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John Lavery Obituary
icon John R. Lavery, 88, of Tampa, formerly of Oak Brook, Ill, passed away peacefully at Melech Hospice House in Temple Terrace, FL on December 5, 2013 with family. Born in Jacksonville, Ill. on December 20, 1924, Mr. Lavery was the son of Harry D. Lavery and Ruth Kingsley Lavery. He graduated from Routt High School in 1942, the University of Notre Dame in 1945 with a Bachelors of Naval Science degree and 1947 with a degree in Business. He graduated from Northwestern University Law in 1950 and worked in Chicago as an attorney until retiring in 1995. John enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17, was assigned to officer training at Notre Dame, and was commissioned Ensign in the Navy in January 1945 where he served on active duty in the Pacific area until the end of WWII. After the war, John remained in the Active Naval Reserve in Chicago as a member of Submarine Division 9-225 retiring in 1965, with the rank of Lt.Cmdr. after 22 years of total service. He was active in Chicago and DuPage County Republican Organizations from 1948-1985 and was president of the 43rd ward Republican Organization in Chicago from 1964-1970. In 1963, he was Republican candidate for Alderman of the 43'd Ward. Subsequently he worked as a Republican precinct committeeman in DuPage County for 14 years. From 1951-1957 he worked as an attorney with Chicago firm of Campbell, Clithero, and Fischer; from 1957-1969 he was Counsel and Assistant Secretary for Masonite Corporation in Chicago. From 1969 until September 1984 he served as Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois. He was assigned as General Counsel to the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority in Oak Brook, IL. His duties included land acquisition for the 69 mile extension of the East-West Tollway from the western Chicago area to the Iowa border. He also served on the Oak Brook Zoning Board of Appeals from 1973 till 1978, was Chairman of the Plan Commission from 1978 to 1980 and served on the Board of Trustees in 1980. In 1985, he went into private practice in Oak Brook until retirement in 1995, when he moved to Tampa, FL. In 1997, he came out of retirement to assist in building and selling affordable townhomes in Eagle, CO then returned to Tampa. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Roseclaire, and his brother, Harry. He is survived by two daughters, Christina Lavery Caruso and Michelle Lavery, three grandchildren, Katherine, Lauren and Margaret Lavery of Tampa, and a sister, Mary Kocher of Schererville, IN. John was an active member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Tampa serving the Catholic Church as a leader in RCIA and usher. He also served on the Board of St. Vincent DePaul for his parish in Oak Brook Terrace, IL, Ascension of our Lord Catholic Church. There will be a funeral service on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 10am at Christ the King Catholic Church, Tampa with burial to follow at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to St. Vincent DePaul. Visit the online guestbook at www.BlountCurryMacDill.com
Published in Chicago Tribune on Dec. 8, 2013
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