet, and they spent many happy years together until his passing. Mrs. Braffet was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in DeKalb. She was a longtime member of the Sugar Squares, Square Dancing Club. Alberta was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt who will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by her sons, Gary (Vicky) Braffet of DeKalb, Craig (Patti) Braffet of Hinckley, Jim (Sue) Braffet of Sandwich, Ill., and Curtis (Peggy) Braffet of Carlock, Ill.; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; her brother, Lorraine (Marion) Griswold of Yorkville, Ill.; her sisters, Leona Meade of Phoenix, Ariz., Marcella Johnson of Sandwich, Ill., and Marian Hester of Yorkville, Ill.; as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Wayne and Catherine Griswold; her husband, James “Pat” Braffet; and her brother, Gerald Griswold.

A memorial funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 North Maple St. in Hinckley. Interment will be private.

Friends may visit from 3 until 7p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at the Funeral Home in Hinckley.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes & Crematory, www.NelsonFuneralHomes.com or (815) 286-3247.

Orva Irene Jump

Orva Irene Jump, 76, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, Nov. 26, at Loyola Medical Center in Maywood, Ill.

She was born on Aug. 13, 1935, the daughter of George T. and Irene H. (Austin) Ramer in Elgin, Ill.

Orva grew up in Elburn and attended local schools. She graduated from Elburn High School with the class of 1954 and soon found work at National Brush Company. It was there that a certain soldier caught her eye, and with a little persistence, her heart. Before long their two lives became one as Orva was united in marriage to Nickolas Jump on June 29, 1957, at Marion Avenue Baptist Church in Aurora.

They began their new life together on Lincoln Avenue in Aurora for a time before settling on Spruce Street in 1962. There they made a million memories together before Nick’s passing in 2008. Although it was never the same, Orva continued to make her home on Spruce Street, content to spend as much time as she could with friends and family.

In addition to National Brush, Orva worked at the Campana Building in Batavia as a line worker, packing boxes with caramels until it closed down in the late 1970s. In 1982, she began working full time at the Wayside Cross Mission in Aurora. When her first and only granddaughter came along in 1988, Orva went down to part time so that she could spend time and create a special relationship with Katie. When her two grandsons, Nickolas and Zachary, were born, you could find no other grandmother more proud than she. Eventually she dedicated all her love and time to her grandchildren until declining health ended her reign as “babysitter supreme.”

Orva was a long time and most faithful member of the Orchard Community Church in Aurora.

There wasn’t a thrift store or garage sale that didn’t catch her eye, but only if there was a bargain in the making. When there were bargains to be had, Orva was quick to pick up any item that a family member or friend might need, but of course she also added to her own collection of cookbooks, angels, bells, walking sticks, and salt and pepper shakers, to name a few.

Anytime was a good time to have a party, and for Orva, bigger was always better. Never did a birthday pass without her singing “Happy Birthday” in her best singing voice over the phone. Orva didn’t really need a reason to pick up the phone to call her family and friends, she could spend hours on the phone and not think twice. Orva’s heart overflowed with love for her family and her community. She will be remembered most for social nature, caring heart and memorable friendship.

She is survived by two children, Michael A. (Michelle) Jump of Somonauk, Ill., and Michelle I. Romero of Aurora; three grandchildren, Katie Romero, Nickolas Romero and Zachary Jump; six siblings, Catherine (Tom) Schattke, Vivian Ramer, Ivan (Linda) Ramer, Bonnie (Dean) Anderson, Jim (Cathy) Ramer and Bob Ramer; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a community of friends who will remember her well.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Nick; and two brothers, Georgie and Donnie Ramer.

Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. at The Orchard Community Church, 101 S. Barnes Road, Aurora, on Thursday, Dec. 1. A funeral to celebrate her life will begin at 11 a.m., also at the church, on Friday, Dec. 2. The Rev. Scott Hodge, pastor of the church, will officiate, and interment will follow at East Pierce Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Orva’s name to benefit her favorite charities, including the Ronald McDonald House, Aurora Animal Shelter and St. Jude’s. Checks may be made to the “Orva Jump Memorial” 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.

William B. Roxworthy

William B. Roxworthy, 64, of Elburn, formerly of St. Charles, passed away Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, at Delnor Hospital in Geneva. His battle against cancer took his body but could never break his spirit, and he now embraces the promise of his Savior.

He was born the youngest of six on Sept. 20, 1947, in Chicago, the son of Thomas J. and Georgiene (Thompson) Roxworthy.

Bill grew up in Barrington Hills, Ill., and attended local schools. After graduating from Barrington High School with the class of 1965, Bill attended Dickinson State University in Dickinson, N.D.

Bill was lucky in love. Bill met his future bride when he was only 16 years old. While cruising around with his best friend, they stopped to visit another friend, John Mack. As they pulled up to the Mack house, his eye fell on John’s 14-year-old sister, Nancy, as she washed her dad’s car in the driveway. The minute he saw her he fell in love. They dated all through high school and college. During this time, the nation was calling its youth to serve in the armed forces. Though many were drafted, Bill chose to enlist into the United States Army in October of 1966. Bill faithfully and proudly served his country, which included two tours of duty in Vietnam. While separated, Bill and Nancy wrote to one another daily. In one letter, he mentioned his upcoming “R&R” to Hawaii. Bill was shocked and overjoyed to see Nancy on the tarmac, waiting for his plane to land. While in Hawaii, they decided to make their love official and united in marriage on July 17, 1968.

He returned to civilian life after his honorable discharge in May of 1969. He came home to Barrington and into the waiting arms of a beautiful wife and a newborn son, Philip. The family grew to include two more children, Kelly in 1970, and Kerry made the family complete in 1971. After moving to Palatine, Ill., and their first home, Bill and his family moved to St. Charles in 1977. A lifetime of family memories were made in St. Charles with school, sports, social and church activities. Once the children were grown, Bill and Nancy moved to Elburn, where they made a home perfect for grandkids that now number 10.

Bill’s education, which began in North Dakota, continued when he returned home from Vietnam. In need of a job to support his instant family, his oldest brother Tom found him an advertising job in Chicago. He juggled the responsibility of his growing family while working and taking night classes. Advertising sales and publishing became his calling; over the years Bill found himself working for some of the most well-known magazines in the country, including Cosmopolitan, Parents Magazine, Mechanix Illustrated, Field & Stream, Better Homes & Gardens and Sport magazines. He retired from his dream job with Ski Magazine at age 49, which allowed him time for his creative talents.

