Janis "John" Miervaldis Tums, born in Jekabpils, Latvia, Dec. 14, 1928, passed away peacefully at his home in Oak Park, IL on Sept. 28, 2009. John is survived by his children, Nora and Herbert; his brothers, Valdis and Edvins; and nieces and nephews, Normund, Anita, Mara, Edgar, Arnold and Laura. He is also the father of Daina Tums, his first born child, who died in a car accident in 1984. John is a former Chicago Chess Champion and Illinois Chess Champion, and chess and golf brought him much joy throughout his life. A graduate of IIT, he spent his career at Pyle-National in Chicago working as a mechanical engineer. He was a quiet, intelligent, cerebral man with great love for his children, his homeland of Latvia, and his fraternity Lettgallia. John was one of the many Latvians displaced from their homes in World War II. He spent his teenage years in displaced person camps in Europe until his family immigrated to the United States and settled in Chicago in 1950. He married in 1954, and in1962 he settled with his family in Oak Park, IL. Divorced in 1969, he remained in Oak Park for the remainder of his life. The family would like to thank and acknowledge Donald Robinson, who was, along with his daughters Ka'lynn and Courtney, friend, companion, and caretaker to John in his later years, allowing him to remain in the home that he loved. From Herb and Nora, Dad, we miss you. There will be a memorial service Sunday, Oct. 4 at 1:30 p.m. at St Peter's Latvian Lutheran Church, 450 Forest Preserve Dr., Wood Dale. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to either of: World Federation of Free Latvians (PBLA), 400 Hurley Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850; or the Latvian Occupation Museum Fund, c/o Daina Albertins, 1053 Alder Lane, Naperville, IL 60540.