DeKALB – George Andrew Yochem, 80, of DeKalb, Ill., passed away peacefully Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, at Kindred Hospital, Sycamore.
Born Aug. 4, 1933, in Chicago, the son of George W. and Mary (Adamovich) Yochem, George married Marilyn Joan Blomberg on Nov. 28, 1953, in Chicago.
George was a veteran
of the U.S. Army
, having served during the Korean conflict
. He married his high school sweetheart right out of high school, and then George left for the war. The couple celebrated 60 years of marriage in 2013.
He worked for Turner-Cooper Tools for about 30 years, retiring as plant manager and engineer. He started there as a tool-and-die maker, then helped design and oversee the building of three Olympic torches.
George's hobbies included golfing, wood-working and fishing. In his younger years, he played softball, and bowled with the Elks. He loved Door County, Wis., and vacationed there every year.
Everywhere, he made close friends, especially fellow patients at Kish Hospital Rehab, who were like family to him.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; children, James (Jennifer) Yochem of DeKalb and Debbie (Martin Pearson) Prellwitz of Sycamore; grandchildren, Matt (Krissi) Prellwitz, Ryan Prellwitz, Benjamin (Bridget) Yochem and Katie Yochem; sister, Nancy Neal of Carlsbad, Calif.; one niece; and one nephew.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb, with the Rev. Dr. Janet Hunt of First Lutheran Church, DeKalb, officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Park Cemetery, DeKalb, with full military honors by American Legion, AmVets and VFW
. The visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at Anderson Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the George A. Yochem Memorial Fund, sent in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 S. Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115.
For information, visit www.AndersonFuneralHomeLtd.com
or call 815-756-1022.