Bill, never one to sit idle, started up a small business aptly named “Good Dog Landscaping.” He also dedicated much time to his artistic passions. He created watercolor landscapes born of not only his imagination, but from the inspiration of iconic farming structures and the rural countryside surrounding his home. He could be found most days painting in his quaint studio out back with his dog Wrigley for company.

Bill’s childhood was cut short by the death of his parents when he was still just a boy. He quickly found that if life brought you strife, you needed to adapt and make your own “sunshine” to share. Bill was a talker and a born salesman who never met a stranger. He had a smile that would light up a room and a heart so big it had room for anyone and everyone. If anyone was in need, Bill was ready to lend a helping hand and always had a hug ready to share. Bill supported many causes and organizations, not only monetarily, but with his time and talent as well. Bill was a member of the team that implemented Planetree at Delnor Hospital, a patient centered model of care. Bill and Nancy donated a seven-foot-tall star sculpture at the entrance to Delnor Hospital to recognize the dedication of Delnor employees.

Though he worked in print advertising, his hobby was his fellow man. Whether it was coffee with friends or a speech in front of fellow businessmen, Bill had a way about him that put you instantly at ease. Bill loved the outdoors and was known as “tractor grandpa” to his grandkids. He also was an avid golfer with a standing tee time every Sunday at Settler’s Hill, where he created lasting friendships for years. Fishing also caught his attention very early in life with his father and brothers, and he returned the favor by sharing that passion with his kids and grandkids. Together they brought in huge catches—not just tall tales. Bill was passionate about all of God’s creatures, especially dogs, many of which found a place not only in his heart but also in his home. Bill loved his family with the strength of 10 men, and was most happy when surrounded by the love of his wife, his children and later, his grandchildren who became the apple of his eye and the talk of the town. Bill leaves millions of memories and a legacy of love and passion that will be carried on by his family and friends for generations to come.

He is survived by his loving wife, Nancy; three children, Philip (Emily) Roxworthy and their children, Lucy, Mack, Hope and Chloe, Kelly (Ethan) Matyas and their children, Jake, Charlie, and Grace, and Kerry (Ian) Franke and their children, Brendan, Alison and Megan; four siblings, Jim (Barbara) Roxworthy, Pat Rydin, Don (Jo Ellen) Roxworthy and Dennis (Laurie) Roxworthy; one sister-in-law, Dorothy Roxworthy; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Thomas Roxworthy; sister-in-law, Connie Roxworthy; brother-in-law, Russell Rydin; two nephews, David Roxworthy and Brian Mack; and his mother and father-in-law, John and Mary Ellen Mack.

Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m., with a wake service to conclude visitation at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. A brief visitation began the following morning at 9 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30, also at the funeral home, and conclude with military honors. Following the presentation, there was a short procession to St. Gall Catholic Church, where there was a Catholic Mass to celebrate his life, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Fr. Karl Ganss, pastor of the church, officiated. Private family interment will follow cremation at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Bill’s name to benefit his favorite charities, including the ASPCA, Delnor Foundation and the Wounded Warrior Project. Checks may be made to the “William Roxworthy Memorial” 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, where you can find his full life story.

Helmut Wituk

Helmut Wituk, 63, passed away Nov. 25, 2011, at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice Center in Wichita, Kan. He was born in Wels, Austria, on Dec. 17, 1947, the first of eight children born to Wassil and Katherine Zehetner Wituk.

As a small child, his family moved to Elburn. After graduating from high school, he served in the United States Air Force.

While stationed at McConnell AFB, he would meet the love of his life. On Aug. 8, 1970, he married Carol Vinduska at Pilsen, Kan. Here, they would make their family home. Helmut was a sales representative for many years with Donahue Manufacturing; he later worked for Golden Living Center and Prairie Land Partners in maintenance.

Helmut was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jim. He is survived by his loving wife, Carol; sons, Jason Wituk of Wichita, and Scott Wituk of Wichita; five grandchildren, Madeline, Braden, Emma, Nathan and Alex; and siblings, Mark Wituk of Batavia, Judy Woods of Montgomery, Fran Joyner of Elburn, Kathy McIlnay of New Bedford, Ill., Betty Wituk of Batavia, and Heidi Jakubaitis of Batavia.

All services will be held at Holy Family Parish, St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Pilsen, Neb., with the Rosary at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, and the Funeral Mass to be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1. Interment will be in the Pilsen Cemetery. Memorial funds have been established for the Fr. Kapaun Building Fund or the American Cancer Society in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, PO Box 6, Marion, KS, 66861.

Douglas Murrey Zolper

Douglas Murrey Zolper, 73, of Scottsdale, Ariz., formerly of Aurora and Sugar Grove, passed away on Friday, Nov. 25, 2011. He was born Dec. 10, 1937, in Elgin, the son of the late William L. and Mary Ellen Zolper.

Doug married Mary Lou Southwick on Dec. 28, 1963, in Aurora.

Doug graduated from West Aurora High School in 1956 and then earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Education at Aurora University. He later attained his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration at Northern Illinois University. Doug began his teaching career with School District 129 in 1962 at Nicholson Elementary School. In 1966, he was appointed Director of Gifted Education and Staff In-Service Training for West Aurora Schools.

In 1972, Doug was named the Principal at Greenman Elementary School and remained in that position until his retirement in 1994. In 1993, he was honored with the West Aurora School District’s Golden Apple Award for his many contributions over his 32 years with the district. Doug had many fond memories of the students, staff and parents at Greenman Elementary School, and he missed them dearly. In 1997, Doug and Mary Lou moved to Scottsdale, Ariz. They enjoyed traveling, especially a leisurely cruise or a visit to interesting places, such as Bangkok, Berlin, Istanbul, London, and the coastal villages of Cornwall. The best summer days were spent with family and friends on the Prestbury Golf Course and the Outer Banks in North Carolina.

Doug is survived by his wife, Mary Lou of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and his sister, Sandra Zolper of Aurora.

In addition to his parents, Doug was preceded in death by his daughter, Melissa Leigh Davidson; and his brother, Michael Zolper.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, at The Healy Chapel. 332 W. Downer Place, Aurora. A private graveside service will take place on Friday, Dec. 2, at Riverside Cemetery, Montgomery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the Foundation for the West Aurora Schools in care of the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, 111 W. Downer Place, Suite 312, Aurora, IL 60506-9913, or to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, Bethesda, MD 20814.

For further information, please call (630) 897-9291 or visit www.healychapel.com to leave an online condolence.

Donald A. McPhail

Donald A. McPhail, 65, of Aurora, formerly of Naperville, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011, at his home. He was born Aug. 28, 1945, in Detroit, Mich., the son of Joseph and Margaret (McLean) McPhail.

