Albert Lawrence â€œLarryâ€ Suggett, Jr., 86, of Kaneville, passed peacefully from this life to eternal life on Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at his home in Kaneville, surrounded by the love of his family.
Larry was born on March 23, 1923, in Chicago, the son of Albert Lawrence Sr. and Nigel Naomi (Baer) Suggett.
He grew up in Evanston and attended local schools.
Larry was drafted into the U.S. Army Air Force Engineers only one day after his marriage to Elva Beck on Nov. 26, 1942, in the Maple Park Methodist Church. He served for three years, serving most of his time in the South Pacific Theater before being honorably discharged on Dec. 11, 1945.
Larry returned to his wife in Maple Park, and they began raising a family. Larry found work in the construction trade for 10 years, using the knowledge he gained in the service. In 1956, Larry began working in sales full time. He worked for many companies over the years, realizing his gift for sales.
His last job was for Equipto Electronics in Aurora, where his expertise increased and he became national sales manager. They began with 326 customers, and before he left 10 years later, they had served over 1,300 customers and increased their business by $1 million dollar a year. From â€œmom and popâ€ companies to fortune 500 companies and the government, Larry served them all faithfully, and upon his retirement in August of 1985, he had 105 sales persons under him throughout the United States and Canada. He was a man devoted to his work, but his family was his prized possession. Following his retirement, Larry loved to take many trips with his wife all around the U.S. and Canada.
He was a member and Past Master of the Maple Park Masonic Lodge for many years before becoming a member of the DeKalb Masonic Lodge when the two joined in the early 1950s.
A lifelong student, Larry was never content to rest on his high school diploma. In 1961, Larry gave of his time to disadvantaged youth at the Boys Home, helping them to read. In addition to taking 12 classes through the military, he continued to take more than 20 different courses throughout his life at Waubonsee Community College. He then turned from student into teacher from 1986 to 1988, when he taught an antique class at Waubonsee Community College for a time, where they sent him to various locations in the community including Elburn, the Tri-cities, the College of DuPage and on to Chicago.
In 1994, he made display cases for the Schingoethe Center to display the Schingoethe Indian artifacts, which is located at Dunham Hall at Aurora University. Another project that Larry volunteered to take on was the rehabilitation of a home in Aurora that became the original Hesed House. Later, he specialized in restoration of Victorian homes in the Fox Valley.
In his spare time, Larry enjoyed staying at his â€œsecond homeâ€ in Nigelâ€™s Point in Land Oâ€™ Lakes, Wis., cooking every meal over an open fire in the summer and navigating the snowcapped peaks and valleys on his skis in the winter. Later, he made the local trip to Villa Olivia to satisfy his cravings. In his younger years, he indulged in his passion for speed by flying his Cessna ZO6 and driving his Jaguar K150 whenever he could. He also was a faithful Santaâ€™s helper, dressed to the hilt in red and white, bringing the joy of Christmas to all he met. His hands crafted hundreds of letters to friends and family, and his eye for taking pictures produced priceless gifts for many.
He leaves now two daughters, Susan Joy (Charles) Gates of Campton, Teri Ann Suggett of Kaneville; seven grandchildren, Kimberly Skaper of Sycamore, Kelly (Mark) McCarney of Aurora, Carrie, Tanya and Chuck Gates of Campton, and Joscelyn and Chanel Suggett of Kaneville; five great-grandchildren, Andrew and Steven Skaper, Shawn, Sharon and Christine McCarney; one great-great grandson, Michael Skaper; one step-sister, Dorothy Anderson of Southern Illinois; and a community of friends.
He joins now his wife, Elva; one daughter, Sharon K. Orr; and his parents, who preceded him in death.
Visitation was from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, at Kaneville United Methodist Church, 46W764 Main Street Road, Kaneville, IL 60144. A funeral to celebrate his life followed the visitation. The Rev. Jason Turner, pastor of the church, officiated, and private family interment followed at Kaneville Cemetery on Monday, Jan. 11.
A memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the â€œAlbert Lawrence â€œLarryâ€ Suggett Jr.â€ 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.