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King, Emmett Patrick Of Glenview. At rest on October 31 at age 89. Son of the late Patrick Joseph King and Mary Shannon King. Preceded in death by his dear sisters, Marie (John) Egan and Geraldine; beloved husband for 54 years to the late Patricia Tennyson King; proud father of Emmett Jr., Dennis, Colleen, James (Phyllis), Mary (Paul) Strande, and Patrick (Amy); devoted grandfather of Molly Miller, Erin (Jose) Mendez, Matthew, Daniel, and Casey; and great-grandfather of Francisco Patrick and Luz Marie. Emmett grew up in Oak Park and attended St. Giles School and Fenwick High School. At age 20, he was drafted into the Army during World War II. He served for 27 months, 18 of those months in the Pacific Theater. He was involved in the Battle of Okinawa as well as the invasion of Leyte. He received three Overseas Service Bars, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with two Bronze Battle Stars, Bronze Arrowhead, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with two Bronze Stars, and a Good Conduct Medal. He was Honorably Discharged from the Army on March 12, 1946. After his military service, he returned to college and graduated from the Northwestern University School of Commerce in 1948 and began his long career as a general contractor and home builder. He was a lifetime member of local Union No. 1027 of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. As a long-time resident of Glenview, he was an active parishioner of OLPH Church. In 1979, Emmett was named the second recipient of the OLPH Men's Club Mario A. Zanoni Award to recognize his efforts as one of the "founding fathers" in establishing the grade school basketball program at OLPH in the 1960s. Emmett was a "die-hard" Northwestern Wildcats football fan and loved going to the games as a season ticketholder for over 55 years. He will be deeply missed by his family, neighbors, and friends. A Funeral Mass was held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, November 5, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 1775 Grove Street, Glenview. Interment All Saints Cemetery. Donations to Sister Paulanne's Needy Family Fund c/o OLPH Church appreciated.

Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Nov. 22 to Nov. 28, 2012
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