Donald served his country in the U.S. Air Force during Vietnam as an A37 pilot. He was an aerobatic pilot and flew experimental planes with the EAA. Donald was a pilot for American Airlines for 32 years. He loved golfing, kayaking, biking and RVing. Donald was a proud grandpa.

Survivors include his wife, Bobbie; kids, Mike (Aika) McPhail, Michele (Adam) Stowers, Jeff (Jeannie) LaMarre, Suzy (Jay) Boxer and Kelly (Paul) Dahl; grandchildren, Lauren, Jackie, Tucker, Natalie, Jack, Jake, Sophie and Violet; siblings, Inez Neuenfeldt, Deerdre Hambleton, John McPhail and Alan McPhail.

A memorial visitation will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 3 to 6 p.m. at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove, IL 60554. Military honors will be at 6 p.m., followed by a time of sharing.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, 143 First St., Batavia, IL 60510 or the Melanoma Research Foundation, 1411 K St. NW #500, Washington, DC 20005.

For further information, please call (630) 466-1330 or visit www.healychapel.com to leave an online condolence.

Michael Duane Parrette

Michael Duane Parrette, 62, of Sugar Grove, formerly of Michigan and Iowa, passed away unexpectedly Nov. 12, 2011.

He was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Oct. 31, 1949, the son of Richard and Rita (Smith) Parrette.

Mike grew up in Saginaw, Mich., and attended local schools. He graduated from Parkside High School in Jackson, Mich., with the class of 1967, and then graduated from Grand Valley State College in Michigan with a B.S. in business. Mike’s work took him throughout the Midwest. Ingersoll-Rand, Tooling Systems and Reynolds all benefited from his expertise, and most recently, Mike worked for his brother’s company, Packaging Logic.

Mike met Paula Taber in the summer of 1971. They were married July 13, 1974, in Saginaw, Mich.

They began their new life together in Jackson, but moved as they followed Mike’s work throughout the Midwest. Along the way they were blessed with Michael Duane II and Jenny Anne. In 1993, they settled in Illinois, making their home in Sugar Grove in 2001.

Mike volunteered for the Naperville Community Radio Watch, or the NCRW, as well as several business organizations throughout the years.

Mike loved sailing and found windsurfing a delightful challenge. In his younger years, he enjoyed hunting and was an excellent marksman. He loved the blues, Motown, and the harmonica. Mike and Paula were involved in several euchre clubs and made many close friendships. He loved to talk, period. He loved his dogs, especially his Sweetness. Mike made many friends over the years, and they stood the test of time. He was a born salesman and one of the best. The most important thing to Mike was being a loving husband, father and good provider. Mike left too soon to say goodbye, but not before leaving a lifetime of memories.

He is survived by his loving wife, Paula; two children, Mike (Jessica Stines) Parrette of Kaneville and Jenny Parrette of Naperville; his father, Richard T. Parrette Sr., five siblings, Sharon (Richard) Ulrey, Cyndy (Richard) Poulos, Richard T. (Valerie) Parrette Jr., Janie (Richard) Lefere and Candi (Brian) Gudowski; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Rita Jo; and brother, Kim S. Parrette.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL. A memorial service to celebrate his life will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, with the Rev. Lisa Kruse-Stafford of The Cornerstone Methodist Church of Plato Center officiating, also at the funeral home. Private family cremation burial will occur at a later date.

A memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities, including American Heart Association and Rover Rescue. Checks may be made to the “Michael Parrette Memorial” 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.

Jeannette Wright

Jeannette Wright, 87, of Hinckley, passed from this life to eternal life on Wednesday evening, Nov. 9, 2011, at Franklin Grove Nursing Center in Franklin Grove, Ill., where she had recently made her home.

She was born Nov. 11, 1923, the daughter of Lewis and Rae (Finkel) Farley in Princeton, Ill.

Jeannette grew up in Bradford, Ill., and attended local schools. She graduated in 1941, not only with a diploma, but with the heart of her future husband, Donald Wright, as well.

On March 8, 1945, Jeannette was united in marriage to Donald in a double ceremony with her brother, Francis and Norma (Johnson) Farley at the Kaneville United Methodist Church.

They farmed briefly in Bradford before renting the Terrill Farm on Scott Road, near Kaneville. They remained there for 10 years and were blessed with three children, Janice, Gary and Joan. Moving then to Sugar Grove, they farmed the Alexander Farm on Prairie Road, where their fourth child, Susanne, was born. Eight years later, they moved to Big Rock, where they lived on the O’Brien Farm on Jericho Road. In 1973, the Waldee Farm on Shabbona Grove Road near Waterman became home, and they continued there until 1988, when Donald and Jeannette moved to town and settled in Hinckley, where she continued to live following Donald’s passing in 2008. Later, when her health began to decline, she moved to be near her daughter in Franklin Grove, Ill.

She was a faithful member of the Methodist Church, including Boyd’s Grove, Kaneville, Waterman and the Hinckley First United Methodist Church. In Kaneville, she was member of the La Kelvine Club, was a Sunday School teacher and Sunday School Superintendent. Jeannette also was a member of the Indian Oaks Country Club in Shabbona, Ill., where she and Don loved to have hours of fun, one tee shot at a time. As the girls grew up, Jeannette became involved in 4-H. Later, after being “kicked out” of the young adults card club because she was no longer “young,” Jeannette dealt cards for the next 40 years in the 500 Card Club, which she established with her friends.

Jeannette was a devoted and loving wife and mother. She was the quintessential “farmer’s wife,” whose talents in the kitchen kept her family and friends well fed with everything good under the sun. Those recipes were gold and have now become priceless as they have been passed down to not only family, but lucky friends who have taken her legacy and shared it with the next generation.

In later years, there was nothing she loved more than to make cookies with her grandchildren, and they loved nothing more than to eat them, especially her snickerdoodles. Jeannette’s hands were never idle, as she sewed many of her and her children’s clothes, crocheted and made the warmest quilts, each one made with love in every stitch. She also had an incredibly green thumb both inside and outside of the house. There was nothing she couldn’t grow. It was these and thousands of other memories that made her so beloved. Jeannette will never be forgotten.

She is survived by four children, Janice (John) Carnes of Franklin Grove, Ill., Gary (Mary) Wright of Urbana, Ill., Joan (William) Dorion of Hinckley and Susanne (Mark) Whitt; four grandchildren, Nicole Dorion of Louisville, Ken., Ashley Dorion of Fulton, Mo., Caitlyn Whitt and Dylan Whitt of Hinckley; one sister, Jean (Hank) Greenstreet of Oswego, Ill.; and one sister-in-law, Norma Farley of Aurora; as well as several nieces and nephews, and a lifetime of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Donald; brother, Francis Farley; sister, Debbie Moffitt; and brother-in-law, Everett Moffitt.

