JOHN P. LICHTENHELD ROCKFORD - John P. Lichtenheld, "Jack" to those who knew him, died peacefully at Wesley Willows the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. Born May 27, 1922, in Chicago to Grover and Reba Lichtenheld, Jack attended Elmhurst College where he was a track star, holding the record for the 50 yd. dash for many years. In 1942, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps where he served his country as a B-25 pilot for the duration of WWII. Jack loved flying and he loved telling stories of doing barrel rolls in a Stearman biplane as he flew near South Bend, Indiana, and watched the sun glint off the golden dome of the cathedral at Notre Dame. After the war Jack attended Purdue University where he was art editor of the college yearbook, graduating in 1947. On Jan. 22, 1948, he married Mabel "Scotti" Gillett, who he met on a blind date when she was a nursing student. Jack worked for Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company in sales and management for over 25 years. When PPG left the Rockford market, he went to work for Cardinal Glass Company until his retirement. During this time Jack served as president of the Loves Park Lions Club. Jack was a talented artist who worked in many media, including stained glass (he taught stained glass classes at Rock Valley College) and woodcarving, which became his passion in his retirement years. Jack is survived by his wife, Scotti, and their five children: John (Connie Westly), Ted (Lorin Fulton), Tom (Jan Miller), Peter (Renae Shepler) and Barbara Otwell (Greg). Grandchildren: Johanna Lichtenheld (Tony), Adam Lichtenheld; Andy Lichtenheld (Emily) and Claire Lichtenheld (and their mother, Jan Neudeck); Emily, Zoey and Charlotte Lichtenheld; Alexandra Otwell; and brother, Ken (Pat). He was predeceased by sister, Betty Jane and brothers, Bob and Ric. A memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4848 Turner St., Rockford (where Jack and Scotti have been active members since their marriage), Saturday, December 7, 2013, at 11 a.m. Memorial gifts to Northern Illinois Hospice, The Natural Land institute, or the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockford.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Dec. 1 to Dec. 2, 2013