Visitation was from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, at the Hinckley First United Methodist Church, 801 N. Sycamore St., in Hinckley. A service to celebrate her life followed visitation at 7 p.m. Rev. Laura Crites, pastor of the church, officiated with private family burial to follow at a later date.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit the Hinckley First United Methodist Church. Checks may be made to the “Jeannette Wright Memorial” 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.

Chad Ryan Johnson

Chad Ryan Johnson, 32, of Elburn, now rests in his faith and the arms of his Savior after passing away unexpectedly at home, leaving this Earth too soon on Monday, Oct. 24, 2011.

He was born Nov. 17, 1978, in Oak Park, Ill., the son of Ken Johnson and Vicki (Johnson) Linden.

Chad grew up in Elburn and attended local schools, splitting his education between the Fox Valley Lutheran Academy and Kaneland High School. During his tenure, he made a name for himself on the Kaneland varsity baseball team. Chad racked up hundreds of “K’s,” beginning with pitching a no-hitter when he was only 12.

Following his graduation in 1997, Chad went on to attend Waubonsee Community College for a time before transferring to Northern Illinois University, where he studied Criminology.

He was a faithful and active member of Grace Lutheran Church, where he was a member of the Vision Team as well as part of a music team, planning out selections for the weekly services. He also showed his competitive side as a member of the church softball and bowling teams.

Chad loved the outdoors, no matter the season, and often spent time making sure all the local birds, squirrels and more were fed by filling various feeders throughout the year. He was an avid fisherman, and the best fishing partner you could find. Chad took part in 25 years of Muskie tournaments, but dedicated his time and his heart to Squirrel Lake in Minocqua, Wis.

Even when he had little to share, Chad supported many organizations, including the Blind Skiing Association, Special Olympics, Easter Seals and several others. When it came to supporting his favorite sports teams, the Green Bay Packers, the Mighty Ducks, the White Sox and NASCAR, especially Dale Earnhardt Sr., you could find no bigger fan. You could find no better son brother or friend either.

Although he was large in stature, his heart was even bigger, and he easily wore it on his sleeve, ready to care and to protect those in need. Chad was also the king of giving. Whether it was gifts at Christmas, cards at birthdays or special attention during a difficult time, no one cared more than Chad.

He is survived by his parents, Ken (Gina) Johnson and Vicki (Larry) Linden; one brother, Greg (Kate) Johnson; five step-brothers and sisters, Nicki Graham, Bob Graham, Michael (Kayla) Linden, Mathew (Monica) Linden and Michele (Kyle) Breyne; several aunts, uncles, cousins, and his faithful four-legged feline friends, Carla, L.B. and Mischief, will all miss him dearly.

He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Melvin and Erma Johnson; and his maternal grandparents, Harry and Violet Johnson.

Visitation was held Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, at Grace Lutheran Church in Lily Lake.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit Grace Lutheran Church and other favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Chad Johnson Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or online at conleycare.com. His giving did not end with his death, but gave life to others through Gift of Hope, an organ transplant and donation organization.

Erling ‘Erl’ Pederson

Erling “Erl” Pedersen, 90, beloved husband of Christine (nee Carsten) of 35 years, passed away after a courageous battle, at home on Nov. 4, 2011.

Loving and devoted father of Rod (RaeAnn) and Glenn (Sherri); cherished grandfather to 10, Deanne, Glenn (Lisa), Holly (Mark), Dana (Kevin), Michael (Nicole), Chad (Nicole), Derek, Andrew, Brian and Shannon; great-grandfather to Kevin, Morgan, Brittney, Katelyn, Andrew, Courtney, Alyssa, and Ava. Erl is also survived by his dear sister, Lilly and family.

Erl was preceded in death by his parents, Einar and Christine; father-in-law, Cliff; and brother-in-law, Paul.

Erl emigrated from Denmark to Chicago in 1929, spending his youth in the Humboldt Park area, where he would later graduate from Lane Tech High School. Erl also spent time as a baseball player for the Chicago Cubs farm team in Appleton, Wis. A veteran of the D-Day invasion of World War II, Erl was a proud American. Active in his community, Erl was a respected trustee of Maple Park and in Carol Stream, Ill., where he and Chris lived for 14 years. In addition, he was an elected alderman of West Chicago while they lived there for 12 years.

He will be dearly missed by extended family and friends. Funeral services will be on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 11 a.m. at Salem Lutheran Church, 1145 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, with Rev. Rob Kinnear officiating.

Visitation will be on Wednesday from 1 to 9 p.m. at the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, and from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Thursday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the family, or Seasons Hospice of DesPlaines. For information or to sign the online guest book, go to ButalaFuneralHomes.com or call (815) 895-2833.

Richard ‘Dick’ K. Noren

Richard “Dick” K. Noren, 76, of Campton Township, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family, on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011.

He was born Sept. 18, 1935, in St. Charles, the son of Kenneth and Elsie (Johnson) Noren.

Dick grew up in St. Charles and attended local schools. He was a member of the rifle club before graduating from St. Charles High School with the class of 1954. Following graduation, Dick began working at Moline Foundry on Dean Street in St. Charles before serving his country in the United States Army.

Dick was proud of the fact that he was once stationed in the same place as Elvis Presley in Friedberg, Germany. Following his honorable discharge, Dick returned to civilian life and his job at the foundry.

On June 25, 1966, he was united in marriage to Mary Anne Weirich, a long-time family friend whose husband Raymond raced stock cars with Dick before Raymond’s passing in 1962. They made their home in Batavia briefly before moving to the present family home in Campton Township, where they had room to raise children and Saint Bernards.

After Moline closed its doors, Dick, at 58 years old, ran as a “write in” candidate for the Campton Township Road Commissioner and won. He proudly served two terms before he relinquished his role in 2001. Retirement was just a word for Dick, so instead of taking it easy, he went to work part-time for Life Saving Enterprise in Lily Lake.

In his younger years, Dick raced stock cars at Mazon and Soldier Field before it became the home of the Chicago Bears. In later years, he couldn’t be pulled away from the television until the checkered flag flew. In high school, he learned to race pigeons; his careful, strong hands guiding and teaching each bird with care. As an adult, those same hands built many bird houses that decorated his lawn, and the lawns of family and friends, where he enjoyed watching the birds make them into a home. He also hand-crafted mangers that were donated to local churches.

Dick loved to test the odds by playing the Lotto and searched for “Lady Luck” at various gambling boats. When peace and quiet reigned at home, he enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and word searches for hours. You could always find Dick in his customary cap, and you were always welcome to tip back a few cups of his homemade alcohol. Whether it was Dandelion Wine, Corn Cob Whiskey or a peach concoction that would make your hair stand on end, Dick was always ready to share.

He also was the first to keep in touch with family and friends through thoughtful hand-picked cards that he unfailingly sent on special occasions or for no occasion at all. Following his wife’s passing, Snuffy, his faithful four-legged friend, helped keep him company and helped “guard” his home, alongside Dick’s .38 special.

Dick had a strong spirit that helped him overcome many obstacles in life. Even in his later years, when he battled through the loss of his legs and hip replacement, Dick remained positive, refusing to be beat. In the end his body broke, but his spirit never did, and that strength of spirit and character has been passed on to the next generations, who will carry on his legacy and his memories, making sure that he lives on in the hearts of all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his constant companion, Snuffy; one daughter, Cecilia Vermaat of Batavia; one son, John (Karen) Weirch, Ocala, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Christopher Vermaat of Elburn, Amy (Matthew) Rubeck of Sycamore, Mary Anne Zuniga of Batavia, Brian (Deanna) Thielk of St. Charles, Raelene Thielk of Geneva, Paula Thielk of Batavia, Stephanie (Wayne) Jenkins of Frederick, Md., and Amy (Matthew) Rubeck of Sycamore; and 13 great-grandchildren, James, Adriana, Andrew, Brandon, Jinae, Jarin, Joah, Jace, Anthony, Taeah, Trey, Talia and Wayne Jenkins III. In addition, he leaves several nieces, nephews and a close family of friends and neighbors.

He is preceded in death by his parents; loving wife, Mary Anne; one sister, Beverly Bateman; and a daughter, Ruth Anne Weirich.

Visitation will be on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A memorial service to celebrate his life will follow visitation at 11 a.m. The Rev. Ernst Rex, pastor of the Grace Lutheran Church, will officiate. Private family interment will follow at a later date.

A memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Dick Noren Memorial” 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 conleycare.com.

Arnold H. Gehrke

Arnold H. Gehrke, 81, of Maple Park, passed away peacefully into the arms of his Savior, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family after a 30-year battle with Parkinsons Disease, in the early morning hours on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011.

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Marie; two sons, Robert (Beth) Gehrke and their children, Wayne and Carolyn of Elgin, and Gordon (Sherry) Gehrke of Maple Park; three nieces, Karen (Phil) Stojan of Maple Park, Donna (John) Happersberger of Indianapolis, Ind., and Joyce (Henry) Schwebel of Jacksonville, Fla.; and one sister-in-law, Mildred Winkelmann of Elburn.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his step-mother, Margaret Gehrke; his brother-in-law, Emil Winkelmann; and one nephew, Glen Winkelmann.

Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27, at St. Peters Lutheran Church North Plato, 43W301 Plank Road, east of Route 47 on Plank Road, Hampshire, Ill.

A funeral to celebrate his life began at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, also at the church. The Rev. Gerhard Mau, pastor of the church, officiated, and interment followed at Lily Lake Cemetery, Lily Lake.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit St. Peters Lutheran Church North Plato. Checks may be made to the church and mailed in care of St. Peters Lutheran Church North Plato, 43W301 Plank Road, Hampshire, IL. Tributes may also be forwarded to P.O. Box 66 or online at www.conleycare.com.

Marjorie (Lucille) Wigton

Marjorie (Lucille) Wigton, 101, of Aurora, formerly of Batavia, now rests in the everlasting arms of her Savior after passing away peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 27, at Countryside Care Center in Aurora.

Technically born a Leo on July 29, 1911, Marjorie was really a “lamb” and was a blessing to her parents, Theron “Brownie” and Georgie (Snyder) Wigton.

From birth, Brownie wanted his baby girl to be a harpist, as he himself was a musician who played throughout the United States. He waited patiently for 12 years before her instruction would begin, and begin it did with practice six to seven hours a day. Wiggy took to it so naturally that after only two years learning under a local teacher, the “student became the master” and she was sent to Wurlitzer in Chicago to study under the great Italian Master, Alberto Salvi. He told most students to “go home and help wash the dishes,” but not Wiggy. Though practice took much of her time, it never deterred her from her studies, and she graduated from East Aurora High School in 1929. Her father died several years later, and so Wiggy put down her harp to help support the family.

In 1936, Wiggy became a “Zephyrette,” a group of women stewardess’ on a train that traveled nationwide. When the war came five years later, the trains had barely enough room for the soldiers, so the Zephyrettes were disbanded. Wiggy went back to Chicago and found work in accounting and later in the law departments of the Burlington Railroad. She retired in 1976 after 39 years of service.

Retirement gave her an excuse to return to her passion. She was known to say that you don’t “master the harp—the harp masters you.” Few could argue that she became one with her instrument, and her talent brought her into the company of many other locally renowned musicians and orchestras throughout the years, playing at the NBC Orchestra Silken Strings Hour, Chicago Amphitheater, The Aurora Symphony, Interlochen Music Camp Orchestra, Fox Valley Music Festival, Blackhawk Concert Orchestra—later, the Civic Orchestra of Aurora and soloed with the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra.

Wiggy also shared her passion at weddings, concerts and other functions throughout the Chicagoland area. Her heart was meant for playing music with a passion that wouldn’t be denied and although she never married, she was always quick to add that she “broke a lot of hearts.”

In recent years, she was known as the “Mayor of Stone Manor Circle” and had several articles written about her life and her playing that were featured in local newspapers and the Chicago Tribune. Wiggy also was a member of the Chicago Musicians Union for over 65 years. She had a great sense of humor, loved riddles and was a friend to many, often saying “I love everybody, no matter who you are or how you are made.

In recent years, Wiggy began every morning by praying for others while she played The Lord’s Prayer on her harp, sometimes having so many that she had to play it twice. She will be missed by many and although the sound of her harp now becomes a distant echo, she will never be forgotten in the hearts of all who loved her.

Survivors include one nephew, Ron (fiance Ann Brown) Wigton; two nieces, Janet (Pat) Inlow and JoAnn (Roy) Boeckler; three great-nephews, Ken (Wendy) Wigton, Jeff (Aimee) Wigton and Scott (Pam) Inlo; one great-niece, Sheri (Ed) Washeleski; three great-great nephews, Alex Wigton, Nathan Wigton and Carter Wigton; one great-great niece, Beth Wigton; cousins, Richard and Marie Murphy; and special long-time friends, Sharon “Sandy” Sanderson and Mary Anast. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Wayne Wigton.

Visitation to celebrate her life and her passion was held Monday, Oct. 31, at Conley Funeral Home. Private family burial will occur at a later date.

A memorial will be established in her name to benefit Wayside Cross and other favorite charities. Memorials checks may be made to the Marjorie “Wiggy” Wigton Memorial and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through conleycare.com.

Maxie Jean Francis Todd

Maxie Jean Francis Todd was born Aug. 1, 1920, to James W. and Naomi Francis in Bogart, Missouri. She was the oldest of three children. On Dec. 12, 1942, she married James E. Todd Jr. in Chicago.

In 1949, they moved to Sugar Grove, with their two little girls. They decided Sugar Grove was a wonderful place to raise their two daughters and later a son. James and Maxie joined Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, the Young Adult Club and later “Senior Citizens.” They always participated enthusiastically.

Some younger folks may remember Maxie as Mr. Crow’s secretary at Sugar Grove Elementary School. Later she worked at Hartford Insurance in St. Charles.

In raising her children, Maxie was often heard admonishing them to “Love one another,” “Be kind to one another,” and “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” Her children blessed her with eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She loved them all well. Maxie was full of life and lots of energy.

She went home to be with the Lord quietly in her sleep on Oct. 30, 2011.

Maxie is survived by all three of her children; Sherlyn Holdeman of Naperville, Jerolee Richards (Stan) of Naples, Fla., James E. Todd III of Fall River, Wis.; and all of her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, her husband and a son-in-law, Roger.

We praise the Lord for her life and all that she meant to us.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 4, at noon at Sugar Grove United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held Thursday, Nov. 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Healy Chapel in Sugar Grove, 370 Division Drive. Interment will take place at Sugar Grove Cemetery. For further information, please call (630) 466-1330 or visit www.healychapel.com to sign the online guest book.

Chad Ryan Johnson

Chad Ryan Johnson, 32, of Elburn, now rests in his faith and the arms of his Savior after passing away unexpectedly at home, leaving this earth too soon on Monday, Oct. 24, 2011.

He is survived by his parents, Ken (Gina) Johnson and Vicki (Larry) Linden; one brother, Greg (Kate) Johnson; five step-brothers and sisters, Nicki Graham, Bob Graham, Michael (Kayla) Linden, Mathew (Monica) Linden, Michele (Kyle) Breyne; several aunts, uncles, cousins and his faithful four-legged feline friends, Carla, L.B. and Mischief, will all miss him dearly.

He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Melvin and Erma Johnson; and his maternal grandparents, Harry and Violet Johnson.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, at Grace Lutheran Church, 5N600 Hansen Road, Lily Lake. A funeral to celebrate his life will be at the church, on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. The Rev. Ernst Rex, pastor of the church, will officiate, and interment will follow at Blackberry Township Cemetery, Elburn.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit Grace Lutheran Church and other favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Chad Johnson Memorial” 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. His giving did not end with his death but gave life to others through Gift of Hope, an organ transplant and donation organization.

Wassil Wituk

Wassil Wituk, 88, of Batavia, formerly of Elburn, passed away in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Oct. 25, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family.

He is survived by seven children, Helmut (Carole) Wituk, Mark (Cathy) Wituk, Judy (Jim) Woods, Fran (John) Joyner, Kathy McIlnay, Betty Wituk and Heidi (Joe) Jakubaitis; 19 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren with another on the way.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Katherine; one son, Jim Wituk; and a grandson, Randy Joyner.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6:30 p.m., with a funeral service to follow at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. Fr. Karl Ganss, pastor of St. Gall Catholic Church, will officiate with private family interment following cremation.

A memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Wassil Wituk Memorial” 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. The family wishes to thank a special care giver, Regina Rimaviciene of the Aurora Rehabilitation Center, where Wassil recently made his home, and especially Hospice Passages for their outstanding care for Wassil and the rest of the family, as well.

Donnakay F. Boudreau-Mahan

Donnakay F. Boudreau-Mahan, 69, of Bradley, Ill., died Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011, at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. She was born Aug. 13, 1942, in Chicago, the daughter of George D. and Ruth D. Hoger Boudreau. Ms. Mahan worked in food service at Kankakee School District 111.

She is survived by her daughter, Julie-Ann C. and Glenn Fuchs of Kaneville; two grandsons, Ryan and Kevin Fuchs; three brothers, G. Daniel and Eileen Boudreau of Clifton; Richard and Jeanne Boudreau of Chebanse; and Marc Boudreau of Bourbonnais; her sweetheart, Dick Hecht of Bradley; four nieces and one nephew. Memorials may be made for her grandson’s education. Sign her guestbook at clancygernon.com.

Mary Elba Roberts

Mary Elba Roberts, 87, of Maple Park, passed away at her home on Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family.

She is survived by three children, Dorlis Roberts, Tommy (June) Roberts and Janet Roberts; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren with another along the way; two siblings, Hershel Brown and Edna Cooper; many nieces, nephews and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Wayne; one son, Truman; and seven siblings.

Visitation was Friday, Oct. 7, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, from 10 a.m. to noon followed directly by a graveside service with Rev. Mark Harkness, pastor of the Kaneville United Methodist Church, officiating and at East Pierce Cemetery, Maple Park.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit DeKalb Hospice. Checks may be made to the “Mary Roberts Memorial” 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.

George Edward Fleming

George Edward Fleming, 93, of Wheaton, Ill., formerly of St. Charles, passed away peacefully surrounded by the love and prayers of his family on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011, at Wynscape Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

He was born on Jan. 25, 1918, the son of Antoine and Marguerite (Renier) Vlemink in Chicago. George was raised in Oak Park, Ill., and attended the local schools there. He graduated from Oak Park-River Forest High School in 1936. He continued his education at Northwestern University, where he received his liberal arts degree and then his doctor of dental surgery degree in 1943.

George heard the calling of his country and enlisted in the United States Navy, serving in the Dental Corp. He was stationed at the Great Lakes Naval Base, as well as Treasure Island in San Francisco, Calif. He returned to civilian life, but continued to serve in the Naval Reserves for 24 years, eventually retiring in 1978 as a Commander.

George had a double major of sorts while in college. His first was in dentistry, but his second began the moment he found the love of his life, Irene Kostre. Their two hearts became one when they were married on April 16, 1943. George and Irene began their life together while he was stationed at Great Lakes Naval Base, where they welcomed their first son, George. They returned to the Chicago area after the war and made their home on the North Side. It was at this time George began his own dental practice on Spring Road in Elmhurst, Ill. Over the course of their marriage, the family grew to include four more children, James, Barbara, Robert and Richard. The family lived in Elmhurst for a few years and then moved to St. Charles in 1953, where they lived on Golden Oak Farm. In later years, after Irene’s passing and his health began to decline, George moved to Wheaton, where he made his home at the Wyndemere campus. He passed into eternal life on his beloved wife’s birthday, Sept. 29.

George served his community faithfully during his lifetime. He was a member of the Kane County Board and also the Baker Memorial United Methodist Church. He was also the past Executive Secretary, Board of Trustees—Baker Community Center and past president of the Far West Study Club of the Chicago Dental Society.

George loved to spend time on the links and play as many rounds as possible. Music also spoke to his heart and his hands. Many nights while at Northwestern, after only a few hours of sleep, George played the bass at various gigs, finishing his homework while on break. He never received less than stellar marks on both music and educational fronts. He continued to play his bass professionally throughout the Chicago area.

He is survived by his five children, George (Peggy) Fleming of Chippewa Falls, Wis., James (Kathleen) Fleming of St. Charles, Barbara (David) Webster of Geneva, Robert (Cheryl) Fleming of Chicago, and Richard Fleming of Geneva; eight grandchildren, Rachel Fleming, Nathan (Nicki) Fleming, Ryan Fleming (fiance Lauren Wolowiec), Eric (Lauren) Fleming, Elizabeth (Christoph) Groth, Andrew Webster, Michael Fleming, and Joseph Fleming; two great-grandchildren, Henry Imsande and Max Groth.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Irene; and two sisters, Mary Lou and Josephine.

Private services have already been held, and interment took place at Prairie Cemetery in St. Charles.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities, which include the Baker Memorial United Methodist Church. Checks may be made to the “George Fleming Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com .

Norma J. Ludwig

Norma J. Ludwig, 78, a resident of Mountain Home, Ark., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011.

She was born Dec. 25, 1932, in Geneva, to Fred and Francis (Levy) Wacaser. Norma married Loren Emmit Ludwig on June 20, 1953, in Wheaton, Ill. She was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church in Glen Ellyn, Ill. In 1999, Norma and Loren moved to Mountain Home from Elburn. She was a member of the Lions Club in Elburn and the Elks Lodge No. 1714 in Mountain Home. Norma was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter, Wendy Ludwig.

Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Loren Ludwig of Mountain Home, Ark.; a son and daughter-in-law, Loren E. and Lauri Ludwig of Oswego, Ill.; two daughters and a son-in-law, Karen Lynch Jones of Elburn and Yvonne and Todd Dietz of Oswego, Ill; two sisters, Dianne Vesio of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Sharon Ripa of Peabody, Mass.; 10 grandchildren and their spouses; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held Monday, Oct. 3, at Forest Hill Cemetery in Glen Ellyn, Ill., with the Rev. Richard Likeness officiating. Burial was in Forest Hill Cemetery under the direction of Leonard Memorial Home in Glen Ellyn, Ill.

Henry G. ‘Butch’ Larsen

Butch Larsen, 70, of Marseilles, Ill., died Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, at Provena Hospital in Joliet, Ill. Funeral services were held on Sept. 22, 2011, at the Osborne-Nelson Funeral Home in Seneca, Ill. Burial was in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Seneca.

Butch was born Aug. 25, 1941, in Sycamore to Hank and Alma (Beck) Larsen. He married Nacine Lyles on Oct. 21, 1967, in Maple Park at the Grace Limited Church. She died Oct. 1, 2002.

Butch was a retired heavy equipment operator and was a member of Local 150.

He is survived by a son, Scott Larsen of Ottawa; three daughters, Tina Whited, Rhonda Read and Terry (Danny) Ricks, all of Alabama; 16 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Anna Mae (John) Olson of Maple Park; and a loving friend, Diane Hanlon, of Marseilles.

He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; one son, Samuel; and one grandson, Benjamin.

Memorials may be directed to the family in care of Osborne-Nelson Funeral Home, 135 E. Lincoln St., Seneca, IL 61360.

Carol L. Capes

Carol L. Capes of Green Valley, Ariz., joined our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sept. 27, 2011, after a five-year battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP).

Carol was born May 30, 1942, as the oldest child of Elmer and Leona (Knop) Pieper in Atlantic, Iowa.

Carol is preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Lana Berglund; and a brother, Lynn, who died in infancy. She is survived by her husband, Dean D. Capes; three sons, Daniel and (Darla) Capes of Herrin, Ill., David and (Sandra Pollnow) Capes of Genoa, Ill., Douglas and (Melinda Scissom) Capes of Whitwell, Tenn.; six grandchildren, Jimmy Lee Capes, Brandon David Capes, Nicholas James Capes, Kimberly Nicole Capes, Lacy Michelle Capes, Logan Andrew Capes; one brother, Jay B. and (Beverly Schultz) Pieper of Wayland, Mass.; one niece, Cynthia and (Arsallan) Afkhami; one brother-in-law, Barry Berglund of Greensboro, N.C.; one nephew, Morgan and (Chaeli) Berglund; and several grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Carol spent her early years growing up on a farm in Elk River, Minn., later moving to Boone, Iowa, and graduated in the Class of 1960. Carol attended Valparaiso University for her freshman year. She transferred to Drake University, majoring in Spanish with a minor in French, graduating in 1964. During her time at Drake, she worked at the Drake library, where she met her husband and the love of her life, Dean Capes.

They were married June 6, 1964. They took up residency in Elburn, which was their home for 44 years. Carol took a job as a school teacher at Oswego Middle School, teaching Spanish until Dan (their first son) was born. During the next two years, David and Doug were born.

Carol was very active with church activities. She had a gift and passion for working with churches and promoting God’s work from Sunday School teacher to church administrator. She was raised Missouri Synod Lutheran, 10 years United Church of Christ, 10 years Grace Lutheran Church, 10 years Rejoice Lutheran Church, during which time Carol and Dean were charter members of the new mission church, Rejoice, located in Geneva. Carol was administrator during the mission phase and through construction.

Carol shared her talents to make people around her better. She always made the pastor look good with her organizational ability and being a stickler for detail. It was 2006 when retirement and the Lord brought them to Green Valley and Desert Hills Lutheran Church.

Carol loved to help people. The people of Elburn have reminded Dean how she touched so many lives with her swimming lessons for both young and old. People always referred to Capes’s pool as the only place for swimming lessons. Carol even had a group of workmen that wanted to learn to swim and did so in the evening after work. She would give lessons to over 100 children in the area each summer for three generations.

When grandmothers were bringing their grandchildren, and she had taught all three generations, Carol felt it was time to retire from giving swimming lessons. This allowed Carol to devote more of her time and talents to God’s work. She had many dear friends in Elburn that worked with her to promote God’s work. Carol had three other activities that she enjoyed. She flew single-engine aircraft every Thursday and was instrument rated. Dean and Carol square danced for over 28 years, helping people learn to dance and did so three to five times per week until a mystery disease stopped this activity. Carol loved to travel and do things.

In 2006, everything changed, and the mystery disease got its name; that’s when Carol was diagnosed with PSP, which has no known cause, treatment or cure. During the early years of retirement, Carol and Dean were “snowbirds,” spending their summers at their beautiful home at Knights Templar Club in Summit Lake, Wis.

The last two years, Carol was not able to travel and stayed in her Arizona Dream House. The progressive nature of the disease kept moving forward. Carol worked very hard to fight the disease and remain active. She looked forward to every Sunday, going to church and Sunday evening pizza at Two Girls Pizza, Wednesday going to Bible study, Friday getting her hair and nails done and going to the doctor, during the week going to Mama’s Kitchen and having breakfast and watching many friends and people come into the restaurant. Carol would give them a smile and thumbs up until the disease attacked those muscles, and then those trademarks were gone.

She loved going to Nancy Pantz and Meredith Hallmark to visit or shop.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Desert Hills Lutheran Church, Green Valley, Ariz., or Knights Templar Club Memorial Fund, PO Box 130, Summit Lake, WI 54485. Arizona Memorial Services will be 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Desert Hills Lutheran Church, 2150 S. Camino del Sol, Green Valley, AZ 85622.

Illinois Memorial Services will be Sunday, Oct. 16, at 2 p.m. Visitation will be Saturday, Oct. 15, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W Pierce St., Elburn, with private interment of her ashes at Blackberry Township Cemetery, Elburn.

Robert A. Gilkey

Robert A. Gilkey, 75, Fort Atkinson, Wis., died on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, at home.

He was born on December 10, 1935 in Fort Atkinson, the son of the late Edwin and Helen (Paulson) Gilkey.

Bob married Janice M. Mitchell on April 14, 1984 in Yorkville. He was a graduate of the Elburn High School in Elburn, Illinois, class of 1955.

Following high school, he joined the Army and served from 1955-1958. Bob was employed by Lyon Metal Products in Montgomery for 37 years. Most recently, he was employed by Blodgett Garden Center in Fort Atkinson for 16 years. He was a member of the Aurora Lodge No. 254 A.F. & A.M. and the Shrine Club in Illinois. Bob enjoyed motorcycles, motorcycle racing, snowmobiles and boats. He was a member of the American Motorcycle Association.

Survivors include his wife, Jan; three sons, Greg of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Michael of Waynesville, N.C., Steven (Rhonda) of Monument, Colo.; two daughters-in-law, Susan Gilkey of Lebanon, Tenn. and Sara Gilkey of Waynesville; seven grandchildren, Kyle, Rob and Coleena, Maggie and Jim, Garrett and Austin; three great-grandchildren; one sister, Jean Harrington of Illinois; one brother-in-law, Frank Wood of Elburn; one sister-in-law, Paula Hildebrand of Yorkville; nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends, and his companion dogs, Hooper and Cody.

Also preceding in death was his brother, Jim; and sister, Clarice Wood.

Memorial and Masonic services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at 2 p.m., at the Dunlap Memorial Home with friend, Jack Blodgett officiating. Memorials may be made to Rainbow Hospice Care, who gave Bob such wonderful care.

Karl G. Zimmer

Karl G. Zimmer, 53, of Sugar Grove, passed away unexpectedly, Monday, Sept. 19, 2011.

He was born June 16, 1958, in Chicago, the son of John Sr. and Nancy (LeVangie) Zimmer.

Karl was one of 13 children and spent many of his growing years around the Chicagoland area and attended local schools. Karl had several jobs in the first several years following school but began a career in water purification at Interlake Continental in Broadview, Ill.

Karolyn Rhode tried to set Karl up with a friend, but he ended up falling head over heels in love with Karolyn instead. Their love story began shortly after, and before long they were united in marriage on May 8, 1982.

They began their new life together in Cicero, Ill., for a time and welcomed home two of their five daughters, Rachel and Kate. They bought their first home in Berwyn, Ill., and watched their family grow when Laura, Karla and Dana made their family complete. In 1994, the family moved to Kaneville before finally settling in Sugar Grove in 1999.

While Karl began his career at Interlake Continental, he later began working for Ionpure in Lombard, Ill. Karl’s entrepreneurial spirit soon bloomed and he began his own business, H2O Technical Services. He was so successful in building the business that it was soon bought by US Filter. Karl worked for them as a service manager for two years before longing to be his own boss once again. Karl resurrected H2O Technical Services, built it up once again and eventually partnered with AmeriWater, who honored him with the 2010 National Distributor Award.

Karl’s foundation was built with the help of the local Boy Scout Troop. He grew and learned hard work, determination and love of the outdoors. He worked many jobs to make money for his dues and to help pay for trips and was forever grateful for the opportunities it provided him. He was a big kid at heart who knew how to make you feel special. He was a favorite of not only his daughters, but his nieces, nephews, cousins and neighborhood kids as well. He loved to pull the kids in a trailer with his tractor and later taught them how to drive it. All the kids made a million memories on the playset he built in the backyard, but they made even more when they took a camper on the road, visiting Mt. Rushmore, any campground they could find and later Disney World.

He taught his girls smelt fishing and snipe hunting and was their biggest fan when they played sports at school. You couldn’t find a dad that was more proud. Karl also loved to make home movies. His first camera weighed a ton and was as big as a suitcase, but it never kept him from capturing the perfect moment.

When he sold his first business, Karl officially began his love affair with Harley Davidson, when he bought a Road King. Later, when he restarted his business, Karl upgraded to his Ultra Classic and called it his “therapy”. He enjoyed playing horse shoes almost as much as he loved playing the Lotto, but there was nothing he loved more than becoming a “Grumpa” to his grandchildren. He was a great man who lived a great life but was taken before his time. Karl will be missed by many and never forgotten.

He is survived by his loving wife Karolyn; five daughters, Rachel (Tom) Lang and their son Graham, Kate (Andrew) Clements and their son Owen, Laura (Greg) Reinert, Karla Zimmer with another grandson on the way, and Dana Zimmer; his mother, Nancy Zimmer, six brothers; five sisters and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his father, John Sr.; and one brother, Gerard Zimmer.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 22, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. A funeral to celebrate his life will be Friday, Sept. 23, at Kaneville United Methodist Church in Kaneville. Rev. Mark Harkness, pastor of the church, will officiate and interment will follow at Kaneville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you send a memorial to the charity of your choice. Tributes may be forwarded to www.conleycare.com where you can read his full life story.